Being a parent is a full-time job, but what happens when you are also trying to take care of yourself? As a divorced mom, my struggle with balancing self-care and parenting is ongoing.
After my divorce, I felt lost and overwhelmed as a single parent. I was juggling a lot of responsibilities, from making sure my kids were fed and dressed for school, to paying bills and keeping up with work. It was a lot to handle and it left me feeling exhausted and drained.
It wasn’t until I started prioritizing self-care that I began to feel more balanced. Whether it was taking a bubble bath or going for a run, making time for myself allowed me to recharge and better handle the daily stressors of parenting. But finding that time isn’t always easy. Especially when you have kids demanding your attention 24/7.
As a mom, I’m used to putting the needs of my children before my own. But practicing self-care means setting boundaries and making time for myself, even if it means saying ‘no’ sometimes. It’s important to remember that self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.
But finding that balance isn’t always easy. There are times when I want to take time for myself, but my kids need me. It’s a constant struggle to find that middle ground between caring for my children and caring for myself.
One thing that has helped me is involving my children in my self-care routine. I’ll take them on a hike or to the gym with me, or we’ll have a family game night. It allows me to spend time with them while also taking care of myself.
Another thing that has helped me is asking for help when I need it. Whether it’s asking a family member to watch the kids or hiring a babysitter for a few hours, having someone else take over for a bit allows me to focus on my own needs.
As a divorced mom, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and alone. But prioritizing self-care is necessary for both my mental and physical health. It’s a balancing act, but with time and practice, I know that I can find that sweet spot between taking care of my kids and taking care of myself.