Many older adults are choosing to divorce after 50. You may feel like you and your spouse fell out of love or maybe you waited for your children to be adults and independent before considering divorce.
According to the U.S. News, various health risks occur with gray divorce. If you want to remain healthy, you have to take steps to avoid the risks.
Health risks associated with divorce
To divorce later in life has higher risks of depression and physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and more. You may find yourself unable to focus and fatigued. Often older adults find it challenging to find joy during and after the divorce. If you cannot sleep, it can have a substantial impact on your day-to-day life. People forget to take care of essential tasks like grocery shopping and taking their medication.
One of the significant health concerns associated with gray divorce is isolation. If you feel isolated, it can worsen depressive symptoms and make you feel alienated from your life.
Protecting your health during the divorce
To protect your health, be proactive. Expand your social network and avoid isolation. Consider joining clubs or other communities. You may find more happiness following the divorce and the ability to make new friends and discover new hobbies and passions. Generally, separation from a partner you no longer love or a relationship that became toxic has health benefits in the long run.
Focus on a healthier version of yourself through lifestyle and exercise. Your physical health directly impacts your mental health and vice versa.