People who are in the process of separation or divorce often experience grief-like symptoms during the holidays. They can be grieving the loss of the relationship. This can include the loss of companionship and/or the traditions of the holidays as well as relationships with the partner’s extended family. It is also a very hard time for those who are isolated because of a move to a different community or limited time with their children. There are also many people who struggle emotionally even though they are with others who are not healthy or supportive. These feelings can be compounded by the cold weather, snow and ice and gray skies in Minnesota.
It’s important to remember methods to reduce the inherent stress of the holidays. These include: talking about your feelings, getting fresh air and exercise, eating well and taking time to breathe.
Climb out of the abyss of loneliness at this time of year by allowing yourself to feel gratitude for what you have and hope for the coming year.