There’s often no good time for a divorce, but the holidays can make it feel like it’s the worst time for a family matter. Whether you’re seeking a divorce or on the other end, it shouldn’t affect your holiday.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you go through a divorce this holiday season:
1. Talk to the people close to you
Your best support group to help you through your divorce is likely the people closest to you. You may have friends or family members that you can talk to about your divorce who may also give you a few words of advice to help you through this difficult time. Whoever you find may even be able to help create meaningful memories and traditions for future holidays.
Likewise, if you have a therapist, you may be able to reach out to them for support. Many therapists have experience helping people go through a divorce during the holiday.
2. Stay away from social media
One of the worst feelings you can get is looking on social media and seeing pictures of how your soon-to-be-ex-spouse is spending the holiday. Or, you may see people you know spending time with their loved ones. As such, it may help to avoid social media and be reminded of the past.
Conversely, you may want to avoid posting anything on social media too. Your soon-to-be-ex-spouse may not like what they see you post online, which can lead to angry texts and calls, ruining your holiday cheer.
3. Focus on yourself
The biggest thing to remember for this holiday may be to focus on your needs and prioritize self-care. The things that may help you are anything that can lower your stress, such as exercising, spending time with family, getting lost in a book or exploring the great outdoors.
You don’t have to be alone through this divorce. You may need to seek legal help as you discuss your future entering the New Year.