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Stress-reducing mechanisms may offer benefits during divorce

Numerous situations in life can cause individuals to experience stress. Divorce can be particularly stressful for many people, and finding ways to handle the discomfort and toll that legal proceedings can take may not always be easy. However, New York residents may be interested in a recent study that involved writing and its impacts on stress-related health effects.

Because stress can have negative impacts on people's lives, dealing with that problem effectively could improve many individual's overall health. Certain cardiovascular effects, such as rapid heart rate and high blood pressure, can come about due to experiencing stress during divorce. The recently-conducted study found that these negative effects could be reduced if individuals use narrative writing to address their divorce cases. 

The participants were divided into three groups. One group wrote from an emotional standpoint addressing strong and deep divorce-related emotions. The second group wrote a narrative story, and the third group wrote an emotionally-neutral piece. Of these three assignments, the narrative group showed the most positive results when it came to heart rate and nervous system reactions.

New York residents interested in effectively coping with stress may wish to consider this type of writing as an option. However, no matter how a person chooses to deal with the physical and mental toll of divorce, they likely want to ensure that they handle their legal proceedings in an effective manner. If individuals have particular concerns that they would like to plan for, they may wish to discuss those issues with experienced attorneys.

Source:, "Writing Divorce as 'Story' May Ease Cardiovascular Effects of Stress", Traci Pedersen, May 10, 2017

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