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The physical effects divorce may have on women

Women and men deal with stress and anxiety in different ways, and divorces are full of those negative emotions. While you are both dealing with the dissolution of your marriage, the stresses of divorce may affect men differently than they do women, particularly those women who have been at home raising children and are suddenly faced with the reality of joining the workforce with no recent experience. You may have to find your own housing and start a career at a later point in your life. Statistically, men remarry before women, so even the emotional effects can be harder on women. Physical illness is also common for women going through divorce.

Drastic changes in weight

Some women eat their feelings, and others stay away from food when they are depressed. Many have comfort foods that they turn to when they feel sad, and the negative emotions associated with divorce may take you off your regular exercise routine. Whether you lose your appetite or rely on food to deal with your emotions, drastic weight changes are a serious concern for women going through divorce.

Depression and anxiety

Depression is common during divorce as you may feel you are a "failure" regardless of whose fault it was. If your spouse was unfaithful, abusive or distant, you may deal with issues of self-esteem and self-confidence that plague you for years. Anxiety levels also increase during divorce as you face the world without a companion or spouse. Insecurities abound when you are facing an uncertain future.

Inability to sleep

During divorce, some type of sleep disruption is very common, as are nightmares. Those who are depressed are more likely to be insomniacs, exacerbating the problem. You may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Getting enough sleep is a big part of taking care of your physical and mental health.

Metabolic syndrome

When you have several harmful conditions at one time, you may also have metabolic syndrome. Conditions such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol, excess belly fat and high blood pressure can contribute to metabolic syndrome. This condition also increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Women who are widowed, in unhappy marriages or divorced are more likely than those who are in happy marriages to develop metabolic syndrome.

Protecting your best interests

While you care for your health and children, you need someone in your corner who is focused on securing your future. If you are facing a divorce, we encourage you to have an attorney on your side. Contact a family law attorney today about any questions and concerns you have.

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