Staying Healthy Through Your Divorce

Walking is an anywhere, anytime activity and a social sport. Grab a friend or two at lunch, slip off your heels or loafers and put on your walking shoes for a trek through the great outdoors. It beats slouching around the coffee machine. The benefits that you get from walking include:

  • Greater energy
  • Greater resistance to illness
  • Greater resistance to stress
  • Less susceptibility to injury than most other forms of exercise
  • Lower anxiety
  • Lower risk of certain degenerative diseases
  • Stronger bones and stronger, more efficient lungs

Good nutrition goes hand-in-hand with an exercise routine. What you eat and drink affects your entire physical-mental self. Like a car low on fluids, the body gives signals of distress when it is not well-nourished. If you exist on cola and sugar, your mood swings or episodes of hyperactivity probably rule your productivity and sense of well-being. Like a car, your body can’t operate well on low-quality fuel. Good nutrition goes a long way toward taking care of yourself. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

  • DO eat 2-3 balanced meals a day or "graze" throughout the day on wholesome foods
  • DO shop for the four basic food groups - grains/ cereals, fruits & vegetables, meat/protein, dairy
  • DO eat fish for vitamin A
  • DO eat small portions and eat slowly
  • DO eat with someone at least once per day
  • DO drink 6-8 glasses of water per day
  • DO pamper yourself and splurge occasionally
  • DO use polyunsaturated fats
  • DO learn the cholesterol levels of foods
  • DO remember what you eat affects your performance and try to monitor what works for you
  • DO spread your intake of food among all your meals
  • DO enjoy a pleasant atmosphere for eating

  • DON’T skip meals
  • DON’T argue while eating
  • DON’T eat while standing
  • DON’T overuse alcohol, especially while eating
  • DON’T eat late at night
  • DON’T make a habit of eating at odd hours
  • DON’T rush while eating

With diet and exercise well under control, you are well on your way toward coping with stress.



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