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Divorce can take a toll on your health

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Divorce |

When you navigate a major life change, it can be stressful to your health, even if it is a change that you desire and have chosen to make. For instance, you might determine it better to file for divorce in a Virginia court rather than remain in an unhappy marriage. As you and your spouse negotiate a fair settlement, it’s important to take good care of your health, especially if things become stressful in court.  

Eat well and drink plenty of water 

When you’re busy or stressed about something in life, it’s easy to forget to do simple things like eat a healthy meal, drink water or get some physical exercise to help you stay healthy and relieve stress. However, issues like dehydration can quickly become serious health problems, including migraine headaches and dizziness, which you wouldn’t want to experience during court proceedings.  

When your goal is to be alert and to have enough energy to resolve issues, such as child custody or property division, it’s helpful to make sure you’re eating healthy foods and getting enough water and exercise.  

Process your emotions on a daily basis 

You might feel betrayed by your spouse if he or she committed infidelity, which led to your decision to divorce. If you and your partner simply grew apart, you might also feel sorrow in the loss of your relationship. It’s not uncommon to experience many different emotions as you navigate the divorce process. To stay emotionally and mentally healthy, however, it’s best to avoid trying to numb your pain by developing bad habits, such as using drugs or excessive consumption of alcohol.  

Ways to reduce stress and stay healthy throughout a divorce 

The following list includes several helpful ideas that can keep mental and emotional stress at bay as you work toward a fair divorce settlement:  

  • Go for a walk or include other physical exercise into your daily routine. 
  • Avoid getting into arguments with your ex, even if you must limit correspondence to texting or email. 
  • Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night.  
  • Use meditation or deep breathing exercises to help you relax and stay calm. 
  • Be proactive to resolve any problem issues that arise.  

It’s important to remember that you’re not helpless when it comes to protecting your rights and financial interests in a divorce. Virginia laws provide clear-cut guidelines regarding child custody issues, property division, alimony and other divorce-related topics. If you have questions or concerns about a specific issue, it’s always best to reach out for additional support rather than try to handle a complex problem on your own.