Dealing with the holidays after a divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2016 | Divorce

The holiday season can be a stressful and hectic time for many people in Mount Holly. But for those who have recently gone through a divorce, the holidays can be particularly hard to deal with. So much of the celebration is tied into family and when a person’s family situation has changed, anxiety and depression can rear their ugly heads. However, there are some ideas and techniques that may help alleviate some of that emotional stress.

Tradition is important to many people when it comes to celebrating the holidays. However, after a divorce, partaking in the same rituals may be difficult and unfulfilling. Divorce Magazine recommends keeping the things that still feel appropriate while at the same time, developing new traditions that can be followed going forward.

It is also important to not let feelings of stress and anxiety get in the way of taking care of one’s health. Maintaining a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep can contribute positively to staying emotionally healthy.

Perhaps most importantly, holiday plans should be made as far in advance as possible. If there are children involved, each parent should know ahead of time what the schedule for the holidays will be. The Huffington Post suggest incorporating the holidays into a parenting plan. It will be helpful to know which parent has the children on which days and this will also ensure that the time gets divided up in a way that is fair. Keeping the focus on the children and their well-being can also be beneficial for everyone involved.