I see you single mama. I completely understand how tiring it can feel trying to do it all. Being a busy woman, a mum, making all the food, working to pay the bills, fitting in socialising with friends, trying to make time for exercise, and hopefully squeezing in a little relaxation. Oh, and that thing called sleep!!
As a single mum it can be very easy to neglect our needs, which is why is it so important to make the effort to put this at the top of the list. I believe it is essential to prioritise our own needs before anyone and anything else. Why? Because we are important too, and the better we feel the more present, happier and healthier we can be for everyone and everything else.
I am a single mum, raising my beautiful two year old daughter, whilst running my own business, working a part time job, doing exercise and hobbies I love, and socialising. So I truly get how busy life can be, however I know that we can still feel amazing amongst the wild chaos.
You are so busy trying to do it all that when you consider the idea of self-care you feel selfish. Let me be clear, you are not selfish for taking care of your needs. You are important and deserve to feel healthy and happy. You are not neglecting your children by making time for yourself. It is so important to nourish and nurture yourself, because burnout is not the answer!!
Avoid that burnout by giving yourself permission to take time for ‘me time’. Depleting yourself will only make you feel unhappy, neglected and in the long run can affect your health making you ill. To prevent this from happening, it is time to commit to you. Make the commitment to see to your needs every day, whether big or small, as that simple choice to prioritise you will do the world of good for your mind, body, heart and overall quality of life.
Once you get comfortable with taking care of yourself you will realise how easy and fun it can be. I absolutely love my self-care routine and enjoy every moment. Some of the activities can be done with your child around, or alone when they are with their dad/at childcare/or being looked after by a friend or family member.
Give these 21 ways to look after yourself a go and see how you feel. I promise you this: you will feel a million times better when you take care of yourself mama!
21 Self-Care Ideas for Single Mums
You deserve to feel joy for your life. We all need downtime, whether a single parent or not, and it can be easy to fall into the trap of always doing and never being. Allow yourself to be with life and feel into what you need at this present moment.
Do you need to take a break and breathe?
Honour those feelings and do something wonderful for yourself. Make it a commitment to do this for the sake of your sanity mama. The happier you feel, the easier it will feel to do all the tasks. Trust me, your little ones will be ok when you decide to see to your needs too!