While all parents need to take some time for themselves, single parents especially need to make sure to carve out time for self care. As a single parent, you are always so busy caring for others that you most likely forget about yourself! But don’t be afraid to ask for help so you can indulge in some “me time” to avoid the burnout.
Go For A Walk
Raising your child solo, you likely run from place to place all day as well as chase them around inside. Not only are you probably craving some peace and quiet, you most likely also just want a little sunshine in your life. Whether you get a quick sitter or put your child in daycare, find the time at least once a week to take a walk by yourself. You will get to reset your mind and enjoy the outdoors.
Find Time For Exercise
Scheduling time to sweat it out may seem difficult to do as a single parent, but it’s worth it! Working out has multiple perks, including stress-relief and health benefits, that are especially necessary for single parents. Find half an hour to an hour for a quick exercise session, and your job as a parent may just seem a little less overwhelming. Luckily, there are many resources online to help you do stretches, workouts or yoga at home. Just search YouTube or Google to find your favorite exercise tutorials.
If you are able to get to the gym, many now have daycares who will watch your children while you exercise.
Go To Dinner With A Friend
Many of the best self care tips for single parents, including this one, require asking for help. As a single parent, probably the most important thing to remember is it’s okay to get a babysitter when you need to focus on you. There’s no shame in admitting that after a day of being with a child (or children), you crave some grown-up time. At least once month try to schedule a dinner with a friend or go see a movie not suitable for 4 year olds. You deserve it!
Get Up Early For “Me Time”
Getting up a little early may not seem like your favorite idea because it’s less sleep, but even getting up just 15 minutes before your kids can have a huge impact on your day. Use that time to drink coffee, read or just relax so you aren’t immediately thrown into the chaos as soon as your feet leave your bed.
Single parents, how do you practice self care? Let us know in the comments!