5 Ways to Handle Your First Holiday Season Post-Divorce


For the newly divorced, the winter holiday season can seem unbearable. The constant barrage of family-centered holiday ads could hinder any positive progress a person has made toward building their new life.

If the above scenario sounds like you, there are ways you can create a joyful holiday experience for yourself. Starting with:

  1. Be Patient with Yourself

Divorce can have a significant emotional toll on all parties involved. It’s ok for you to feel more overwhelmed this season than you normally would. Tasks that may have seemed easy in the past could become daunting. Remember to not become frustrated with yourself and take all the time you need to complete responsibilities.

  1. Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Many people have trouble asking for support when they really need it. Unfortunately, your friends and family may not know if you need support unless you ask for it. Consider reaching out to close family members or trusted friends to help you through the holidays.

  1. Begin New Traditions

Is there a holiday-related activity you have always wanted to try, but never got around to? Now could be the perfect time to incorporate it into your holiday traditions. Perhaps you have been eyeing a dessert recipe that looks particularly delicious or would like to decorate your home a certain way—now’s the perfect time to try it!

  1. Be Proactive

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on you, especially when you are going through something significant. In order to avoid any accidental procrastination, plan your holiday schedule ahead of time. This could be by creating calendar reminders for or purchasing presents early so you don’t forget anyone. Take a proactive approach to the season to save yourself stress later.

  1. Practice Self Care

When people go through life-altering events, they often forget to take care of themselves. Make sure you are taking time out of your day to do something you like. Whether that is curling up on your couch with a good book or taking your dog for a walk around the neighborhood, don’t forget to revel in the little things.

A Compassionate Divorce Attorney

At Barnett Gill, our divorce attorney understands how emotionally draining ending a relationship can be. He is dedicated to sticking by your side through the entire divorce process and doing everything he can to ensure your needs are met.

Call our firm today at (813) 305-0353 or contact us online for a case evaluation.

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