Although the holidays are supposed to be a time of cheer, a divorce can put a damper on your ability to feel joy. After all, life as you once knew it is forever changed and, if you have children, you will likely have to split the time you spend with them. Ultimately, the holidays can feel like a lonely time after a divorce, so we put together some helpful tips on how to get through it.
Post-Divorce Survival Tips
Adjusting to the aftermath of a divorce is hard, especially during a time of year that is built around family-oriented events.
Here are some tips on how to survive the holidays:
- Do not try to convince yourself that you should not be feeling the way you do. Going through a divorce is hard and acknowledging the validity of that is the first step in coping with this experience.
- Your emotional health is important, so do not hesitate to set boundaries for your own wellbeing. Perhaps there are certain gatherings you want to avoid, certain people you would rather not interact with, and topics you do not want to discuss. Share these preferences with those closest to you to avoid any triggering incidents.
- Many often overindulge in alcohol during the holidays and, while the temptation to numb what you are feeling may be strong, now is the time to stay present and in the moment. If you choose to drink, set a limit and stick to it.
- One of the most heartbreaking aspects of celebrating the holidays after a divorce is the fact that so much about the traditions you once held dear will change. Instead of dwelling on these changes, consider creating some new traditions that you can cherish now and for many years to come.
- If you are having a particularly difficult time coping with the holiday season, look outward and consider volunteering and giving back to others. Look for opportunities through your community center, but be sure to plan ahead since some organizations require volunteers to register and go through an orientation process.
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