What is on your “Bucket list”? Did you make a New Year resolution? Are you having trouble sticking with it? At Parker Mediation, we know going through a divorce can be difficult. You are the most important person in your life, so take care of yourself.
Changing living situations may increase stress levels and lead to poor health behaviors. Take steps to minimize the trauma of divorce and protect your mental and physical health. Take time for self-care and access health care if physical or mental health issues arise. Try these simple steps to reduce the likelihood of health decline during divorce.
7 Healthy Tips for Divorce
#1 Keep Moving
If you are serious about staying healthy through your divorce, keep moving. Keep your activity level high, both at work and at home. Workouts using cardiovascular and strength training will help you maintain your energy and health. You will feel good about yourself by making the effort to work out. Go to the gym, take a walk or run, ride your bike or throw some weights around. If you do not have the time, park further away from the door and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Run around with your kids, anything to keep moving.
#2 Eat Healthy
Eat healthy foods to feel good. Divorce can be an emotional time and one way to pack on unwanted pounds is to give in to emotional eating. Keep these three things in mind: first, think about what you are eating and why you are eating it; second, indulge in a little dark chocolate, but eat smaller portions and avoid junk foods; and third, eat a balanced diet containing whole grains, lean meats and loads of fruits and veggies.
#3 Get Out and Play
Do not spend hours watching the television; get out and play.
#4 Keep it Simple
Your life is a little complicated during divorce, so simplify your life starting with the food you eat. Pick out your favorite types of healthy food and stock up. You will satisfy your appetite and avoid temptations.
#5 Pay Attention
Pamper yourself and be aware that what you are going through is temporary. Keep track of your emotions, eating habits, and your weight. If you are gaining weight, reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise.
#6 Stay on Track
If you slip up and overeat or become a couch potato for a day, it’s ok. Just do not give in to old habits too long. Begin again each day with intention to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
#7 Reinvent Yourself
Divorce is a transition period. The opportunity to reinvent yourself is now. Change your habits and change yourself. You can do this!