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Advice on Women’s Health
Divorce can be such a challenging time emotionally, financially, and physically. Not only do you have to deal with the divorce case, lawyers, judges, and other professionals who might be involved, but you also may have to cope with finding a new place to live, a new job, and new financial obligations. It’s even more important, then, to think about your health and do some things to maintain it.
A Challenge for Women
Going through a divorce can be the most challenging time in a woman’s life. Changes come fast and furious. It’s hard enough to adjust to being single again, but if you compound this with the financial and emotional adjustments of a divorce, a woman’s mental and physical well-being may be at risk.
The stress of divorce may wear down many aspects of women’s health according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found. The study focused on interviews with more than 400 mothers of adolescent children, including 80 women who had just gone through a divorce. The interviews began in the early 1990s and were repeated 10 years later. Even as stress dropped off over the years, it left an unmistakable mark on a divorced women’s health. After 10 years, the divorced women reported significantly more health problems than the married women.
Divorced women were more likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, depression, stomach trouble, and other conditions that are strongly correlated with stress than married women. The health gap that developed between the divorced and married women is especially striking because the two groups were equally healthy when the study began. But as years passed, divorce appeared to have had a direct impact on a woman’s health.
Don’t Risk Your Happiness
In a report, (Wallerstein JS, Blakeslee S. Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade after Divorce. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989) the long-term happiness of divorce women was studied. This study showed that most family functioning is worse 12 to 18 months after the divorce than at the time immediately pertaining to the divorce:
- 5 years later, one third of the children were still functioning at a lower level than they did at the time of the divorce.
- 1 in 3 children of divorced families found themselves still embroiled in the ongoing bitterness of their 2 battling parents.
- 10 years after the divorce, one half of the women and one third of the men studied were still intensely angry at their former spouses.
The continuing animosity and conflict between the parents were frequently transmitted to their children, who become caught in the crossfire.
Is There a Correlation Between Happiness and Health? Probably!
If these studies are to be believed, the long-term consequences on women’s happiness and health can be considerable. Yet women can improve their chances of moving on to better lives and greater happiness through positive coping mechanisms and strong life choices.
Don’t be a victim of divorce. Take charge of your health and well-being now. Schedule your complimentary case evaluation.