As the new year draws ever closer, you may be thinking about your list of resolutions. If you are in an unhappy or otherwise unsuccessful marriage, divorcing your spouse may be on your list. This is common, as many partners choose to wait until after the holidays conclude to file for divorce.

Focusing on your physical and mental health may also be a priority in 2020. If you divorce your spouse, though, it may become absolutely essential. That is, according to a recent study, divorced men have a significantly higher chance of dying from heart disease. Here are some ways you can use your divorce as motivation to get healthy:

Try to reduce stress 

Being in a miserable marriage can be unbelievably stressful. The same is true for going through a protracted divorce battle. Still, individuals with increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol often have higher cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar. These can all contribute to heart disease. Therefore, try to commit to reducing stress. Seeing a therapist, practicing yoga, meditating and other stress-relieving activities may work for you.

Stick to a healthy diet 

In your post-divorce world, you may experience a new type of freedom. While it may be possible to eat fast food several times a day, doing so may take a tremendous toll on your physical health. As such, you may want to develop an eating plan and stick to it. Studies have shown that spinach, avocados, legumes and other whole foods improve heart health.

Get some exercise 

Even though regular exercise is important for men of all ages, getting some during and after your divorce may be downright essential for combating heart disease. Just 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity may make a vast difference. Exercise may also help you manage stress and anxiety.

If you are making resolutions for next year, a healthier lifestyle is probably on your list. If your plans also include ending your marriage, getting healthy may be essential for preventing future heart disease.