Most single moms work hard, run from task to task, and juggle countless responsibilities each day. Then again, married moms also lead pressure-filled lives, too. The reality is that we’re all busy these days, life is tough, and the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Stressful routines from work, school, classes, chores, and errands sap the life out of us, leaving us drained. If we don’t work at being “up” by focusing on the positive, we can get down pretty quickly. That’s why this month as the work and school schedules force us back on the fast-paced treadmill of life, the challenge is getting rid of single mom self-pity for good.
For an instant upper, try one of these easy pick me ups:
- Help others. There’s always someone who needs more than you do, so go out and get involved with volunteering in your community. Taking the focus off of yourself will minimize your problems.
- Go from attitude to gratitude by writing down a few things you are grateful for each day and taking time to be thankful.
- Meditate on an uplifting thought or phrase. Place it on a 3x5 notecard at work or home to remind yourself to focus on positive thinking.
- Surround yourself by happy people. Their uplifted demeanors will rub off on you. Happiness is contagious!
- Plan something fun to look forward to each week. P.S. It doesn’t have to cost anything.
- Get back to a hobby that brings you fulfillment and puts you in the worry-free “zone.”
- Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to take care of myself today?” Then do it.
- Laugh at yourself as you let go of perfection.
- Pep up with music throughout the day.
- Get refueled in nature.
If you’ve fallen into the single mom self-pity trap, start fresh right now by trying something new and changing your perspective. After all, a happy mom means a happy kid!