Divorce and Valentine’s Day: Avoiding the Commercial Hype
Like many other holidays, Valentine’s Day is a commercialized holiday that, to some, symbolizes everything about love and partnership. However, for those who are divorced or are currently planning a divorce, dealing with the commercial hype can be both overwhelming and annoying.
But there are ways to not let the promotion of love and togetherness get you down and out about your situation – no matter if you’re a woman or a man.
Tips for Getting Through Valentine’s Day as a Divorcee
Here are a few tips for getting through Valentine’s Day – and enjoying your day, most importantly – despite your current status.
Ignore the Stigma
First thing first, you’ll need to remember that every holiday isn’t meant for everybody. Though you may want to partake in the festivities and activities of every holiday, if the occasion doesn’t fit your situation, it’s important you know that ahead of time so as to avoid feeling down about the fact that you are not involved at the level others may be involved.
That said, avoid buying into the stigma that anyone without a valentine on Valentine’s Day is likely depressed or unhappy.
Be Honest with Yourself and Others
It’s completely normal for friends and family to inquire about your plans for an upcoming holiday – especially if they don’t know all of the details about your situation.
If this is the case, you should be prepared to offer an honest answer. This does not necessarily mean that you have to divulge a ton of information, it just means that you know what your plans are (or are not) considering your status and you are ready to be asked those types of questions.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Another
There’s no rule stating that you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a significant other. If you have children or a loved one, make plans for the holiday with them.
Doing this will be just as enjoyable as if you were spending time with a significant other. The holiday is essentially based on showing your love and affection for someone – regardless of who that someone is.
Not surprisingly, there is an upward trend in the amount of people spending Valentine’s Day alone and treating themselves to all of the treats that come with the occasion. This is a great idea for a person who has recently been divorced or are in the process of a divorce.
This way, you are using the holiday as a way to appreciate yourself instead of a day to wallow in sorrow or disappointment. Regardless of who you are or what you are going through, the Valentine’s Day holiday is designed to be enjoyed. If spending that time alone is not good enough for you, try rounding up a few friends who wouldn’t mind spending that time together. Either way, you are making the most of your situation and overcoming whatever plight is commonly associated with going through a divorce.
How Renkin Law Divorce Attorneys Can Help
Statistics show that divorce filings rise nearly 40% around Valentine’s Day – so, you’re not alone. If you and your spouse are considering divorce and are ready to move forward with the process, our competent attorneys here at Renkin Law are available to offer you the legal assistance you need. Please contact our family law office with any questions about how to handle the process.