There is rarely an ideal time to get a divorce. However, going through a divorce during the holidays can be particularly stressful. By remembering the following tips, you can survive the holidays while navigating your divorce.
Make a Change in Plans
Holidays look forward to spending time with family and observing time-honored traditions. However, if you are going through a divorce, many of these traditions can bring up painful emotions with the realization that your family is splitting up. One thing you can do is to remove yourself from the usual holiday surroundings and do something different. Visit a family member who lives out-of-state, enjoy an intimate holiday at home, or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
Establish New Traditions
This is particularly important if you have children. Make sure you involve your children in this process and create new traditions that help you focus on the positive aspects of your life rather than the negativity surrounding the divorce. For example, you could set aside an afternoon to bake cookies or make care packages and deliver them to neighbors.
Doing something nice for yourself can do wonders for your mental health. Book an appointment for a massage, plan to have dinner with a close friend, or plan a weekend getaway. If money is tight around the holidays, pamper yourself by taking a bubble bath. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make yourself a priority.
If you have children and they spend the holiday with your spouse, this can feel lonely. However, you can do a wide range of things to lift your spirits by helping others. Serve hot meals to homeless families at a soup kitchen, volunteer at an animal shelter, or visit a nursing home and spend time with residents whose families are out of state or do not get regular visitors.
Socialize With Friends and Family
As tempting as it may be to crawl into bed and never get out, it is important that you socialize and surround yourself with friends and family. Loved ones can take your mind off the divorce and help you focus on all the positive things.
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If you have decided to get a divorce, do not hesitate to contact our skilled Middlesex divorce lawyers at Wiley Lavender Maknoor, PC. We understand how complex and overwhelming the divorce process can be, particularly as we head into the hectic holiday season. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 732-494-6099 or contact us online. Located in Metuchen, New Jersey, we serve clients in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Union County, and Somerset County.