- Pledge to be financially responsible. After a divorce, you are likely going through a major change in your family finances, so grab that bull by the horns and commit now to good money management. Start a 2017 budget and stick to it.
- Hit the gym more often. Divorce can lead to grief and depression, and while it might be hard to motivate yourself to exercise, the endorphins released by physical activity are proven to help your emotional state. It doesn’t just have to be the gym, though. You can work exercise into a lot of your daily routines. Bike to work, take the dog for a jog instead of a walk, join a dance class or go hiking with your children or friends.
- Start a new hobby. Maybe you were so busy coordinating your life with your ex that you never had time to sit down and pen that fantasy novel that’s been floating around in your head for years. Or maybe there’s a great little art studio around the corner from your new home that offers painting classes on the cheap. Not only do these hobbies keep your brain occupied, but they can teach you new skills that you might find useful in the future, and participating in them can help expand your social circle.
- Spend more time with the kids. Divorce is often particularly hard for children ”“ remedy this by showing them how much you love them. Create new traditions like weekly bike rides or monthly movie nights to engage the children and keep an active role in their lives.
- If you get off track, don’t give up. All too often, New Year’s resolutions are abandoned once they’ve been broken once. But people forget ”“ two steps forward and one step back is still forward progress. Keep going ”“ you’ll be surprised how you feel at the end of the year.
Our Denver family law firm wishes you the best for your holiday season and the new year to come!