In Sickness and in Health? Can Your Spouse Affect Your Health?

 Posted on December 15, 2016 in Family Law

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyOver two million couples annually recite these words, "to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and health until death do us part." These traditional wedding vows echo throughout a marriage but can your spouse be placing extra emphasis on the "sickness and health" reference? Perhaps, as the following scenarios, compiled by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) demonstrate how your spouse may influence your health either in a good direction or perhaps a direct path to a qualified divorce attorney.

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Obviously, if your spouse is an optimist, even though you may see the glass as half empty, marriages with at least one spouse being the ultimate optimistic, studies report, that both spouses experienced fewer instances of chronic illnesses. Sustainable mobility and motor skills remained intact longer than if one or even both spouses were perceived as pessimistic.

When Arguments Replace Conversations

All marriages have up and downs but if you and your spouse continuously argue, this breakdown in communication can have a noticeable ill effect on both spouses as well as the marriage. If you and your spouse partake in angry outbursts, rest assured elevated blood pressure may arise as a physical symptom of this type of behavior. In the event, you or your spouse tend to internalize thoughts and concerns, this too can lead to stress-related symptomatic physical problems.

Making Healthy Choices

When it comes to downing the pounds, a Colorado State University study suggests that this challenge is better faced alone. By polling 50 overweight couples, those who had decided to diet together had a difficult time of it. Research concluded that one partner’s success could derail the other spouse’s success.

On the other hand, per a recent report from John Hopkins University, when a wife began exercising, 70 percent of husbands followed suit while when the husband made the decision to increase physical activity, 40 percent of wives joined in.

Meeting Your Mate’s Health Challenges

If you are the active lifestyle spouse but your spouse continually partakes in unhealthy habits, be careful not to make these choices your own. Sharing bad habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption can only lead to physical and psychological deficiencies.

Playing the Role of Caregiver

It is not surprising that becoming the sole caregiver for a spouse who is facing physical or psychological issues leads to elevated stress and anxiety. Research supports that a spouse who is caring for a spouse affected by a stroke can lead to particularly long-lasting physical complications for the caregiver.

If after careful consideration you find yourself physically or mentally affected by your spouse’s actions or afflictions and believe it is time to move forward alone, the skilled Hinsdale divorce attorneys of Martoccio & Martoccio would like to discuss the legal options available to you. With over 75 years combined legal experience, our team handles each case with integrity and compassion. Contact our offices today to schedule your no-cost initial consultation today.


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