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The Surprising Seasonal Trend of Festive Breakups!


Some studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that breakups may be more common after major holidays, such as the Christmas holiday season or Valentine's Day (that's right!). These times can be stressful for various reasons, including heightened expectations, societal norms, and financial stress associated with gift-giving. Additionally, the start of the new year may prompt individuals to reevaluate their lives and relationships, leading to an increase in breakups. Here is our guide on how to take care of yourself if it happens to you.



 

  1. Allow Yourself to Grieve:

It's okay to feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, and confusion. Give yourself the time and space to grieve the end of the relationship. Acknowledge your feelings without judgment and understand that healing is a process.

 

  1. Set Boundaries:

During the holiday season, social gatherings and family events may be unavoidable. If you're not ready to discuss the breakup, it's perfectly okay to set boundaries with friends and family. Politely let them know that you'd prefer not to discuss the details and ask for their support in respecting your space.

 

  1. Surround Yourself with Supportive Family Members and Friends:

Surround yourself with supportive friends or family who understand the situation and are willing to embrace change. Engaging in activities you enjoy can help distract you from the pain and create positive memories.



 

  1. Practise Self-Care:

Take extra care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Make time for activities that bring you joy, whether it's reading a book, going for a walk, or taking hot/cold showers. Ensure you get enough rest and nourishment to support your overall well-being.

 

  1. Seek Support:

Don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist for support. A trained professional can help you navigate the challenges of a loss and grieving in a supportive environment. You don't have to navigate this challenging time alone.

 

  1. Reflect and Set Intentions:

Use this period of change as an opportunity for self-reflection. Consider the lessons learned from the relationship and set intentions for personal growth in the coming year.

 



  1. Embrace a Digital Detox:

Constant reminders of the past relationship on social media can be detrimental to your healing process. Consider taking a temporary break from social media.

 

While a breakup during the holiday season can be emotionally challenging, prioritising self-care can help you navigate this difficult time. Remember that healing is a gradual process, and with time, support, and self-compassion, you can emerge stronger and more resilient. As you embark on a new year, focus on your well-being and the possibilities for positive growth and transformation.

 

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