Let’s face it…a single mother is one of the busiest persons in the world. Life may seem like a never-ending to-do list, balancing work, monitoring the kids’ online classes, keeping the house clean, preparing meals; every spare moment is used to take a quick nap before you’re on the go again. Even though your services are always in demand as a single mum, you have to schedule some time to care for yourself too.
Contrary to popular belief, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are seven budget self-care tips for single mums.
Keeping a journal is a simple and inexpensive way of recording your feelings, dreams, and goals for yourself. It’s therapeutic and a great self-reflection tool. Journaling allows you to be as creative as you desire, and one of the best things about keeping a journal is finding it back years later, reading it, and chuckling to yourself about what you wrote.
I know you’re an adult and to you, colouring may seem silly. It’s what your kids should be doing, right? I agree, however, adult colouring has many health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, and improving sleep. So, the next time you’re purchasing some crayons or coloured pencils for your little one, pick up a pack for yourself too. Click here to download a printable, adult colouring and self-care activity. Painting is also oddly therapeutic.
3. Date yourself
Plan a romantic evening for…one. Of course, get someone you completely trust to babysit your kids, then prepare your favourite meal, dress up, light some candles, add some decorations to the room, pour a glass of your favourite drink, play your favourite music faintly in the background, and dine with yourself.
4. Virtual Girl Chat
Call up a few of your best friends and just chat. Chat about anything you want. You can even make it an official event by sending an e-vite with the topics for discussion, and set it at a time when everyone’s kids are asleep. You can also add a theme or add fun rules, such as mandatory mask wearing. Although it may seem silly, the fun rules tend to break the ice from the minute the virtual call starts, as you and your friends may be bursting into fits of therapeutic laughter when you see each other’s masks. Trust me, you should try it.
Download a free meditation app and follow the steps until the calm, peace and balance consume your entire body. A cool alternative is trying yoga.
6. Create a Playlist
What songs just instantly put you in the right mood? Create a playlist filled with your feel-good or pick-me-up songs, plug in some headphones, and tune the world out. You’d be surprised at how much your spirits will be lifted after your one-woman jam session. Also, this goes well with dancing. Just thought you should know.
7. Sleep…but with a twist
Sleep as self-care? I know exactly what you’re thinking right now, but just hear me out for one second. The next time you’re going to dreamland, play some soothing sounds, which aid in, not only falling asleep faster, but also giving you a more relaxed feeling or vibe when you’re actually sleeping. Sleep-inducing sounds relax the mind and promote better sleep overall. And what’s a more budget-friendly tip than sleep? It’s free!! Don’t knock it till you try it, sis.
Finding the extra time for self-care is truly a stretch for a single mum, but of all the things you make happen for everyone else, I’m sure you can fit at least one of these seven self-care activities somewhere in there. It doesn’t have to be anything grand or over the top but maybe a little bit of balancing and trying to incorporate a bit of self-care in your daily routine. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s just necessary.