There’s no denying it: Divorce is one of the most significant events in anybody’s life. Unfortunately, it’s also a difficult and heart-wrenching event – and that’s true no matter who initiated the separation.

When it comes to maintaining your health after a divorce, there are several mental and physical concerns to keep in mind. For many divorcees, it’s much easier to fall into bad habits than it is to stay healthy. Staying in top form takes work, but the long-term results for you and your family will be well worth the effort.

Here are four ways maintain (or even improve) your health following a divorce:

1. Find support.

You’re not the only person who’s ever been divorced – not even close. And dealing with divorce is hard for everyone.

Whether it’s a group that meets formally each week or a friend or relative who has experienced similar circumstances, it’s important to find somebody to lean on. Because without a support network, it’s impossible to open up and find emotional solace. Seeking out and finding support will do wonders for your your mental health after a psychologically traumatizing experience.

If you’re having trouble finding someone to talk to, reach out to people already in your network. Even your divorce attorney may know of local organizations that support recent divorcees. Civic groups and religious institutions in many communities host formal gatherings to offer divorce advice or support.

2. Make meaningful lifestyle changes.

Getting a divorce was already a big lifestyle change. Instead of using your new circumstances to sink into bad habits like overeating, smoking, or alcoholism, use them as an excuse to reinvent yourself.

Always wanted to be a runner? Start running. Thought about trying yoga but never got around to signing up? Now’s the time to get started. It doesn’t have to be physical activity – even picking up a new hobby can do wonders for your emotional wellness.

This bit of advice is especially important for anyone who spent most of his or her time only being a spouse prior to the divorce. If being married was your primary sense of identity, finding a new way to define yourself is absolutely essential.

3. Keep children away from the conflict.

While your children have a right to know the circumstances of your divorce, it’s best to keep them away from the conflict itself. In other words, try to keep surface-level relations between you and your spouse as cordial as possible when your children are present.

There’s nothing to be gained by having your children “take sides” during the divorce. Their long-term health will suffer for it, and you’ll be putting your own relationship with them at risk.

4. Buy health insurance.

Emotional health concerns aside, don’t forget to purchase health insurance. If you were relying on your spouse’s employer for coverage, the day to purchase an individual health policy is the the first day you’re divorced.

Going without insurance just isn’t worth it. If you become ill or are involved in an accident, you risk going deep into debt just to pay medical expenses. And uninsured people can be especially prone to illness if the lack of insurance keeps them from receiving routine checkups.

So bite the bullet and buy the policy. Your health is well worth the cost.