The first holiday season after a divorce can be difficult. You may be unable to engage in many prior traditions and no longer have many of the same people in your life to celebrate the occasion. While getting through this time may not be easy, there are ways you can make the process much less stressful.
The following are some quick tips for getting through the holidays after a divorce:
- It’s okay to reserve time for yourself: The holidays are certainly a time of togetherness, but even when you have a relatively stable life, all that time with family and friends can be stressful. If you have just gone through a divorce, set aside time for yourself when you feel like you need it. If the thought of going to a big Christmas party is overwhelming, your friends and family will understand if you have to duck out early or skip it entirely.
- Start new traditions: The traditions of the holiday season make it a truly special time of year. After a divorce, many of those traditions might be broken. Thus, take some time to start new traditions of your own. You can always create new, wonderful memories to look back on every holiday season.
- Take comfort in giving: Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially after a divorce when you might not have the same amount of free cash. But you might find comfort in giving to loved ones — or even to yourself. Spend what you can afford and find joy in the season of holiday giving.
If you need legal support before, during or after the divorce process, meet with a skilled Jacksonville family law attorney today.
Attorney Andrea Jevic contributed to this post.