If you are in an unhappy marriage, it can manifest itself in ways you might not consider. You sometimes hear people say things like, “You make my head hurt,” or “My spouse is a pain in the butt.” As throwaway as those comments might seem, they could be more accurate than you realize.
There’s a Latin phrase people often quote to highlight the importance of exercise, “Mens sana in corpore sano.” It means a sound mind in a sound body. The two are related. Exercise can benefit your mental health, and poor mental wellbeing can harm your physical health.
An unhappy marriage can quite literally be bad for your health
If your marriage is on the rocks, you may experience stress, anxiety and depression. Your situation could be affecting your physical health too.
Let’s say you have been experiencing back pain for several years. You pay a chiropractor or massage therapist to relieve that pain, yet it always comes back. You need to think about what is causing that pain. It could just be something physical such as poor posture while sitting on an office chair all day. Or it could be the weight of your marital problems making themselves felt.
Neck pain, back pain, headaches and migraines are often due to emotional stress in our lives. Next time you argue with your spouse or enter the room on edge because they are there, notice how tense your body feels. Compare that with the relaxed feeling you get throughout your body when laughing or having fun.
Not all physical pain can be traced to your marriage. Yet, it is worth considering the possibility. Divorce may bring more stress and pain in the short term, yet sometimes it is the best long-term solution available to improve your emotional and physical health. With the right legal guidance, you could be on your way to feeling better sooner than you think.