A study out this week says divorce has a lasting impact on your health, with divorcees 20 per cent more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses than those who never marry. For those who get married again after divorce, the figure drops to 12 per cent.
The study carried out by Chicago University Researcher Dr Linda Waite, said divorce or widowhood undermines health because incomes drop and stress develops over issues such as shared child care. She explained the study on The Takeaway.
So what’s worse for your health – staying in a bad marriage or divorcing? It seems to be different for everyone, as bloggers here are saying staying in a marriage was bad for them. Christine Northam, a counsellor with Relate says, “It’s another reason to work hard to make marriages last, unless it is a very destructive relationship.”
What’s the best way of dealing with stress in relationships? Is divorce the answer, and is your health ever a consideration when thinking about divorce?