The holiday season can be a challenge for the newly divorced. Dealing with the details of a marital split can take a toll, but it is often more difficult during the festive holiday season. By following a few divorce tips for the newly single, you can survive the holiday months with your sanity intact.
Create New Traditions and Rituals
For some people, carrying on the same family traditions brings a level of comfort in a divorce. For others, keeping up the facade can be overwhelming. Some people create new family traditions that allow them to adjust to the change. Some spouses celebrate right before or after the holiday or start new gift-giving rituals.
Others celebrate with friends or family or travel to new destinations during the holiday season. Choose the ritual that makes you and your family happy and don’t feel pressured into putting on a brave face.
Develop a Support System
It can be helpful to develop a supportive group of family or friends to help you through the holiday season. If you are feeling isolated or lonely, having friends and family around you can help lift your spirits. If emotions are still raw from the divorce, having a support system will help to distract you from these feelings.
Volunteering your time to help the less fortunate can go a long way in helping to lift your spirits during the holidays. There are many great charities that are in need of additional help and will welcome your generosity. Helping others can make the holiday season a more cheerful time that you will look forward to each year.
Give Yourself the Gift of Healing
During the holiday season, it can be easy to forget about yourself in the whirlwind of family dinners, gift giving and celebration. Treat yourself to the peace of mind that you are starting a new and exciting chapter in your life and that there is a world of possibility open to you.
Dealing with the holiday season post divorce does not have to be a chore. Helpful divorce tips will help you to survive the season.