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Getting through the holidays when recently divorced

For many people in North Carolina, this upcoming Christmas will be the first one after divorced. It can be a difficult time emotionally, especially if the child custody schedule states the other parent gets the kids on Christmas day. 

The holidays should be a joyous time. No matter where your kids are or what transpired between you and your ex, there are plenty of tips for having a great holiday season. 

Create new traditions

One of the hardest parts of going through Christmas day divorced is the fact that you will not follow traditions you have likely had for years. One way to cheer yourself up is to establish a new tradition for yourself. You may not have the kids Christmas day, but perhaps you could do something fun with them when you do have them. This could become a new tradition you share with your kids. You have plenty of opportunities, and coming up with new plans is a great way to take your mind off the recent divorce. 

Remain proactive in your community

Instead of staying inside all season by yourself, you should get out into the community. There is a high need for volunteers in local churches and homeless shelters. Even if you cannot volunteer, you should reach out to friends or family members who may also be alone. Making a difference in your town can help boost your spirits. 

Maintain a good diet and exercise

Staying inside all day is not good for anyone. When you have a poor diet and fail to get out into the sun, it is easy to fall into a worse mood. This holiday season, you should make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and whole grains. It is okay to indulge in some treats every now and then, but when you take care of yourself physically, you are sure to notice a difference mentally.