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Help Your Kids Deal With the Effects of Divorce

Help Your Kids Deal With the Effects of Divorce

When parents are going through a divorce, one of their biggest priorities is making sure their children get the emotional support they need. Ideally, parents would like to minimize the impact of the divorce as much as possible. In order to make the divorce easier on the children, parents should recognize how divorce commonly affects kids, and take the necessary steps to make the process as painless as possible. Research on children and divorce typically show that kids will experience a sense of loss. This feeling of loss can manifest in a variety of different ways, depending on several factors. For instance, younger children may show signs of regression in areas such as toilet training, or they may throw more tantrums. Older children and teens tend to experience their loss as depression, rebellion, or other changes to their sleeping or eating habits. Whatever the child’s experience is, parents play a huge part in easing their child’s pain. No matter what your child’s age is, the most important thing to do is to be cooperative and non-confrontational, and to continually ensure your child that you love them and that they will always have two parents. There are several other ways to properly communicate with your child while you are reassuring them. First of all, try not to vent to your child about your own frustrations regarding the divorce. It is fine to be open and honest about your feelings, and it may make your child comfortable enough to open up about how they feel. However, try not to stress your child out with details about your own difficulties. Even years...
Divorce and Health: Studies May Tie Divorce to High Blood Pressure and Obesity

Divorce and Health: Studies May Tie Divorce to High Blood Pressure and Obesity

A new study has discovered delayed side-effects to those who experienced long-term sleep troubles. The study found that those who have trouble sleeping after a divorce for more than 10 weeks are at risk for a rise in blood pressure. The study sought to find the link between divorce and major health problems, including early death. Investigators at the University of Arizona suggest sleep trouble could be one of the factors. Researchers studied 138 people who had been separated or divorce for around 16 weeks. Participants reported on the quality of their sleep during three lab visits spread over seven-and-a-half months, during which their blood pressure was recorded. Initially, the researchers did not identify a link between blood pressure and sleep problems. Eventually, however, they found a delayed effect. “We saw changes in resting blood pressure were associated with sleep problems three months earlier. Earlier sleep problems predicted increases in resting blood pressure over time,” said study co-author David Sbarra, an associate professor of psychology, in a university news release. “What we found was if you’re having sleep problems up to about 10 weeks after your separation, they don’t appear to be associated with your future increase in blood pressure,” Sbarra said. “However, after 10 or so weeks — after some sustained period of time — there seems to be a cumulative bad effect.” In other words, the longer an individual’s sleep problems continued, the higher their risk for high blood pressure. The study, which was published in the journal of Health Psychology, found a connection between higher blood pressure and divorce-related sleep problems, but did not establish a...