As we approach the holiday season, it may appear that we all are fulfilled with holiday cheer. However, for many, the holiday season can be tough and full of tension—especially if you are going through a separation or divorce and have children.
If you are someone going through a separation or divorce, the month of December can amplify your sentiments of loneliness, melancholy, and stress. Understandably, most people going through a separation or divorce feel overwhelmed by the tension and pressure of trying to maintain the status quo, when in fact, their entire world is barely staying afloat.
Although there are some who anticipate the holidays, a recently separated or divorced person often approaches this time of year with anxiety, sorrow, and dread. While there are no easy solutions to treat the holiday blues, there are things you can do to make it easier to manage.
COORDINATE FUN ACTIVITIES – Plan to do activities that are enjoyable, calming, and as stress-free as possible with people you care about and who care about you.
CREATE NEW TRADITIONS & REASSURE YOUR KIDS THINGS WILL STILL BE FUN & FESTIVE – It’s a great idea to create some original customs with family and friends. And if you are excited to introduce your loved ones to some new holiday rituals, they will most likely be excited to create them with you too.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU ARE ACTING “IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD” – Choose ahead of time how holidays will be split. Encourage your kids that you will be JUST FINE while they are with the other parent, and do not disparage the other parent when you are spending alone time with your children. Don’t forget, your kids are learning just as you are how to cope in this new world when their parents are no longer together.
ONE DAY AT A TIME – Always remember, that this time will get easier and better as you learn to cope and readjust your life. Change is not always a bad thing, and in time, you will see that change may even be the best thing for you, even if you don’t see it right away. It’s is perfectly fine to rely on your friends, family, and other healthy support systems if you are feeling alone or depressed. It is also okay to let your support people to let them know you need from them and are grateful they are in your life.
Lastly, do not posture in your mind what the “picture perfect” holidays are. Do what you can to make you happy and you will find that when you drop your expectations, you will feel happier and less stressed.
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