No one marries with the expectation of divorce. Most people never imagine themselves divorced after the age of 50, either. Divorce rates have doubled in older adults since the 90s. If you know you need to call it quits, you need to be aware that divorce can have adverse health effects on people of all ages.
According to the U.S. News, divorces are a life event that may cause stress-induced health breakdowns.
What health risks come with gray divorce?
One of the significant risks of gray divorce is isolation. Some partners lose their caretaker and their closest companion. When isolated, depression and anxiety become more common. Chronic stress and anxiety can increase the risk of insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
How can you remain healthy after the divorce?
One of the best ways to stay healthy, regardless of a divorce, is to exercise. Try to work out at least 150 minutes every week at moderate intensity. Moderately intense workouts may include brisk walks and yoga. Additionally, try to stay away from alcohol. While some divorcees feel tempted to drink more following the breakup, you should try to keep your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day as a woman or two drinks per day as a man.
One of the best ways to offset the adverse health effects of divorce is to surround yourself with people who care about you. Do not let yourself isolate from friends and family.
Many people become happier following a divorce, but regardless of how happy you are, divorce is still stressful.