Men and Divorce: Taking Care of Yourself

Taking good care of yourself during a divorce is not always top of mind for a man. But it should be. Surviving a divorce takes more than choosing a good attorney and avoiding financial troubles. You need to be healthy both physically and mentally to endure what usually becomes a long ordeal.

Working Out

A man dealing with divorce needs to get to the gym or workout on a regular basis. The anger, depression and sleeplessness you experience can take a massive toll on your health, your job, your parenting skills and your relationships.

By taking care of your cardiovascular system, you keep a lot of that bad stuff away. Endorphins released during cardio exercise will help stabilize your moods. You will not only feel better about yourself, but you will start to look better as well. You will drop pounds, reactivate muscles, think more clearly and sleep soundly. All of which are critical if you want to be an effective part of your divorce solution.

If you don't know where to start, consider getting a personal trainer on board to put you on the right program. In many cases, you get a free consultation after joining most fitness facilities such as 24 Hour Fitness.

Eating Healthy

Poor nutrition is another bad side-effect of divorce for men. You either don't feel like eating a healthy meal because you have no appetite, or you're hungry but don't want to cook so you load up on junk and fast food. If you drink too many beers, wine or cocktails, you set yourself up for feeling anything but healthy. None of which will help you deal with the heavyweight issues divorce usually requires such as finances, child custody and your future!

The world renown Mayo Clinic gives you a reasonable alternative and cheat sheet so you get proper nutrition. Proper nutrition means more energy for you. Here is their advice:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Reduce intake of animal foods (eat more fish and chicken)
  • Substitute healthy plant fats in place of saturated and trans fats
  • Limit sweets and salt
  • Control portion sizes and calories you consume
  • Limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks per day.

Getting Sleep

Too many men accept the fact that insomnia or sleeplessness just comes with a divorce. You are constantly worrying about things, asking yourself questions like "what if I lose this or that." It can be extremely challenging to disengage your brain when all you want to do is catch some sleep.

Without sleep, you will not be mentally sharp when you talk with your attorney. You won't be emotionally stable when you perform your job. And you won't be "present" when you spend time with your children.

Working out and eating healthy helps a man sleep better.If you still suffer from getting a good night's sleep after a week or so, you need to talk to your doctor. A nighttime sleep aid can work wonders. Many of them prescribed today are non habit-forming. So don't hesitate to call your doctor if you find yourself suffering from poor sleep.

Source by E James Marsh

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