Divorce is almost never an easy experience for anyone. If you recently finalized this emotionally challenging process, you may also be dreading the upcoming holiday season, especially if you have young children. Although understandably, you might not be in a very merry mood, you owe it to your children to try to make this a special time for them, despite everything your family has endured. Continue reading for some tips on how to navigate the holiday season in the aftermath of a divorce.
Navigating the Holidays Post-Divorce
Just because your divorce is finalized, does not mean it will be smooth sailing from here on out. Coping with this major life-altering event will take time and getting through your first holiday season will take effort.
Here are some tips on how to approach it:
- Have patience: The holidays can be pretty chaotic even under the best circumstances, so if you are feeling overwhelmed, go easy on yourself and be patient. You are dealing with a very new situation, so do not put too much pressure on yourself to get it right.
- Try to be flexible: The holidays are a time for bonding with friends and family, so try to focus on that rather than on when you celebrate certain holidays. You will likely have to alternate who gets to spend time with the kids every year, so if you do not have them for Christmas this year, celebrate Christmas on a different day with them and start creating new traditions.
- Seek support from your friends and family: Asking for help and reaching out can be difficult for some, but it is important to let those closest to you know that you need their support. No one can read your mind or know what you are going through, so be proactive and ask for what you need.
- Treat yourself: When you start buying gifts for those you love, do not forget to get yourself a gift as well. Being good to yourself and buying something that will make you happy can give you just the boost you need.
- Work with your ex: You might not have the best feelings about your ex-spouse right now, but cooperating will make things easier for your children.
This holiday season may not be easy for you, but if you prioritize self-care and put in the effort, you can get through it.
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