Divorce is not an easy process, as we outline on our divorce page. It can get especially depressing during the Christmas holidays – a time for family, spending time with loved ones, and giving. With all of the warm holiday spirit around us with happy people around us, it can be very easy to be down in the dumps if going through a divorce during the holidays.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and if you have a friend or family member going through a divorce, it’s important to be there for that person. Heather Quick of Historic City News gives five great ways to show support to your friend or family member going through a divorce:
Laughter. A saying we all know is “laughter is the best medicine”. Laughter has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, anger, and sadness. These are all things caused by divorce, so you might say laughter is an antidote. Even if you don’t think you’re funny, you could always send some funny message (email, text, or even sharing something to that person’s Facebook page). A simple joke can go a long way, and can really brighten someone’s day.
Social Life. While divorce can be lonely, that doesn’t mean your friend or family member has to be all my him or herself. Something as simple as inviting that person for a night out or for dinner some place can go a long way.
Exercise. When people are under stress or are going through some difficult time, exercise is often put on the back burner. The irony in that is that exercise releases endorphins, which is the very thing that brings about a positive feeling in the human body and reduces the stress factor. Inviting your friend or family member to the gym, or even for an evening of dancing, can help greatly.
Listening. The previous three ways are important for helping out that friend or family member, but listening also goes a long way. Maybe this individual is more outspoken about his or her feelings, or is a little more bottled up. Regardless of the type of person, it’s important to show support by lending an ear to him or her. By lending an ear, you show that you care about this person. By talking about ongoing problems, you can actually help this person find a solution or come to an epiphany as how to handle the situation from that point on.
Positivity. The last suggestion is to show positivity, but to be entirely natural with your personality when interacting with this person. What’s most important is to show your positive energy, and give a positive outlook of hope. Just like the other suggestions, showing positivity has a lasting impact and can help him or her see the good through the bad.
Maybe your friend or family member needs some help tracking down a divorce lawyer to help him or her through this difficult time. It’s important to remember that while divorce is neither easy nor painless, with solid legal guidance, it’s not the end of the world. Taylor Fontenot of Southern Oaks Law Firm is a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable attorney that can guide you along the way. Give us a call today and relax knowing we’re here to help.