4 Coping Mechanisms For Single Moms
More and more moms find themselves facing all the responsibility of raising a family alone. For a number of single moms, this also includes having to work a full-time job while parenting full-time. That’s quite a load, to say the least.
Four things stand out as essentials if you’re going to successfully navigate being a single mom.
Have a Positive Attitude
Your attitude can affect both your mental and physical health and can play a pivotal role in whether you succeed or fail. People who think they can, usually can. Having a positive attitude will stop you from being a victim in your mentality, where you continually ask – why me?
No doubt, things may not be easy as a single mom, but you can make it with a positive attitude. Seek professional help if you need to.
Refuse To Give In to Comparisons.
Most comparisons can be extremely toxic as they’re usually short-sighted and inaccurate. This is simply because you never see the entire story, and more importantly, you don’t know what other people may be dealing with.
We’re all unique, with no two people having the same exact experiences.
When we make these comparisons, expectations come with them – and in most cases, those expectations are unreasonable. Make the most of your situation, without having to focus on comparisons.
Never Give Up
You stop fighting when you quit. When you quit, you can never win.
Being determined is a necessary facet to have in order to overcome any obstacle, challenge, or handicap. When things don’t go your way or something doesn’t work out, you have to try again. Be it from a different angle, maybe in another way, you have to keep trying. Set a goal, have a plan, and never give up.
Nurture Your Soul
Everyone needs a resource outside ourselves which we can go to for nourishment and refreshment. You mustn’t neglect the needs of your innermost being. Whether it’s through religion, spirituality, or a sense of community with your support system, find something that will refresh you.
The inner strength you cultivate will help you endure those hard days. That strength will remain a constant because you would’ve nurtured your soul. This will also show your children the source of your strength and they too, as they grow up, will see what truly matters.
Being a single mother is not an easy road. Have a positive attitude always. Don’t give in to comparisons. Never give up. And nurture your soul. Visit Pregnancy by Choice today for more tips.
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