Facing the New Year on Your Own: Redefining Resolutions Post Divorce
Voluntarily executing a celebratory resolution dates back more than 4,000 years. Beginning with ancient Babylonian society and expanding throughout the Roman empire, these affirmations were tied directly to harvest celebrations or political affiliations. It was not until 1740 that the practice of making a New Year’s resolution became ingrained into western civilization.
The father of the modern-day resolution, John Wesley, initiated the Methodist Covenant Renewal Service during the holiday season as an alternative to holiday festivities and to personally renew one’s religious covenant. As these resolutions evolved into a secular tradition, most Americans now equate New Year resolutions with voluntary personal improvement pledges. The U.S. Government even pays homage to the most popular of resolutions such as losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier, or better managing debt or stress. But what if the New Year brings forth non-voluntary changes such as divorce?
Nancy Kay, a Strategic Guidance and Support professional, knows first hand of the challenges of new beginnings and offers the following three suggestions for crafting a personalized resolution advantageous to meeting the challenges of beginning a New Year on your own.
Refrain from placing unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children. View this as a year of change and transition to keep frustration and stress levels low.
During this transition, seek out all available options and resources to support the change both emotionally and financially, if applicable.
Focus on your life as a whole by pulling all the integral pieces together. Revisit your children, family and friends, and spend less time focusing on your marital status.
The Huffington Post also offers a few general resolutions that will compliment Kay’s advice for making and keeping effective New Years resolutions during a difficult time:
- Schedule adequate sleep;
- Eat healthier;
- Make time for exercise;
- Limit television time;
- Stop stressing over the children;
- Steer clear of rude or intrusive family members; and
- Focus on the present and avoid dwelling on the past.
Perhaps by adopting a few of these suggested resolutions, you can face the coming New Year as a newly single parent with minimal frustration and with even more confidence.
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