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Divorce can be hazardous to your health

When you're going through a divorce, it can seem to consume all of your time and take over your emotions. It's not unusual for people's mental and physical health to suffer. That's why experts recommend staying with a regular routine, even if it's a new one for you, during the divorce.

The good news is that two years after their divorce, most people report that they feel better, both mentally and physically. However, getting through that time can be challenging.

Many people, if they're able to work out their divorce settlement amicably, choose divorce mediation because it's generally a less stressful, time-consuming process than a litigated divorce.

Whatever process you choose, it's important to be aware of the most common negative health impacts of divorce. That can help you take steps to prevent them.

-- Depression: It's important to remember that sadness and clinical depression are two different things. It's normal to be sad during a divorce. However, people who have a history of depression are at risk for suffering a "depressive episode" during this time. It's rarer, but possible, for the condition to first present during a divorce.

-- Anxiety: While it's normal to be stressed out and anxious at times, if anxiety gets overwhelming, it can cause a multitude of other mental and physical problems.

-- Sleeplessness: This is another issue that can be detrimental to your physical health. One complication of not getting enough sleep is high blood pressure.

-- Cardiovascular disease: Studies have shown that the risk of having a heart attack or developing other types of cardiovascular conditions is even greater for women than for men.

All of these health risks are occurring at a time when people may be at risk of losing their health insurance, at least temporarily, if they were on their spouse's policy. That's why it's important for you and your attorney to work to make sure that you can find a way to remain covered until you get your own coverage.

Your attorney can also likely provide you resources that you need to help ensure that your health -- both mental and physical -- remains a priority during this stressful time.

Source: Self, "6 Ways Getting A Divorce Can Impact Your Health," Robin Hilmantel, July 21, 2016

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