The holidays can be a wonderful time for so many people, but at the same time it can be filled with painful memories and anxiety about how to deal with being a single woman again. The best way to get through the holiday season is to keep busy and find other people to share the time with. Get a calendar and map out activities for the holiday season so there is something to look forward to each week. Once a woman begins to set time aside for herself to do activities she enjoys she will find that time goes by much quicker.
A great place to meet new people is to join a Meetup group. If you have not experienced Meetup this is a short glance at what it is:
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
Once of the wonderful aspects about the concept of Meetup is that a person can feel comfortable going alone to most of the groups and meet other like minded individuals. Meetup offers such groups as women’s support groups, women’s divorced empowerment group, wine tasting activities, yoga, hiking, singles groups, groups for single parents, the ideas are endless…………..Each group has a theme and activities planned and most are free to join. Using Meetup is as easy as signing up and finding groups that look like fun and is FREE. Once getting started with the Meetups then making new friends is much easier than going out to a bar or spending time on dating sites. Meetup offers groups that are for both men and women together or separate, making it possible to meet an unexpected new love interest as well.
Other ideas to keep busy during the holiday season is to join a yoga studio, or exercise class, it is healthy for the body and keeps the mind at peace. Learning how to meditate or at least calm the body and focus on ones breath rather than one’s thoughts can be a welcome escape for many women.
Giving to others or volunteering time during the holiday season is another idea to keep busy. It can be a great way to occupy time and do good deeds for others in need. Go to a local Church, shelter or food bank to volunteer time, or ask where help may be needed, as there are many places that need help during the holiday season. Jewish Family Services, Create the Good, VolunteerMatch these are just a few of the places to checkout to volunteer time and help others.
Being single for the holidays does not have to be devastating. Learning to adjust to a single life after divorce can be difficult for many people, but also a time of renewed growth and new adventures. Getting through the holidays by meeting others, helping out or doing something good for the mind and body is a wonderful way to start a new beginning and a Happy New Year!