Being a single parent requires a lot of strength and energy. But when extra baggage weighs them down, their job becomes even harder. In his book, Successful Single Parenting, Gary Richmond points out a few baggage items to watch out for and how to work past them.
One thing that may weigh single parents down is depression. And whether you are experiencing a depression serious enough to talk to your doctor or you are just feeling down and lack your usual energy, Richmond provides some tips on how to take care of yourself:
– Watch your diet and make sure you are eating good, healthy foods.
– Be sure to make time for exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel better.
– Don’t isolate yourself. You may feel like hiding in your room, but the best thing for you is to surround yourself with your friends.
– Make a list of things you want to accomplish and do them. Having a sense of accomplishment will help your motivation and self-esteem.
– Within your budget, consider buying yourself a new outfit or changing your hairstyle. Some people find that a change in appearance helps their attitude in starting over.
– Remember situations where things looked bleak, but then worked out. Whether from your own life or from others’, take inspiration from the fact that other difficult situations have worked out.