Posted on November 20, 2017
Surviving The Holidays After Your Divorce
Coping with a recent divorce is especially difficult when the holidays roll around. Your feelings of stress, anxiety, loneliness, and anger may be amplified. It is important to remember in these times that this is normal and that there are steps you can take in order to make the holiday season a little more bearable.
Tips To Make The Holidays Easier After A Divorce
- Plan Ahead – Planning ahead is especially important when there are kids involved. Set a schedule for the holidays early on. Decide who the kids will spend Christmas with, etc. Even schedule out the things you need to do to accomplish all of your holiday goals. Make sure to schedule in some R&R time for yourself as well.
- Create New Traditions – While it’s great to hold on to some old traditions, now is your time start new ones! Get your kids involved in creating new traditions and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Reassure your kids that the holidays may be a little different this year but will still be special.
- Get Support From Friends and Family – It’s healthy to seek emotional support from people in your life. Whether it’s through phone calls or get-togethers, it’s helpful to be able to talk to someone, or to just take your mind off of it.
- Make Time For Yourself – The holidays can be stressful, so make sure to stop every once in a while and do something that makes you happy. Whether it’s watching a TV show you love with a glass of wine or getting pampered at a spa, schedule out a little time for yourself. Your happiness should come first so that you can make those around you happy as well.
The holidays can be very overwhelming after a divorce. There are so many changes that you may begin to feel lost and lonely. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you need it.