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Mentally Preparing for the Holidays

Happy family mother and children son and daughter bake cookies for Christmas.

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. There are family gatherings, gifts, and everyone else’s expectations to keep in mind. However, if you are recently divorced, facing all of these holiday battles can feel more challenging, especially if you have children to worry about. While it may feel hopeless when facing this season alone, there are ways to improve your mental health during the holidays after a divorce.

Stick to the Plan

If you have children, you will inevitably create a parenting schedule. These schedules include who will have the kids and when during the holidays. Having this detailed schedule well in advance lets you know exactly what is happening around the holidays. Sticking to the schedule can assist in reducing stress, as you won’t have to think about what the kids are doing and plan something last minute. Make sure to always include the rest of your family so that they can be a part of your planning process as well.

Create New Traditions

The holiday season brings along family traditions and practices. After a divorce, it may feel as though you no longer have access to the same traditions. However, just because you went through a divorce does not mean you should lose your special connections to friends and family. Think about what is important to you, whether it be spending time with your kids or friends. Then you can ascertain what traditions or practices you would like to start with them. You can even ask the other people in your life what kinds of activities they would like to turn into regular traditions.

Spend Time With Family & Friends

While the freedom after divorce can be liberating, it can also be a bit isolating. It may feel even more difficult if you don’t have your kids with you during this holiday season. However, there are ways to manage feelings of loneliness during this time. Reach out to your other family members and let them know how you are feeling. If you don’t have extended family, you can also reach out to friends. These friends could also include you in plans, making you feel less lonely.

Folsom Divorce Attorney

If you need assistance with your divorce or custody order, contact us Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. today at (916) 794-4576. We know that the holiday season is stressful, but we are here to help.