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If you are in the middle of divorce proceedings right in the middle of the holiday season, it can be incredibly stressful.

If you are dealing with divorce proceedings, the first thing to do is to take it easy over the holidays. You may be tired from the negotiations, and probably even more so if you are in the middle of an acrimonious divorce battle. Take some time off, and keep up your physical strength. The holidays can be extremely tiring, so avoid competing with others in cooking up a storm, or throwing extravagant parties. You will find yourself exhausted when the season ends, and back in court.

Try not to get caught up in the expectations of the holiday season. You are in the middle of a divorce, and this is a uniquely challenging time for you. Ask someone to help with the baking and decorating. Don’t be ashamed to admit that this is a difficult time for you, and that you may not want to celebrate the way you did before.

Keep celebrations low key. Keep gifts simple, but thoughtful, and make sure that you lavish as much time and attention on the children as you can.

Volunteering over the holidays can help heal the soul. When you’re going through a divorce, it can seem like you are the unhappiest person on the planet, especially since everyone else seems to be full of festive cheer. However, when you volunteer, for example at a domestic violence shelter, you will realize there are many others that need healing and help.

Look forward to the future. At this time next year, your life will be much better, you’ll be settled in, and life will be full of possibilities!

For legal guidance on child custody, alimony and child support related matters and any other matters related to a divorce, speak to a Colorado family lawyer.