Each November, countless families across the country come together to celebrate
their blessings and eat a hearty Thanksgiving feast. But, like most holidays,
Thanksgiving can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience for
the recently divorced. For the first time in a long time, you may be alone
on a day that glorifies the ideals of “family” and “togetherness.”
It’s completely natural to feel a little glum.
To help you find a little comfort this holiday season, the Illinois divorce
attorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have completed this Thanksgiving
Take Action & Avoid Depression
It’s hard to feel excited about a home cooked meal when your ex-spouse
and children won’t be at the table. For people readjusting to single
life, it can be difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone
enjoy a family-based holiday. Even so, you can still embrace the spirit
of the day and summon the energy to create new Thanksgiving traditions.
Designing Your Own Thanksgiving
When your parenting plan doesn’t line up with the holidays, you may
need to get creative. Fortunately, there is no law that says you can’t
celebrate Thanksgiving any day of the year. If your children are with
your ex on Thanksgiving Day, maybe you can have your own family dinner
the weekend before or after.
It’s also important to remember that everyone enjoys a good feast.
If you have friends or family members who don’t have Thanksgiving
plans, maybe you can host a party that allows everyone to partake in holiday
merriment. Or, if you want to host a party so your kids can come, you
may be able to reconnect with people you wouldn’t have been able
to see otherwise. After all, this holiday is also about giving thanks.
This can be an opportunity for you to show your loved ones just how important
they are to you.
Relax & Stay Off Social Media
The best way to send your mood plummeting straight down the well on Thanksgiving
is to check your social media. Stay away! Seeking your children or friends
having fun with their family members is just going to send you spiraling
into depression. Instead, relax and treat yourself. You can read a book
or binge-watch a tv series that brings you comfort. Maybe you want to
go traveling or camping on Thanksgiving and get away from your normally
hectic schedule. Indulge in some self-care and do whatever makes you feel special.
Need Guidance? Call Wakenight & Associates, P.C.
It’s normal for a family’s needs to change over time. If you
have any questions or concerns regarding your divorce settlement, contact the
Illinois divorce lawyers at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. If necessary, we can help you pursue
modifications that benefit your changing lifestyle.
Call Wakenight & Associates, P.C.
to schedule a free consultation. We have offices located in Joliet, Oak
Park, Elmhurst, and Mokena.