Not everyone is merry during the holidays; in fact December is the most popular month for breaking up. Christmas presents, family get-togethers and holiday parties make tensions mount, and many people prefer to cut ties before the New Year begins.
Whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee, holiday breakups are particularly brutal. Surrounded by images of happy families and pink-cheeked children, this festive season is a hard time to be solo. But take heart! You can survive the holidays after a breakup. Here’s how:
1. Volunteer. After an afternoon dishing out soup to the homeless, singing carols at the nursing home or gathering presents for children who have none, it’s a lot harder to feel sorry for yourself. Distract yourself from your pain and stay busy at the same time.
2. Family. Your parents will be thrilled that your schedule has suddenly opened up, and you now have time to hang with the fam. Spend some QT with your relatives to remember that love comes in many forms.
3. Funny Movies. Watching silly holiday movies (especially those you loved as a child) is a surefire method for bringing back the giggles. Skip the rom-coms and choose family-friendly favorites like Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Home Alone.
4. Downtime. The end of the year is a fantastic time for laying low and enjoying a more relaxed pace of life. Schedule some premium me-time and pamper yourself with a new holiday hairstyle, massage or sparkly mani-pedi at the spa.
5. Party. Buy a stylish new outfit that makes you feel fantastically sexy and hit the holiday parties with an open mind. Avoid any party where your ex might appear, and instead go to big events with a group of your best friends.