Divorce between older couples, generally aged over 50, is a gray divorce. While divorce can cause stress-related health problems in people of all ages, it is more common among older adults. Divorce rates among older adults rose over the last several years, suggests U.S. News.
While divorce may be the best option for you and your spouse, you need to put your health at the forefront of your focus.
How does gray divorce affect your health?
Isolation is one of the biggest threats to your health, following a gray divorce. Naturally, your social circle may change. If you spent many of your adult years in the same social circle as your spouse, you may feel excluded from it. This can lead to self-isolating behaviors and depression. Depression has a link to Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease.
When dealing with the stress of divorce, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, blood pressure issues and insomnia. Treating your stress can help alleviate the symptoms and also help you to avoid serious health problems as a result.
Can you protect your health?
To protect your health, consider the adverse effects and create a strategy to fight against them. For instance, if you worry about losing your social support system or if your spouse is your support system, widen your social circle. Join a club for older adults or become involved in your community. Do not let yourself succumb to a sedentary lifestyle because of your divorce. Exercise and yoga can boost your mood and calm you. Even if you find it difficult, try to leave the house every day.