If you divorced this year, the upcoming holidays might well be more stressful than joyful. However, you can make it easier to navigate this time of year so that it is more enjoyable as you adjust to a new normal.
If you are recently divorced, consider the following tips for your first holiday season after your split.
Try something new
Traditions play a significant role in the holidays, and they can be hard to let go of when your circumstances change. However, this year could be the time to try something new.
Some ideas could include:
- Trying a new restaurant
- Visiting a different church or synagogue
- Starting new traditions
- Volunteering at a non-profit organization
Trying something new can be exciting and fulfilling, so it could be worth doing this year.
Celebrate the little things
The holidays may be different this year, but that doesn’t mean they are not worth celebrating. Though it may sound trite, taking time to appreciate the positives around you can help you feel better when you are down.
Check out holiday lights, make a delicious dinner for someone you love or spend a quiet night watching your favorite movie. Even though these seem like little things, they can bring people a great deal of comfort and joy.
Holidays are stressful for everyone. Taking care of yourself can help you cope with the challenges around you this year.
Eating well, exercising and indulging in the occasional luxury can help reduce stress and anxiety. You might also take a few days off work or a weekend road trip. This article has more suggestions for easing stress during the holidays.
Spend time with people you love
Your family may look different this year, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. Previous years may have involved fights over money with your spouse or trips to see in-laws you did not like; you may have had to endure nights out with your ex’s friends or colleagues when you would have rather stayed home.
This year, spend time with people you love and who love you.
Focus on the future
No matter what the holidays look like this year, keep in mind that just like every other year, they will be over eventually. Focusing on the future can help you get through the challenges of the holidays and move to the next chapter.