Single motherhood. How does that sound to you? A strong, independent woman? A tough- nut of a missy, perhaps, having to tackle the monumental task of parenting on her own. Well, that's one side of it. Beyond this scenario is also a person constantly stressed, or harassed, working her socks off to tend to her kids more than herself. And then there's the burly pile of bills and expenses to pay. And the laundry, the groceries, housekeeping, and more chores. Not to mention matters having to do with her job and herself personally. It's basically because her responsibility mostly lies on taking care of her "kids" or "children"- persons who have not attained maturity- and therefore dependent on her.
It's tough enough for a single woman to handle her own issues- career, relationships, finances- what more for the single mother. Single motherhood is basically a womanly lot exacting several times over. There goes the single mother- the matriarchal "do-it-all" of today's age. By all means, the single mother is expected to earn more, or else she HAS to. There might be financial support from the so-called father of her children, but at times it might not be enough. Single motherhood can be overwhelming at many points. As a single mother, you might get frazzled from time to time, wondering how you can handle your day-to-day undertakings, "insurmountable" as they may seem.
Because of the charge expected of you, you might have the tendency to do, and to give- your time, your resources, your affection, your energy- to your kids. To the point that you may have forgotten yourself. That's very heroic of a single mother indeed, but you ought to remember that the source of your kid's strength and existence is YOU. More than being a single mother extending so much for them, you first have to take care of yourself. Off we go then to Single Motherhood survival 101. Your health is vital towards your functioning as a single mother to the optimum.
So by all means, take care of your health. Keep to a healthy diet. You could be hurrying and scurrying most of the time. Your common compulsion could be to frequent fast food restos and drive thru's. You may be able to skimp on your time, but this habit would end up more costly in the long run. Plus, health-wise, it is literally "unwise". The proper food choices- fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins can do so much in giving you energy and better focus. Not to mention that you're setting a good example to your kids about healthy eating.
Try finding easy-to-prepare home recipes, too. Taking health supplements can go a long way in the same manner. For resistance against illnesses and fighting stress. Be particular about your vitamin D and calcium nourishment. Fish oil supplements can aid you in boosting your womanly health concerns. Exercise, be on the move. Take time for a regular exercise regime. Going to the gym cuts both ways in terms of exercising, increasing your energy levels and socializing. And of course, in promoting your health and your figure. Most of all, have time and give time to yourself each day. Single "mother" that you are, you feel obliged to be a parent and you might forget you as a woman, as a person- with your own needs and wants.
With so many things demanded of you, don't forget to be kind to yourself. Slow down when you have to, relax, unwind, read a good book or call a good friend. Visit the salon for a make-over, paint your toenails, pamper yourself. Go out and have fun from time to time. Take care of you as a person, and you become a better woman and a better parent. And single motherhood would not feel like a lone enterprise anymore.