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Illinois employment law attorneyWhen you rely on a staff to help promote your company’s interests, it is important to be aware of your employees’ needs. Unhappy, overworked employees can quickly lead to decreased morale, reduced productivity, and lower profitability for your business. Aside from the numbers, it is also important to look after your employees as people—men and women who have committed themselves to helping you reach your professional goals.

Over the last couple weeks, the internet has been abuzz with commentary regarding a Michigan woman’s decision to take a mental health day away from work. More accurately, the talk has been focused on her manager’s positive response and the realization that more companies should be as supportive of their workers.

Sick Days for Mental Health

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Lombard estate planning lawyerWhen it comes to estate planning and documenting your wishes regarding your health care, it is important to know which options you have and to understand your rights before you put anything in writing. After all, this is your chance to speak your mind concerning what you do and do not want in the event you are incapacitated and unable to make decisions about your own health.

Acquainting yourself with the full scope of the options available to you can help you select the advance directives that best suit your needs and desires. Having these plans in place not only offers the advantage of bringing you peace of mind, but it can also benefit your loved ones as well by providing them with the comfort knowing you are prepared for the unexpected.

The Four Main Advance Directive Options in Illinois

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mental healthThere are many reasons which cause people to make the decision to file for divorce. Sadly, one of those reasons is when the other spouse suffers from mental illness. Studies have shown that people who suffer from mental illness have a higher rate of divorce. One study that was conducted in 2011 actually put that divorce rate increase at between 20 to 80 percent.

The multi-national study was conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The researchers found 18 different mental disorders which not only had an effect on whether or not a person dealing with one or more of those disorders stayed married, but also affected whether or not they married in the first place.

The mental disorders which had the largest impact on divorce rates were alcohol abuse, major depression, and specific phobia, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

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unhappy marriage heart healthIf you are stuck in a bad marriage, you may be suffering from a broken heart – literally. A new study has concluded that there is a link between living in an unhappy marriage and dealing with heart disease.

Previous studies which suggested such a link were all lab-based. This new study, which was funded by the National Institute of Aging and recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, was the first population-representative research to confirm these findings. The research team was made up of sociologists from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

The study examined data collected for the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. The data used was taken over a period of five years from 1,200 married men and women. At the beginning of that project, the ages of participants ranged in age from 57 to 85 years old. Not only did participants answer questions regarding the quality of their marriage, but they were also asked questions regarding their cardio-health and subjected to lab tests over the five years of the project.

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Life has its twists and turns, which unfortunately, for many Illinois couples, may include divorce. Some people may not realize the damage that a divorce can cause to one's health. Getting the outcome that you desire is important, but equally as important is your physical and mental well-being. The Telegraph stresses the importance of taking care of yourself throughout the divorce process and afterwards. PamBecause the process can be overwhelming, it is easy to focus on everything other than good health when you are going through a divorce. However, the lasting effects of a divorce may make you reconsider. Most people are aware that divorce could lead to short-term depression and anxiety. Nevertheless, going through a divorce can also be linked to higher risks of breast cancer and heart disease. To combat the risk of poor health during a divorce, eat regularly. The loss of appetite is often reported, but this should be avoided to maintain good health. Find a healthy way, rather than a destructive way, to manage stress levels. Avoid smoking and overuse of alcohol, as these vices may seem to offer relief, but will work against good health. Exercise and meditation are constructive ways to relieve stress. Staying connected with close friends and family is important. Express your emotions to people who will not judge you and those who have your best interests in mind. Now is not the time to avoid friends. Getting the help and the support that you need is critical to your health. Getting through a divorce can seem impossible for some. Ensuring that you are healthy mentally and physically during this stressful time will only help matters. Having an experienced Illinois divorce attorney working on our behalf can make a favorable outcome more achievable. Set yourself up to succeed by contacting a lawyer today.

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