28 Jan “I feel exhausted trying to juggle being a single parent and working at the same time. I don’t feel I am doing well at either. Help!”
Does this sound familiar? If so don’t worry as it is normal to feel like this at times. Being a single parent can be very demanding, especially if you have to go to work too.
Some people feel guilty that they cannot be there for their children as much as their kids would like. Children are much more resilient than you think and in the long run they will appreciate that you went to work to provide a better life for them. They can also be guilty of tugging the heart strings to get a reaction from you too!
6 steps to feeling better:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, your boss or your local community support groups. There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it.
- Stop beating yourself up as it won’t help. Instead focus your mind on what you can do to make it better.
- Do your best – as that is all you can do.
- Schedule some quality time in with your kids each week so you can all connect and have fun together. You will find that even if its short bursts of quality time where they will get your undivided attention you will all feel much better for it.
- Ensure you get enough sleep so you can maintain your juggling act as this will help to keep you strong and maintain a good perspective.
- Schedule some time to focus on yourself when you can do the things you enjoy. Fun is important as it helps to increase your happiness levels!
Remember that being a happier parent will help your children to feel happier. Don’t be so hard on yourself and focus on the good things you can do, rather than all the things you can’t.
You only live once so whatever your situation you have to do your best to make the most of it. That is all anyone can ask of you. So put these tips into action and watch how your situation improves.