A woman staring down at her meal as she eats. She is clearly sad. A holiday tree is behind her.

Coping with the Holidays After a Difficult Divorce

Refusing to Let Humbug Take Over

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who have gone through a divorce. The emphasis on family gatherings can leave one wondering what went wrong with their own family or how they could have fixed a broken relationship. Rather than let yourself experience these feelings of sadness, however, consider taking steps to cope with your feelings and try to enjoy the holidays as best as possible.

Focus on Family and Friends

When you are struggling with feelings of sorrow or anger, it can be very easy to stay in your shell and focus entirely on what you are experiencing. However, the holiday season is about spending time with family and friends. Refocusing your efforts on these people and doing your best to put smiles on their faces can help you keep a positive mindset during difficult circumstances.

While cliche, the saying that “it’s better to give than to receive” is often true. The feelings you can experience when giving someone important a special present can be far greater than those the recipient may feel.

Try New Things

Perhaps there’s a recipe you’ve always wanted to try or a special holiday treat that’s only available during this time of year. Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and trying things you haven’t done before. Doing so may help your mindset.

Practice Self-Care

The hustle of the holiday season coupled with the emotions after a divorce can leave you feeling drained, and when you feel drained, you can forget to take proper care of yourself. Remember to eat healthy (while treating yourself once in a while), exercise, and get proper rest in order to take care of your physical health. When your physical self is in better shape, your mental self can see great improvements.

Working with an Attorney for Divorce Issues

If you are having issues with your ex-spouse after your divorce, perhaps with any visitation schedule or with a different issue, then it’s important to consult a family law attorney who can guide you on the next best step. At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we help clients prepare for their future; we can guide you throughout each step of the divorce process as you turn the page to the next chapter of your life.


To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call us at (512) 991-0576 or visit us online.

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