How divorce affects your mental and physical health

How divorce affects your mental and physical health

When divorce proceedings lead to a high degree of conflict, a range of poor mental health outcomes can occur.

At Bond Adams Solicitors we are on hand to assist with this very traumatic process.

Seeking out professional divorce guidance can help bring an element of stability and structure to tense and stressful negotiations, but there is little doubt that going through a divorce can have a negative impact on your mental health.

What type of behaviours can arise from a divorce?

You may find you are much more prone to the effects of depression and anxiety during this turbulent and transitional period in your life.

Those stress levels are raised even higher when there is conflict in the divorce process such as disagreements over custody and access to children.

How divorce affects your health

Maintaining good mental health often starts with remembering to take care of yourself physically too. Try to maintain a healthy diet and take regular exercise, which will help to sustain you. Trying to keep a regular and sufficient sleep pattern is also important for being able to cope with the emotional turmoil of divorce.

Give yourself permission to relax and to participate in hobbies that you enjoy to try and help you emotionally regulate and stay connected with your friends.

Everyone is different, and that means that some of us will cope with the stress and anxiety of divorce better than others. How divorce affects you will be a very personal journey. It is OK to feel sadness, grief, confusion and a whole host of other emotions. This is a very normal part of the experience.

Finding a way forward

The physical manifestations of stress can have a detrimental impact on your daily life. It is imperative that you try to find ways to cope and move on with the next chapter of your life.

If you have a network of friends and family, we encourage you to reach out and ask for support at such a difficult time. As well as getting professional legal guidance to ease the burden of divorce proceedings you may find cognitive behavioural therapy or support groups helpful to work through your emotional journey.

You are not alone

Sharing experiences can be therapeutic and have a releasing effect on the huge emotional burden that can build up through divorce proceedings. You may find that you need to go through a grieving process for the loss of your marriage as well as feeling very uncertain about what the future will hold for you. Talking to others who have been through the same experience can be very helpful in showing you that this is a transitional period in your life which you will get through.

Make sure you take all the right steps to look after your physical and mental well-being at such a difficult time.

For all your family law needs, contact Bond Adams Solicitors on 0116 285 8080 (nationwide) or email

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