Can Divorce Be Good for Your Health and Well-Being?

A relaxed divorced woman stretching her arms whilst working on a laptop symbolising how divorce can be good for your health and wellbeing

For many people, a divorce is one of the most stressful and challenging situations they will experience, so it’s difficult to imagine that for others it can be very positive. But in what ways can divorce be good for you?

The breakdown and subsequent end of a marriage can be sad and difficult to handle, but this isn’t always the case. For some people, the end of their marriage — despite the initial upset of their relationship ending and the stress of dividing assets — can prove to be very beneficial for their mental health and well-being.

In this post, we’ll discuss the positive effects of divorce on health.

Escaping a Toxic Relationship

Divorce happens when a marriage has broken down to the point where it can’t be saved and, in many cases, it’s because the relationship has become hostile, abusive or toxic for one or both parties. In these situations, a divorce provides an individual with an escape and the opportunity to start over again.

A stressful or abusive relationship can severely impact your mental health, as well as your overall well-being. Intense stress or abuse can not only cause psychological issues, such as depression and insomnia, but it can also lead to physical problems, such as heart conditions and high blood pressure. Leaving a bad relationship behind and putting yourself in a happier, less stressful place — both mentally and physically — will benefit your mind and body.

More Time to Concentrate on Yourself

Although you may have children and, of course, they will always be your top priority, getting a divorce gives you the chance to focus on your own happiness and well-being. A divorce gives you the chance to embrace a new fitness regime, find a hobby or simply enjoy the fact that your time can be spent however you like.

Between looking after your children and attempting to make a marriage work, it can be difficult to prioritise your own needs, but a divorce gives you the time and space to explore everything the world has to offer. Being happy has genuine health benefits and you may find that your unhappy marriage was the cause of several long-term issues.

An Active Social Life

Whether it’s due to marital responsibilities, a controlling partner or another reason, your social life can take a hit when you are in a relationship. Spending more time with friends is not only a welcome distraction from the stress of a divorce, but socialising also provides a number of health benefits.

Being in social situations and enjoying the company of friends is essential when dealing with depression or increased stress. An active social life can even prevent depression, as many people develop mental health issues when isolated during difficult times. As you spend more time going out, you’ll also benefit from being physically active — whether it’s casual engagements or group exercise — and it’s much better for your well-being than being sat at home on the sofa.

Hiring a Reputable Divorce Solicitor

At KMJ Solicitors, we know all too well that the end of a marriage can be difficult to endure, but we have also worked with clients who have gained a better quality of life by getting a divorce. The divorce process can be a complicated and daunting affair, which is why your first step should always be to seek a high-quality family lawyer.

A specialist divorce solicitor will not only have a vast range of legal knowledge, but they’ll also be able to provide advice based on their experience in similar cases. A reputable and well-versed family lawyer will prove to be a vital asset throughout your entire divorce and when it comes to adjusting to post-divorce life.

Are you looking to get a divorce and need the assistance of a bespoke family lawyer? At KMJ Solicitors, we specialise in every aspect of family law and can guide you through the entire divorce process. Get in touch today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.