If you’re getting over or heading into a divorce, you may find yourself dreading Valentine’s Day. This holiday, which may have brought much joy while you were in a relationship, can be incredibly painful when you’re single or newly divorced.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of focusing on how they’re alone on Valentine’s Day, women have started reclaiming the day with a holiday all of their own: Galentine’s Day.
This special holiday, which focuses on your relationships with your best girlfriends, is all about being positive, having fun, and focusing on the future. If you’re tired of the traditional Valentine’s Day, try swapping it out with Galentine’s Day this year, instead.
How to Use Galentine’s Day to Move On
To understand how Galentine’s Day can best help you, you need to take a look at the origins of the holiday. The holiday originated on the show, Parks and Recreation. Character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, celebrated Galentine’s Day on February 13th every year. She and her girlfriends celebrated the holiday without their boyfriends or husbands, focusing on their friendship during the special day.
Galentine’s Day is all about looking to the future and celebrating the great relationships that you have with your girlfriends. It can make an ideal way to survive the first and following Valentine’s Days after your divorce, since it will shift the focus off of the romantic holiday and onto a celebration with you and your friends.
If you’re going through a divorce and are waiting until after the holidays are over, Galentine’s Day can give you a way to start moving on from your divorce. If the divorce is ongoing, make sure that you navigate the divorce well so that you get the money and property that you deserve. And, if the divorce is already completed, the distraction and supportive environment of Galentine’s Day can help you to start moving on.
Make a Shopping Date
Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for a shopping date. Investing in a new wardrobe can help you start the new year off on the right foot and can leave you feeling refreshed and empowered, and even a little bit like a new person.
As part of your celebration, schedule a shopping date with your friends. Look for clothes that are fashion-forward but also sustainably made. For instance, seek out items that won’t only keep up with rapidly changing fashion, but that will also be timeless additions to your wardrobe that you can wear again and again. With your best friends by your side, you can confidently experiment with new styles that define a new look. Invest in clothes that look good and that will last, and you’re sure to get plenty of use out of them.
Redecorate Your Home
You can also invite your friends over to your home for the day to help you redecorate. Order pizzas and bake cookies, then work on reclaiming your home after your divorce.
There are many ways that you can easily transform your home’s space. Painting a single wall or an entire room will quickly change up the look and feel of the space, and if the existing paint is in good shape, you can usually paint over existing paint to save time. Have a bunch of rollers and brushes ready and get your friends to pitch in — with multiple people, you can finish an entire room quickly.
You can also easily change your home’s decor. Head to a thrift store or home goods store with your friends and have them help you find items that represent your individual style. If you’re handy with refinishing furniture, check out some yard sales or Craigslist to see if you can find some pieces that you can revitalize with a new coat of paint, some stain, or even new upholstery. These pieces can add character to your home and give you a chance to put your own stamp on the decor and style.
Just Have Fun
The best Galentine’s Day celebration is one without any pressure. Take the whole day off and focus on just enjoying some quality time with your friends. Connect ahead of time and brainstorm some ideas. Maybe you want to go on a day trip that you’ve been putting off for years, or maybe there’s a great movie in theaters that you want to go see as a group. However, you decide to celebrate Galentine’s Day, focus on creating a fun, relaxing day that you and your friends will all enjoy.
With a fun day full of activities with your girlfriends, Galentine’s Day can help you to survive Valentine’s Day after your divorce. It’s an ideal way to focus on your future and the year to come, rather than reflecting on an ended relationship. So hurry, call your best girlfriends and tell them to set February 13th aside, since you’ll all be celebrating this empowering holiday together.