Going through a divorce at any time of the year is challenging, but the holiday season can make the situation even more heartbreaking. The holidays are to be spent with family and friends, but now you’re entering an entirely new phase of your life. While it might be tempting to stay home and feel sorry for yourself, it’s far better to stay active and focus on all of the season’s positive offerings.
First, make an effort to do something social at least once a week. This can mean attending a karaoke night, joining a bowling team, or just meeting up with friends at your favorite restaurant. Many people feel isolated following a divorce, and regular interaction with others can prevent depression from setting in.
Next, take some time to truly pamper yourself. When you’re in a relationship, especially a marriage, there’s a lot of compromises and give and take. Now that you’re single again, you have the opportunity to participate in your favorite activities and spend your money on things that you truly enjoy. Invest in a massage, take a day-trip to a local sauna or enroll in a course regarding a topic that you’re interested in.
Lastly, remember that time truly does heal all wounds. Yes, it’s a cliche, but the truth is, each day is one day further separated from the emotional turmoil and devastation associated with the end of your marriage. Be kind to yourself, think positive thoughts and keep on putting one foot after the other. It might seem difficult now, but you can have a happy, healthy and enjoyable holiday season.