Manage the physical and psychological effects of divorce to help better you make it through the day.
Stress in itself is not a bad thing, but stress due from divorce can have horrendous effects on our physical and mental well-being. Leaving stress unchecked can lead to all sorts of problems; illness, depression, anxiety, crankiness, inability to focus, anger, loneliness, poor sleep, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, worry, and so on. Divorce will certainly bring on some of these feeling and much more, but you can manage your stress to some degree. If you feel like you are starting to run on empty then consider taking action.
Tips for Managing Stress after Divorce
In this post, I am not going to tell you to slap a smile on your face and fake it till you make it. I am going to share 4 simple things to help you deal with stress after divorce that have nothing to do with positive mental thinking.
- Practice your breathing. Several times throughout the day take some deep breaths, inhale and exhale, stretching out your lungs and relaxing a bit.
- Get back into eating healthy whole foods. By now you should be sick of Carl’s Junior and McDonald’s. It is time to eat foods that will assist your body with the stress at hand. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed full of good nutrients that help your body during tough times. If you find yourself having a good cooking day, cook for the next 3 days, so you have everything prepared. I lived off the grilled chicken breast and raw veggies for weeks. It was easy, and I could prepare several days worth with very little effort.
- Get outside and get some sun and exercise. A brisk walk does the body good.
- Getting the right amount of sleep is important and I have a simple recipe to share for those of you that are having difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep but first a disclaimer: I am not a doctor and you do this at your own risk.
Sleep Aid Recipe
You need 4 supplements: Magnesium, Zinc, Melatonin, and 5-HTP. I take this mixture at night and typically sleep like a baby. Don’t take it too late or you may wake up feeling groggy. The hardest thing to find was the 5-HTP; I ended up buying Nature’s Way 5-HTP from Amazon.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21226679 tells a bit about the sleep studies done. It discusses the Magnesium, Zinc and Melatonin combination. I have found that the 5-HTP works well for me.
You need to refuel and resume taking care of yourself. The longer you leave the stress unchecked and deplete your reserves the harder it will be for you, physically and mentally.