19 Nov 3 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays as a Divorcee
The holidays can be a difficult time for divorcees and singles, especially when the breakup is fresh or it’s the 1st few holidays after a significant breakup.
The changes can look different for everyone however the newness of it, the trying to find your place in it all, the feeling left out in some respect, and the feelings of wishing things were different floods each individual in some type of way at some time during these times.
Embrace this moment on your journey with 3 ways to thrive during the holidays.
- Plan Healthy Distractions
Anniversaries, holidays, moments in time when it’s the norm to be with significant others can bring about a sadness or intrusive thoughts of what you currently might not have. Take the time to plan ahead, plan activities that bring you joy with loved ones or for you to do solo. These activities will keep your mind and emotions preoccupied to help you get through difficult days.
- Reframe with Your Support System
Getting lost in what was, can lead you down a downward spiral. Spending time with your support system- going to restaurants, cooking and having meals together, doing whatever activities you use to do for the holidays- still doing it but instead do them with new people and create new memories- reframing.
- Create New Traditions
Who said the holidays must be the same they were last year or the year before that?! Be creative, Be different, Step Outside the Box and create a new normal! This can be from simple pleasures like baking or making different meals, enjoying friends and/or family, to something more extravagant like planning trips- short trips/long trips, solo trips, trips with your children, or trips with friends.
Start the process of thriving and not allow your past to limit you.
Be Intentionally Hopeful & Authentically You.
By: Chautè Thompson, LMHC, CDWF
I am Chautè Henry Thompson, licensed psychotherapist, Relationship and Restoration Expert. I help women who have experienced significant breakups to Rediscover and Redefine themselves, cultivating healthier relationships with self and others. If you are looking for support in healing after divorce or significant breakups you can join my newsletter list for free monthly resources and support.
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