Going through a divorce is stressful. No matter if you or your spouse filed for the divorce, the process is draining both emotionally and physically.

During this high stress time, it’s important to stay healthy. Taking care of your health will give you strength to deal with the challenges and changes.

Here are three ways to stay healthy during your divorce.

1- Set an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed on time.

Sleeping between seven and nine hours every night will help your body repair. You’ll make better decisions when you’re not sleep deprived.

Read our previous post, “Why You Shouldn’t Compromise Your Sleep ,” for more health benefits of getting sufficient sleep.

2- Sign up for a meal delivery service.

During stressful times, you’ll find yourself either losing weight or gaining weight. With a meal delivery service, you’ll fuel your body with healthy foods.

With the popularity of these programs, you’ll find a service that will meet your needs. Some programs have all the ingredients prepped for you to cook at home.

There are also programs that have the meal already cooked and delivered to your home or nearby location for pick-up.

3- Sign up for an exercise class.

You may think you don’t have time for a class but you do. Take a break from social media and watching TV. Use that time to workout.

Engaging in physical activity will increase your endorphins and boost your mood. Signing up for a class will make sure you schedule physical activity on your calendar.

Look for a class that will be fun for you. Explore low impact classes such as yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates. For higher energy, consider an aerobic class such as Jazzercise or Zumba.

When going through a divorce, it’s easy to eat junk food and stay up late. But those habits will hurt you in the long run.

Make yourself a priority by getting sufficient sleep, eating healthy, and exercising. You’ll be better prepared to handle stress with a healthy body.


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”