Tips to Help You Deal With Your Divorce Over the Holidays
Divorce is a stressful and emotional process no matter what time of year you’re going through it, but it can be especially difficult around the holidays.
People going through a divorce or having just recently finalized a divorce face more time with family who may have uncomfortable questions or unsolicited opinions about the recent change in your life. You might also no longer be able to participate in some long-term family traditions.
Here are a few tips that can help you get through the holidays when also going through a divorce.
- Do something for you: Often over the holidays we spend a lot of time thinking about others rather than ourselves. Be kind to yourself and find a chance to do something just for you. This could be spending time with friends, or devoting some time to yourself with a good book and a glass of wine. Whatever it is that relaxes you, make room for it during the busy holiday season.
- Don’t isolate yourself: While the prospect of spending time with other people might not be particularly exciting when you’re hurting, ultimately you will likely feel worse if you avoid human interaction altogether. Reach out to people you know will be supportive and care about you and spend time with them. Take advantage of your support system.
- Begin new traditions: You will probably have to say goodbye to some old traditions after your divorce, so now is a perfect time to start some new ones.
- Stay flexible with your children: The date on which you celebrate the holiday with your children should not matter as much as the fact that you get to celebrate with them at all. If the logistics don’t work out for you to spend time with your kids on Christmas or Thanksgiving Day, you still have plenty of other opportunities for having a great, memorable celebration with them.
For more tips about enjoying the holidays even while (or after) going through a divorce, contact a trusted divorce lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.