Everywhere we hear about the health benefits of being married which breaks the heart of millions of single people out there. All these single people now have a great news to rejoice-being unattached has its own health perks too!
Married folks have lowered risk of dementia, suffer less from the stress hormone cortisol, live longer, have lower blood pressure and so on! The bait here is not the relationship status of ‘married’ but the happiness and good quality of life that you enjoy as a result of your relationship status. One study found that marriage over time neither increased nor decreased men’s health and only the oldest women with the longest marriage tenure found happiness to improve their health.
Hence, we need to bother more about the quality of life rather than the relationship status when it comes to our health. It is better to be single than be involved in a complicated relationship which is bad and stressful. Flying solo can benefit your health in the below given ways:
Singles exercise more: Rather than brooding over the ‘single’ status, many individuals are investing more time in what they enjoy doing and exercise is one such option. One research also proves the same that married adults invest less time in physical activity compared to their unmarried counterparts. This is also practically true as these unmarried people have more time for caring and pampering their self and hold no responsibility towards others. Such self-care promotes health and well-being.
Single people often get a good night’s sleep: A survey conducted in 2017 found that single people sleep for almost 7.13 hours every night compared to married, divorced, widowed or separated people. They get a good night’s sleep comparatively and are never bugged by a tossing, turning or snoring partner.
Single people weigh less: One study has found that divorced women spent more time exercising and lost weight, women who got married put on weight and those who were single put on fewer kilograms. One reason for single people to weigh less is mostly because of better sleep and more exercise routines. Any category of people who wish to lose weight in a healthy way can get in touch with reputed dietitians and nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com.
Single people have a broader social connectivity: Social isolation can cause similar ill effects as obesity, tobacco smoking or consuming alcohol. Also, feeling left out or alone in a relationship is as equal as staying single and having a group of friends who stay connected to each other even when the connection does not come in the form of a spouse is healthy. Also, single people have better relationship with their friends, neighbors, parents and family.
Single people have a greater autonomy: Unmarried persons have no dependencies and can do as they wish. For instance, they can quit their job, study, move to another city or country and start all over again which is never possible in the case of married people. Single people have better control over their decision and behavior and are hence, healthier. Being single gives them a feeling of control and empowerment which they enjoy tremendously.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.