Regardless of how necessary or amicable your divorce may be, it is still a traumatic event that changes your life forever. Your mind and body may respond to the trauma in ways that you do not anticipate.
After your divorce, you may observe negative changes in your physical or mental health. You should not necessarily avoid bringing a bad relationship to an end out of concern over adverse health effects. However, you should know what to expect so you can take steps to preserve your health. Best Life describes mental and physical health effects you may experience.
Many people report increased anxiety following divorce. This may be due to the uncertainty that comes with the end of a long-term relationship. You must now learn how to support yourself. You do not have your spouse to lean on anymore, and that can cause you to feel exposed and vulnerable. You no longer have a clear idea of what your future will look like in either the short term or the long term. These effects of divorce are not inherently bad. Eventually, you can learn to see them as an advantage. Initially, however, they can affect your mental health in severely negative ways.
Divorce may increase your risk for heart disease. The results of a study published approximately 10 years ago indicated that divorced people are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems in middle age compared to married people. The risk of developing heart disease after divorce seemed to be higher for women than for men. However, the study also looked specifically at African American men and women, so the risk may be different for people of other races.