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Coping During The Holidays After a Divorce

For many, the holiday season is a joyous time filled with festive excitement and memorable times with family and friends. This ideal, however, may seem distant and unattainable for those going through a divorce. 

Our team wants to remind those of you going through the divorce process around the holidays that you’re not alone. Though this time of year may feel different, and there’s a lot of change in your life, you can still get into the holiday spirit and celebrate!  

From the New Jersey divorce attorneys at Hofmann Law Firm, LLC, here are five tips to help those getting divorced find joy during the holidays:

1. Lean on Your Support System

Now is the time to lean on your close friends and family members. These are the people who will be there for you, no matter what. Let them know what you’re going through, and allow them to support you however they can. Whether it’s just lending an ear or helping with holiday preparations, their support will be invaluable during this changing time.

2. Don’t Put Pressure on Yourself 

The holiday season can be overwhelming, even under the best of circumstances. If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself. Do what you can to enjoy the holiday season, and don’t beat yourself up if things aren’t perfect or you need to spend some time on your own. Remember, this is just one season in your life, and the new year with new beginnings is just around the corner.

3. Avoid Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

It’s common to want to cope with pain by turning to unhealthy habits during tough times like this, such as intense alcohol consumption or the abuse of other substances. However, these coping mechanisms will only make things worse in the long run. If you find yourself struggling, reach out to loved ones, a therapist, or a counselor who can help you deal with your emotions more healthily.

4. Create New Traditions

Just because your family situation has changed doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. If you’re feeling lost without your traditional holiday activities, take this opportunity to create new traditions that work for your current situation. You might be surprised at how enjoyable these new celebrations can be.

5. Focus on and Celebrate The Positives

It’s easy to dwell on what you’ve lost during a divorce, but do your best to try and focus on all of the positive aspects of your life instead. This holiday season, take some time to reflect on everything that you’re grateful for— you may be surprised at how much there is in your life that is worth celebrating.

Contact our team today to set up a consultation with an expert divorce attorney!

If you’re looking for a divorce attorney in New Jersey, look no further than the Hofmann Law Firm. Keith Hofmann has the understanding and experience to help fight for you during your divorce and will be by your side through every part of the process. 

Give us a call at 609.375.2049 or visit our website or learn more about how we can help you.