It’s no secret that the holidays can be a depressing time for people who are having troubles in life or feel alienated by others. One example is someone who is going through the process of a divorce at a time of the year when family celebrations are common. For people who are splitting with a spouse, it’s easy to feel sad if you recall the holidays spent with your family when you were married. Despite the sadness you may feel, you’ll be able to get through these tough times if you follow a few proven tactics that have worked for others.
- Make things simple – It’s important to relax, especially if you’re feeling stressed. Don’t allow the holiday season to add more pressure on you. Focus on your own priorities this year and be selfish if you need to be.
- Maintain your budget – You’ll definitely need money to handle your divorce. Don’t overspend on the holidays. Instead, maintain a strict budget. People will understand your situation without question.
- Flexibility matters – You don’t have to follow any tradition that you’re not comfortable with when you’re handing a major personal situation like a divorce.
- Take the focus off yourself – One great thing about the holidays is that time of the year is ideal for placing the spotlight on other people. This beats sitting around and dwelling about your divorce. There’s nothing wrong with reflection, but there are other issues and other people that need your attention. Taking your mind off the divorce will improve your mood and you’ll be bringing joy into other people’s lives.
- ‘Tis the season – Try being jolly, regardless of the looming split. There are a lot of things to be grateful for during the holiday season. Find joy where it appears and you’ll get through this tough time.
Time Heals All Wounds
This saying may seem trite, but it’s really true with emotional scars like breakups and divorce. Even though the situation feels awful when you’re going through it, the pain associated with divorce tends to diminish over time. Millions of people experience splits and breakups, so you are definitely not alone in your situation. While the holidays can be a trying time, the fact is the emotions you feel and the holidays will fade and a new year offers new beginnings. By approaching the season with a positive outlook, you’ll likely find there is a lot to celebrate despite your worries of the day.