Surviving Valentine’s Day
IN THE MIDDLE OF DIVORCE
GIVE LOVE TO YOUR COMMUNITY. As down in the dumps as you may be, it’s important to remember how much you truly have to offer others. This Valentine’s, consider getting out of the house and volunteering where help is needed. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter, or visit CreateTheGood.org to locate other reputable organizations in your area. Numerous studies have shown the positive mental health benefits of giving to others, which provides lasting effects even in the darkest of times. GIVE LOVE TO YOUR FRIENDS. Of course, you may be looking to cut loose and forget about your troubles for the night. But don’t do
February is here, and for our clients going through or recovering from a messy divorce, there’s an emotional gauntlet right on the horizon: Valentine’s Day. But in the midst of constant Hallmark reminders of lost love, bad chocolate, and worse weather, it’s possible to carve out a space for yourself during the most romantic holiday. It’s vital to realize that, despite the difficulty you’re going through, you’re almost certainly better off than you were before. Instead of being trapped in a strained relationship, putting your needs on hold for your partner, now you’re in control of your V-Day. Skip the dating apps this 14th and try one of these alternatives.
it alone! Instead, organize an activity with your closest friends and make it a special occasion. A trip to your local bar might be the obvious answer, but you can also organize a dinner party, go to the fanciest restaurant in town, or even spend the evening reconnecting with old college buddies. GIVE LOVE TO YOURSELF. Studies show that resilience following a big loss is linked to a sense of agency. Make Valentine’s Day about you and your mental health. However you want to do it, make sure it’s intentional.
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs Sure, your showoff pal can wrap a tater tot with a piece of bacon and call it “The Daniel,” but you can take it a step further. Prepare a couple batches of these savory snacks for your Super Bowl party or the next family get-together. Snag a few for yourself before they disappear!
• 4 slices bacon, quartered • ¼ cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
• 2 cups frozen tater tots, defrosted • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into ¼-inch squares
1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Press a cheese square into each tot,
3. Place tots seam side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, using metal tongs to turn halfway through. 4. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.
then wrap with a piece of bacon. Dredge each tot in brown sugar.
Recipe inspired by ThisGrandmaIsFun.com.
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