Divorce is one of the most challenging experiences that a growing number of couples face on a global scale. It is a life changing event that no-one foresees or hopes for. However the reality is that hundreds of thousands of individuals come to a crossroads, where divorce seems to be the only option. In the U.S. alone, between 40% and 50% of first marriages end in divorce, according to Divorce Statistics, while the divorce rate of second marriages is an astounding 60%.
A divorce is a lengthy process that can sometimes get messy. Therefore it should not come as a surprise that it takes a tremendous emotional, as well as physical toll on individuals going through it. More often than not, both men and women experience stress, anxiety, depression and new levels of loneliness, which in turn makes them neglect their physical well-being. In other words, one’s psychological and emotional state starts to dictate new daily habits, which may not be the most beneficial for their health. One of the most apparent physical changes triggered by the hardship of divorce is a person eating too little or too much, which leads to weight fluctuation.
Eat, but don’t over eat
People tend to deal with stress and depression in two completely opposite ways. There are some who can’t stop eating because they are anxious or depressed, while others cannot even look at food when dealing with a hard situation. When going through a divorce, it is important to remember you matter and your health matters. So, instead of relying on food for comfort and simply loading up on unhealthy sweets and carbs, make sure you maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet, which will help your body better cope with the difficulty of the situation. You can of course allow yourself to enjoy treats, but moderation is key.
Get rid of negativity by exercising
Besides losing a few extra pounds, did you know that exercising can help you manage stress levels? As stated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, any type of exercise can serve as an endorphin-booster, which is also known as a feel-good hormone. Needless to say, making workouts your daily habit can definitely mitigate the stressful situation of a divorce, and can even get you into a great shape that will help you feel good and look good too.
Whether it’s a peaceful divorce or a messy one you’re going through, one thing to keep in mind is to allow yourself to take the time to care for your emotional and physical well-being. Fight for a joyful spirit and engage in activities that are uplifting. And last but not least, to all of you out there who love food, don’t let it be your main source of comfort. After all, it won’t have positive results in the long run.