How to juggle it all as a single mom

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By Jennifer Allen

Single moms have to do it all. They’re doing the work of two parents, often while also balancing a job. Feeling tired and overwhelmed? Here’s how to Juggle it All as a Single Mom.

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Laundry. Finances. Cooking. Cleaning. Taxiing kids around. Shopping. The list of chores seems endless for single moms, and it’s easy to understand why they often get overwhelmed and tired. Doing the job of two parents is exhausting, and add to that the responsibility of holding down a job, and it’s no wonder why moms burn out.

If you’re a single parent, never fear — you’re not alone. Many women have been in your shoes and have found ways to make it work. A positive attitude, practical strategies, and not being afraid to ask for help can go a long way to relieving your burden. And you must find a way to juggle it all, not just for your well-being but for your kids.

Why Balance and Stress Management Is Important

Being a solo parent might be your superpower but managing stress and balance is important. Here’s why.

  • Improved Physical and Emotional Health: Feeling overwhelmed and stressed can take a toll on your physical and emotional health. Taking steps to manage stress and find balance can improve your overall well-being and reduce the risk of burnout.
  • Stronger Relationships with Children: As a single mother, your children are the center of your world. By finding balance and managing stress, you’ll be better equipped to enjoy quality time with your kids and build stronger, more meaningful relationships with them.
  • Increased Productivity: It can be difficult to focus and be productive when you’re out of balance. If you take care of yourself and find a healthy work-life balance, you’ll be more effective in all areas of your life, including work and home.
  • Better Model for Children: Set a positive example for your children, and you’ll show them the importance of self-care, stress management, and finding balance in life.
  • Improved Mental Health: Chronic stress can contribute to various mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Taking care of yourself will improve your overall mental health, and you’ll be better equipped to face the ups and downs in your day.

“I’ve found that my support network of friends has been invaluable in juggling the responsibilities of being a single mom to two teenagers. I’ve learned to accept support when it’s offered. Without my community of great friends, I don’t know how I’d manage all the responsibilities of work and raising a family. I also prioritize self care. Taking some time out to focus on taking care of myself makes me a much better Mom to my kids.”

— Keri Bevan, The Daily Dish

Time Management 

Managing your time effectively is one of the easiest ways to reduce overwhelm and get it all done in a day. 

  • Prioritize Tasks: Make a list of everything you need to do, then rank your tasks in order of importance. Focus on the most important tasks first, and don’t be afraid to let go of some of them.
  • Create a Daily Routine: Establishing a routine can help you stay organized and on track. Plan your daily schedule in advance and stick to it. This will help you make the most of your limited time with your children and ensure that you have enough time for work, self-care, and other responsibilities.
  • Delegate Tasks: It’s important to recognize that you can’t do everything alone. Delegating tasks to others, to a family member, friend, or hired help, can be a huge stress reliever. Plus, if your kids are old enough to help, they can pitch in with smaller jobs around the house or cook a simple meal.
  • Technology: Technology can be a lifesaver for single mothers. From scheduling apps to productivity tools, some tools can help you stay organized and manage your time more effectively.
  • Seek Help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Whether it’s a friend or family member, a support group, or a professional counselor, there are resources available to help you manage the challenges of single motherhood.

Build a Support Network

Having a network of friends, family, and others around you to help is essential when you need extra help or just someone to listen. Wondering how to build a support network? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Connect With Other Single Mothers
Joining a support group for single mothers can be a great way to connect with others who understand your challenges. 

Lean On Family and Friends
Your family and friends can be a valuable source of support, especially during challenging times. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them when you need help, want to talk or need a babysitter for a solo weekend away.

Hire Help
Whether a babysitter, nanny, meal service, or housekeeper, hiring help can free up time and reduce stress. If you can afford it, consider investing in help to make your life easier.

Seek Professional Help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider seeking professional help from a counselor or therapist. Talking to a mental health professional can give you the support and guidance you need to manage stress and find balance.

Take Advantage of Community Resources
Your community may have resources for single mothers, such as childcare assistance, job training programs, and financial assistance. There are also government programs to help, including

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Stay Positive

There are days when embracing your role as a single mother might seem impossible, but staying positive will affect you and your kids, too. 

Focus on the Good
Despite the challenges, there are many benefits to single motherhood. Take time each day to focus on the good things in your life and appreciate your wonderful relationship with your kids. Carve out a few minutes to write in a gratitude journal or say out loud each morning three things that are good in your life.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments
As a single mother, you do a fantastic job. Take time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Whether landing a new job, completing a home improvement project or simply making it through a tough day, every accomplishment is worth celebrating.

Find Joy in the Journey
Single motherhood can be a rollercoaster ride but focus on finding joy in the journey. Laugh with your kids, spend time in the park or have a fun night out with friends, and make time for activities that bring you joy and happiness.

Surround Yourself With Positivity
Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people can help you stay in the right mindset. Seek out friends who uplift and inspire you, and don’t be afraid to distance yourself from those who bring negativity into your life.

Embrace Your Strength
As a single mother, you are strong, capable, and resilient. Embrace these qualities and use them to overcome the challenges of single motherhood.

Set Realistic Goals
Setting realistic goals for yourself can help you stay motivated and focused. Whether a long-term or a short-term goal, having something to work towards can help you stay positive and encouraged.

Take Time For Yourself
Carving out time for yourself might be the last thing on your list, but it should be up near the top! Self-care is essential for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Plan Me Time 
Whether it’s a yoga class, a bubble bath, or a night out with someone special, make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Prioritize Self-Care
Self-care is essential for single mothers. Whether eating a healthy meal, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, or taking a relaxing bath, make time to prioritize self-care each day.

Get Out of the House
Taking a break from your daily routine can help reduce stress and bring a fresh perspective. Consider taking a weekend trip, a day trip, or simply a walk in the park to get out of the house and recharge.

Find Ways to Relax
Relaxation is critical to reducing stress and finding balance. Take a yoga class, meditate, cook a healthy dinner, or sit in nature, but find activities that help you relax and unwind.

There’s no tougher job than being a single mom, but you can look after yourself and your kids, too. It may seem like an impossible task some days, but keeping positive, building a solid support system, and managing your time can all help you be the best parent you can be.

This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.

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