Staying Healthy Through Your Divorce
Key Points
  • Exercise and eating right during your divorce are essential and easy ways to stay healthy. It is important to get enough rest and fluids as well as the right types of foods to keep up your energy.
  • It is easy to graze, eating little bits, picking up a piece of candy here, a pretzel there, all day long, this is unhealthy and can pack on the pounds. Make sure you are not skipping meals, your body goes into starvation mode and anything you eat may turn right to fat. Make sure your eating habits are as health as they can be, and don’t forget to splurge once in a while on that ice cream.
  • Walking is a great way to exercise with little resistance and less injury. Walking lowers anxiety and not too taxing on your lungs.

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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