Recovering from a difficult situation can be hard at any time of year, but it may be especially challenging to overcome during the holidays. While there is no guarantee the holidays will be easy, there are a few things you can do to try to have a brighter winter season.
- Have Patience
When celebrating the holidays as a newly single person, everything can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you and your former partner equally planned out your holiday schedule or your former partner took the lion’s share of the responsibility.
It’s important to have patience with yourself as you work out your new process. If it becomes too much, consider reaching out to a close friend or family member to help you navigate the new normal.
- Focus on Self-Care
When people go through a difficult time, they often forget to take care of themselves. You should take special care of yourself during the holiday season. It could be something as simple as taking your dog for a walk through the park or reading a book in the bath. Make time to appreciate the little things and do something that brings you joy.
- Create New Traditions
Now is the perfect time to begin a holiday tradition you have always thought about doing but never made time for in the past. For example, there could be a holiday food recipe you have been thinking of incorporating into your meal plan. Or maybe there is a place you have always wanted to visit during the holiday season. Now is the perfect time to explore your options.
- Create a Plan
If you are having a particularly difficult time, it may be a good idea to plan your holiday schedule a few weeks or a month ahead of time. Doing so will lessen the chance of stress and enable you to have the most joyful holiday possible.
- Connect with Family & Friends
If you feel comfortable enough with your family, consider spending as much time with them as you can. Support from either family or friends can be extremely beneficial through difficult times. Let your support system in and try to accept what they have to offer.
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