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How to Celebrate and Get Through the Holidays After Divorce

Harding Law Firm - Friday, December 26, 2014

For men and women who’ve recently divorced, the holidays can be especially challenging. Things have changed, and many of the ways your family celebrated the holidays are different now, perhaps leaving a sense of loss.

Whether you’ve gone through a divorce, are going through a divorce, or know someone planning to divorce, know that there are some key strategies for getting through this year and the years to come.

Making New Holiday Memories Is Okay

Don’t despair! You can make new holiday memories with your children, with friends or other family members, perhaps launching traditions you’ve always wanted to try.

Ever hear the idiom, “Closing one door opens another?” Just because things have changed in your marital status, doesn’t mean you can’t move forward and start anew. In fact, it might just help you get through without feeling that sense of loss.

7 Tips to Getting Through the Holidays Following Divorce:

  1. Plan to do something that is fun, relaxing, and as stress-free as possible with people you care about. If the holidays are too painful and the reminders are everywhere, consider a vacation getaway.
  2. Create new family traditions by celebrating early, or later, or on New Year’s Eve.
  3. Reassure kids that holiday celebrations will still happen. Enlist their help brainstorming what they’d like to add to family events.
  4. Make a schedule to feel less stressed. List everything you need done for the holidays and a target date to complete each task.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Get support from family and friends to help ward off feelings of isolation. If you find yourself dwelling on the past, get up and go out to meet a friend.
  6. Take care of yourself by getting the right amount of sleep, exercise, and eating healthfully, even though it is the holidays.
  7. Keep expectations in check. Holidays are never “perfect.” Especially in the first year after your divorce, try not to expect perfection.

If you or someone you know needs a divorce attorney, call us at Harding Law or email us . Our job is to make the process move along with as little stress as possible and with your best interests in mind.

On behalf of all of us at Harding Law, best wishes this holiday season.