Divorce can be draining. The negative effect it has on your mental, emotional, and physical health can be detrimental to your overall well-being. Many divorcees face periods of depression or anxiety, as well as drastic changes in weight. The benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle are well documented, but how can they improve your divorce?
Exercise is great for your mind, body, and spirit. Breaking a sweat increases the release of neurotransmitters known as endorphins. Endorphins help create a feeling of euphoria, which reverses negative mood changes. Next time you’re feeling sad or anxious about your divorce, try to get active and make note of how you feel afterwards. Find a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle to make getting active easier.
Saving Money While Staying Active
Contested divorce cases can be expensive, and you may not have the money to spare for pricey gym memberships. Sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you have to forego exercise and staying active. Websites like Groupon and LivingSocial offer trial gym or fitness class memberships at rock-bottom prices. Joining community based sports teams can be a great way to stay active, and the interaction with a social group will help keep your mind healthy, too!
For those who prefer to break a sweat alone, there are still many options. You can take up biking or running, or workout at home with free programs like Fitness Blender. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just that you do. The end result isn’t necessarily about losing weight and getting in shape. While making healthy changes can be great, the main focus is to keep a positive outlook during divorce. Good mental health is imperative to coping with major life changes.
Beware of Divorce Related Weight Issues
Not only can exercise improve your mood, but it can also help keep your body weight steady. One of two extremes often happen during stressful divorce cases: excessive weight gain, or excessive weight loss. A combination of exercise and a well-rounded diet can combat any unhealthy weight or body changes.These extreme appearance changes can negatively impact your self-esteem and lead to feelings of depression, worthlessness, or increased levels of anxiety.
When Exercise Doesn’t Work
If exercise or socialization isn’t enough to help you overcome the negative emotions that are associated with divorce, then it may be time to seek other options. Many divorce litigants seek the services of professional therapists or counselors to help cope with the feelings of loss during their separation. Victims of abuse or those who have a previous history with depression will benefit greatly from therapy. Therapists and counselors can help teach their patients how to be more mindful, and provide tools and coping strategies.
New York City Divorce Advocates
At Brian D. Perskin & Associates, P.C., we recognize the personal battles that many of our divorce clients face. Because of this, we focus our attention on aggressively advocating on their behalf throughout the divorce process, which allows our client’s to put their energy into staying mentally healthy and strong. For more information on New York City divorce and family law, contact us for a free, no obligation consultation today!