12 Depression Busters for Divorce

Find Emotional Peace After Divorce

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Divorce is the second most stressful life event, preceded only by the death of a spouse. And what is that stress capable of? Expediting a severe bout of depression and anxiety to your limbic system (the brain's emotional center), if you're not careful. Acute and chronic stress undermine both emotional and physical health. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior suggests that divorced or widowed people have 20 percent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer than married people.

Another study in Psychological Science claimed that a person's happiness level drops as she approaches divorce, although there is rebounding over time if the person works at it. That what these 12 tips are: suggestions for preventing the devastating depression that often accompanies divorce, and techniques that you can use to keep your happiness level steady or maybe even higher than it is today!

Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog on Beliefnet. Her new book, also called Beyond Blue, has just been published.

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