Ah, the holidays. The time of year when we search high and low for the perfect gift for those important in our lives. Whether you or someone else you know is going through a divorce, you may be pausing on what you should get. And yes, you should treat yourself to a gift if you are going through a divorce this holiday season. While the feelings surrounding the split can differ significantly between individuals, a few things are timeless and would be appreciated by everyone.
When you have a friend going through a divorce, they may feel lonely or disconnected. There is nothing more heartbreaking than coming home to a quiet house after a divorce, especially when the other parent has time with the kids. If you know your friend will be alone, plan something fun to do. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Even just a fun night watching a movie, playing a board game, or going to a favorite restaurant can be the best gift you could give them.
Divorce can wear you down. This is especially true when your ex is constantly throwing negative words your way. A friend who can provide you with affirmations and positive support can be the best gift in the world. Write your friend a nice card or letter to remind them of how amazing they are. Buy them a book that reminds you of them. Send them an excellent text periodically to check in. This will mean everything to them.
Divorce can cause a ton of turbulence in someone’s life. One of the best gifts someone can receive is the gift of peace. That means something different for each person but whether you or someone else is in the midst of a split, think about what brings a sense of relief. Whether spending some time in nature, exercise, a massage, or yoga classes, gift that experience. It will improve the quality of your life and improve your mental health.
If you are thinking about divorce, one of the best decisions you can make is choosing divorce mediation. Contact West Coast Family Mediation Center for a free virtual consultation to learn more about how mediation can help build a strong foundation for your future self.