Relationship problems and divorce are a major cause of stress, anxiety, and depression. If not dealt with they can lead to other health problems and affect your mental and physical health.
It is estimated that over 17 percent of the U.S. population has an anxiety disorder that requires some form of treatment. In the olden days, you may be prescribed medication to deal with your anxiety, but evidence may suggest that regular exercise reduces anxiety. Anxiety often becomes too much when life gets overwhelming, and the demands exceed a person’s ability to cope. A person may begin to worry too much, have self-doubt and apprehension affecting their day-to-day life.
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Life has its anxious moments already; public speaking, meeting deadlines, searching for work, getting stuck in traffic, just to name a few. In my life, it is evident that divorce leads to additional anxiety. I would find myself sitting in my car and the anxiousness to get home was overwhelming. In all honesty, it is hard to explain. My heart would race and pound, and my breathing would become shallow for what seemed like no apparent reason.
I wasn’t much of a worrier until after my divorce. Now I had plenty to worry about. Can I survive off one income, will I make a good dad, will I ever find love again, how will I do it all alone, and WHY did this happen? All these things, and more, would make me feel keyed up and unable to relax. At times it would come and go, and at times it would be constant. It could go on for days. I just couldn’t let something go.
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