The holiday season is upon us, and for most people this can be a great time of year to visit with friends and family. However, it can also be a time of stress as well. This is particularly true for those New Jersey residents who are going through a divorce or for those who are going through their first holiday season post-divorce. So, how can you deal with the emotions of a divorce during the holiday season?
Well, for starters, those who have children may be better off if they just accept the parenting schedule as it is during this time of year. This may be the first time in your child's life that you will not see them on the exact day of the winter holidays. Such separation can be emotional and hard to deal with. But, parents should remember that there will be other times during holiday seasons in the coming years when they will be with their children, and they will be able to start new traditions.
It is also a good idea to embrace the advantages of spending the holidays on your own. Most likely, this will result in less stress from other members of your family, as you may be relieved of the pressure of hosting a big family gathering, for example. If you are dealing with strong emotions associated with a pending or recently finalized divorce, it may be a good idea to spend your time during the holidays doing the activities that you love best.
Finally, anyone who is going through a divorce or who is experiencing the raw emotions of a recent divorce should look at the bigger picture. In the end, the worst of the experience will eventually be behind you, and you will be able to move forward with a new stage of life.