Being a parent can be mentally and physically exhausting at times. However, being a single parent is often mentally and physically exhausting all the time.
As a single mom juggling with work, kids, home, and social life, you’re likely to put your health at the end of your list of priorities. But things can only be as good as how you feel. In the long run, not taking care of yourself will not just impact your health but can also affect your kids. You can save yourself and your kids from a health disaster by following these five easy tips that don’t even take much of your time:
Make Time for Movement
To stay on your toes all day, you need to take some time to literally be on your toes. But you don’t necessarily have to sign up for hour-long gym classes or go for a long jog early morning. Moving your body can be as easy as dancing with your kids before dinner or practising 10 minutes of sleep yoga before bed. As a single parent, you have to ensure that you’re living an active lifestyle. It will enable you to deal with all you deal with and set a healthy example for your kids.
Watch What You Eat
While frozen foods and ready-to-eat meals are a life-saver for single moms, their salt and fat content can cause health problems in the long run. Even if you live an active lifestyle, you cannot expect to burn all the fat you consume from junk food. If microwave meals are a regular in your home, compliment them with some supplements for fat burning. You can also look into preparing frozen foods in an air-fryer.
Make Meals a Family Activity
As much as avoiding unhealthy food is essential, skipping meals entirely will not make you healthy either. Eating healthy is a crucial way to stay healthy. It can be made more accessible by turning mealtimes into a family activity. A healthy breakfast and a healthy dinner also compensate for whatever unhealthy snacks you or your kids take during lunchtime.
Build a Routine
The key to juggling multiple things is to not juggle them but to organize them on a plate. Building a routine allows your instinct to take over. You begin to do things on a sort of auto-pilot mode. They stop feeling like big tasks but become a natural part of the day. With dedicated timings for most day-to-day tasks, finding time to deal with anything extra becomes a little easier too. A routine life also makes kids feel secure and helps them be organized in their personal life.
Schedule Some Me-Time
Being a single parent is a full-time job, but it shouldn’t take over your individuality. Keeping a little time for yourself every day, either at the beginning or end of the day, can significantly help your mental health. Use this time for your hobby, watching your favourite show, or indulging in some self-care.
As a single mom, you already know that nothing changes in a day. Just as raising a kid requires daily effort, so does prioritize your health. Don’t give up on yourself. Your happiness depends as much on your health as it does on the joy of your kids.