Dealing With a Divorce During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and good cheer. Or at least, that’s what we’re told. The reality is often quite different for those of us who are going through a divorce. It can be a challenging time for mental health, especially if you are co-parenting. I’ve  learned it’s important to remember to take care of yourself during this time and maintain your emotional balance. Here are some suggestions [reminders] on how to do just that! 

Make time for yourself: It’s important to take some time out for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Whether you use that time to read, take a walk, or just relax, make sure you carve out some time for yourself. This will help you to stay calm and centered during this hectic time. 

Stay connected to your support system: Whether it’s friends, family, or a therapist, make sure you have people you can rely on for support. These people can provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on when needed. 

Be mindful of your mental health: Pay attention to how you’re feeling and take steps to care for your mental health. This may include exercise, journaling, or speaking to a therapist. 

Don’t forget to take care of your physical health: It’s easy to let our physical health slide when we’re feeling stressed. However, it’s important to remember that our physical health impacts our mental health. Make sure to eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. 

Seek professional help if needed: If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A mental health professional can provide support and guidance during this challenging time. 

If you’re looking for ways to improve your emotional balance, there are plenty of free resources available online. Here are a few of our favorites: 

1. MPB Health offers mental health services that can help you cope when going through challenging times including but not limited to marital and family-related issues, children and adolescence, time management, anger, stress, grief, loss, etc. You can also get access to additional resources such as legal, financial, support groups, housing, and more. Services are accessible 24/7/365. 

2. The Mental Health Foundation has a range of free resources on their website, including information on diverse types of mental health problems, how to get help, and how to support someone else who is struggling. 

 3. Headspace is a popular meditation app that offers a free 10-day trial. Once you sign up, you’ll gain access to guided meditations and other tools that can help you learn how to manage stress and anxiety. 

 4. The National Institute of Mental Health also has a variety of free resources available on their website, including educational materials, self-help guides, and information on diverse types of mental health disorders.