Divorced? Overcome the Labor Day Blues

Labor Day is quickly approaching as summer is coming to an end. If this is your first Labor Day as a single woman, you might be feeling a little lonely and sad.  You may not feel like going to friends barbeques, as you would feel like a third wheel. You might also have been hiding out in your home because you fear being ridiculed or questioned about all of the little nasty details of your divorce.  On the other hand, you might be a struggling newly single mom and think that you do not have the funds to celebrate Labor Day with your children.

There is NO reason, for you to lay around the house and mope during the long three day week-end. Get out and enjoy yourself! Step out of your comfort zone. Accept offers from your friends to go to their barbeques. You may even be fortunate enough to be invited to a few different events. It’s a great way for you to mingle and meet new people. It’s a way for you to enjoy your life. While you are at these events, soak up the love, the fun and the sun.

If you don’t know of any parties or backyard barbeques to go to, throw one of your own. No excuses that your house is too small because you can always have your Labor Day shindig at the park. To save on money, make it a potluck and invite everyone that you know. Be prepared with some games that both adults and children can play, such as softball, Frisbee, volley ball or even a water balloon fight.

If your kids are grown or away that week, why not take a little mini vacation. If you live near a seaport, you might even consider a cruise to nowhere. It’s a time to pamper yourself, let loose and meet a variety of different people. You might also consider checking into a swank hotel or bed and breakfast in an interesting area. During the day go out and sight-see and gain a new admiration for the world that you live in.

If you have kids, why not join up with a few other single moms and go on a short week-end cruise with them? Cruise ships have an abundance of activities for the little ones and will allow for some down time for the moms to pamper and have fun alone.

Go camping. You can do this with or without kids. Camping is a great way to experience the great outdoors. During the day, go hiking, swimming or horseback riding. In the evening, roast marshmallows by the campfire, tell stories.

Experience your city over Labor Day. Visit your local theme parks, zoos and museums. This would probably keep you busy for a few weekends.  If your budget is tight, check with your local chamber of commerce and find out what free attractions are close by. You could find yourself at a wonderful concert in the park under the stars.

It’s your choice to sit at home and languish about the past or what you do not have.  Be grateful for what you do have. Why not choose to have fun and LIVE life? It’s a little scary at first, but it really beats the alternative. The past is gone. This is your new reality. Embrace it and see just how much fun and happiness you can bring into your life.

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  1. These are good long weekend ideas for anyone. Great post!

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