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How can I deal with the holidays as a single father?

The holidays can be tough for single fathers in Houston. While it’s supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, you may find yourself feeling lonely and out of sorts. These feelings are perfectly valid, and many single fathers experience them this time of year. Live About offers the following tips in this case, which can help you cope with some of the negative aspects of the holiday season.

Practice self-care

Self-care is crucial all year long but is especially important during the holidays. You may spread yourself thin trying to meet work deadlines and social obligations, which can impact physical and mental health. Take some time to think about what you need to be happy, whether that’s a quiet night at home or spending time with your friends. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be a better father and person overall.

Be realistic about your feelings

You may not feel like partaking in holiday celebrations at all. Recognize that these feelings are OK, especially if you’re recently divorced. You can also strive to make new celebrations and traditions, which can give you hope for the future. Let your friends and family know that you’re having a hard time getting in the spirit of the season, so they can offer support during your time of need.

Help out the less fortunate

When feeling bad about your lot in life consider those people who are less fortunate than you. Helping others is a great holiday tradition, whether you volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or buy presents for a family in need. Not only will this give you perspective on your life, it will also help you find the true meaning of the holidays. 

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