How to cope with a breakup during the most wonderful time of the year
Let’s face it: Breakups can be the worst. Losing a significant other can feel like losing a best friend, making the situation even more difficult to cope with. Throw the holiday season into the mix and it’s extra tricky.
Sure, you might look around at all of those cheery couples during festive gatherings and get nostalgic about your ex—and that’s OK. Mourning a breakup is natural, but letting it ruin your holiday cheer is something you might regret later on. In fact, taking advantage of the season can really help with the healing process. Here are some easy tricks to deal with a dreadful breakup during the happiest time of year.
Reconnect with your friends
It’s a must after any breakup, and it’s especially easy during the holiday season because there are lots of local activities you can take advantage of. No matter how much you want to just hang on the couch and eat loads Christmas cookies (don’t worry, we’re not judging), call up your girls and suggest going to the nearest outdoor ice skating rink. This activity is affordable, fun, and it will certainly take your mind off the BF blues for a while.
Do something nice for yourself
Get your nails done, stop into Starbucks for a gingerbread latte, or learn how to make a new holiday dish for this year’s Christmas dinner. Taking the time to do things for you is essential while coping with a breakup because it reminds yourself how fabulous you are (with or without a guy). If money’s tight, look around for local places (like salons or shops) that are offering holiday specials. Finding a bargain will make ya feel extra golden.
Nothing will make you feel better than giving back to those who are less fortunate. Donate to your local homeless shelter, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or read to the elderly at a nearby nursing home. This may sound cliché, but being selfless during this time of year really cleanses your soul. Making a difference in your community will definitely remind you of what’s important in life.
Bond with your family
Although your mom might be driving you crazy with questions about the breakup, she just wants to help. Your fam knows you better than anyone, and sometimes they can be the best people to talk to during blah times. Set up a family movie night, bake cookies with your little sister, or volunteer to put up Christmas lights with your dad. Indulging in festive activities is distracting enough, but spending some extra time with those who heart you most will make you feel really loved.
Have you dealt with a breakup recently? What helped you get over it? Share in the comments below.