People often talk about trying to reduce their stress. This is often just for their own daily well-being, as it’s not enjoyable to live under constant stress.
But, as it turns out, stress could take a greater toll on your life than simply making you feel less happy or satisfied. It could have a cascading effect, introducing more stressors and even leading to a divorce.
How stress builds on itself
The trouble, in many cases, is that stress builds on itself. The initial event may not have pushed you to divorce, but the string of events could.
For instance, say your spouse loses their job. This is clearly a stressful situation, but you try to support them.
Unfortunately, this also means that they lose their health insurance and that you have to move out of the house. You start feeling insecure. To cope, your spouse starts drinking more. This puts more stress on you and the kids, and it puts extra stress on your budget. Slowly, your financial situation gets worse and your spouse seems farther away from getting a new job than they were when they lost the first one. Eventually, you can’t even afford to pay the bills and you are now living under constant stress — that all started with that job loss.
What steps to take
You can see how something like this would make you consider a divorce. You don’t want to live with this constant stress, and you don’t see things getting better any time soon. If you do file for divorce, be sure you know what legal steps to take.