The Thanksgiving Survival Guide for the Recently Divorced

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Each November, countless families across the country come together to celebratetheir blessings and eat a hearty Thanksgiving feast. But, like most holidays,Thanksgiving can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience forthe recently divorced. For the first time in a long time, you may be aloneon 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 divorceattorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have completed this Thanksgivingsurvival guide.

Take Action & Avoid Depression

It’s hard to feel excited about a home cooked meal when your ex-spouseand children won’t be at the table. For people readjusting to singlelife, it can be difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let aloneenjoy a family-based holiday. Even so, you can still embrace the spiritof 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 mayneed to get creative. Fortunately, there is no law that says you can’tcelebrate Thanksgiving any day of the year. If your children are withyour ex on Thanksgiving Day, maybe you can have your own family dinnerthe 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 Thanksgivingplans, maybe you can host a party that allows everyone to partake in holidaymerriment. Or, if you want to host a party so your kids can come, youmay be able to reconnect with people you wouldn’t have been ableto 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 importantthey are to you.

Relax & Stay Off Social Media

The best way to send your mood plummeting straight down the well on Thanksgivingis to check your social media. Stay away! Seeking your children or friendshaving fun with their family members is just going to send you spiralinginto depression. Instead, relax and treat yourself. You can read a bookor binge-watch a tv series that brings you comfort. Maybe you want togo traveling or camping on Thanksgiving and get away from your normallyhectic 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 youhave any questions or concerns regarding your divorce settlement, contact theIllinois divorce lawyers at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. If necessary, we can help you pursuemodifications that benefit your changing lifestyle.

Call Wakenight & Associates, schedule a free consultation. We have offices located in Joliet, OakPark, Elmhurst, and Mokena.

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