Coping with divorce is hard enough as it is; however, the ordeal is more magnified during the holiday season. This time of year serves as a constant reminder of festive, merrier times in contrast by the hardship associated with an end to a marriage, especially when children are involved. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make the holidays easier.
The following are helpful tips to cope with divorce during the holiday season:
- Planning keeps you busy. Plan to do something fun, relaxing, and stress-free with friends and family. Furthermore, you can also plan a getaway vacation.
- Create new family traditions and rituals. Past traditions can bring back memories that can be painful, which is why it is a good idea to make new ones with loved ones. You can even get your children involved in coming up with ideas to bring back the holiday cheer.
- Act in the best interest of the children. It is imperative to create a holiday schedule with the other parent to avoid any confusion or conflict.
- Take care of yourself. Eating healthy, exercising, and getting the proper amount of sleep can make you feel physically, and perhaps mentally, great. It can be tempting to over eat or drink to dull the pain, but that creates more issues in the long run.
- Rely on your support system for help. Whenever your emotions get the best of you, always ask for help from supportive family members and friends, especially those who have experienced divorce as well.
- New year, new you. While the new year often means new beginnings, this time around is especially significant. If you are able to survive the holidays, perhaps becoming stronger in the process, take this time to celebrate the start of a fresh new chapter in life.