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Can You Reclaim Joy Amidst Burnout as a Single Mom?

by | Jul 2, 2023 | 0 comments

Have you ever felt like the chaos of life has taken away your passion and left you longing for joy? Well, you’re not alone. As single mothers, we face numerous responsibilities that leave little room for personal interests. However, let’s explore the possibility of reclaiming joy and reigniting our passions even in the midst of burnout. Grab a moment for yourself, and let’s see if we can find some helpful insights.

1. Acknowledge Your Emotions:
Take a moment to acknowledge and understand the emotions you’re experiencing. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and disconnected from your passions when constantly attending to your children’s needs and managing various aspects of life. Allow yourself to recognize these feelings without judgment. Sometimes I need help with identifying and labelling my emotions, and I have found meditations like this one from University of Chicago Student Wellness to be particularly useful.

2. Carve Out Time for Self-Exploration:
Finding time for yourself can be challenging as a single mom, but it’s crucial for rediscovering your passions. Schedule regular self-care sessions where you can engage in activities that ignite your soul. It can be as simple as dedicating 30 minutes each day to something you love, like reading, painting, or dancing. Your can find inspiring stories of Self-Discovery on Thrive Global, a wellness platform launched by Arianna Huffington, founder of the Founder of The Huffington Post, who herself was raised by a single mother.

3. Prioritize Self-Care:
Self-care forms the foundation for reclaiming joy and reigniting your passions. Make it a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Incorporate activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit. It could be taking a bubble bath, going for a walk in nature, practicing meditation, or indulging in a hobby you enjoy. As a single parent, self-care can be tricky, since the common notion is that it requires time and money.

Need Salf-Care Now? Try this Box-Breathing Exercise!
Step 1: Breathe in, counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs.
Step 2: Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Try to avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 seconds.
Step 3: Slowly exhale through your mouth for 4 seconds.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you feel re-centered.

I love this article that provides self-care ideas if you have an hour, 10 minutes, or even just a minute of time available. Of course, self-care is not just about being self-indulgent, but about setting boundaries and creating routines for better mental health. Remember, by taking care of yourself, you’ll have more to give to your children and the world around you.

4. Seek Support and Community:
Building a support network is crucial for single moms on this journey. This can seem hard, when you barely have time for yourself, or if building and maintaining relationships feel hard. Finding your tribe can be a challenge, but starting with even one empathetic friend with whom you can share experiences, seek advice, and find encouragement can be worthwhile. This post on 6 (Non-Awkward) Ways To Approach Someone You Want To Be Friends With might contain some useful tips on just establishing a genuine connection. For mental health support, finding a therapist near you or online is essential. Also, booking an appointment with a dedicated coach who has your best interests at heart may be a wise step toward moving beyond healing to thriving.

5. Embrace Imperfection and Set Realistic Expectations:
As single moms, we often put pressure on ourselves to excel in every role we play. However, it’s important to embrace imperfection and set realistic expectations. Remember that it’s okay to prioritize your passions and find joy, even if it means letting go of some commitments or seeking help from others. Listing out the things you used to or would like to enjoy, as this TinyBuddha writer did re-discover herself, could be a step toward carving out time to lean into pockets of joy.

Personal Prompt: Reflect on a recent experience where you struggled with setting realistic expectations as a single mom. How did it affect your ability to pursue your passions? Share what you learned from that experience, or just journal what comes up for you.

In the midst of life’s challenges, you have the power to rediscover joy and reignite your passions. By acknowledging your emotions, carving out time for self-exploration, prioritizing self-care, seeking support, and embracing imperfection, you can create a fulfilling and purposeful life. Remember, you deserve a life filled with joy and fulfilment. Take that first step, embrace the journey, and uncover the magic that awaits you.

Set a goal for this week to dedicate time to rediscover one of your passions or engage in an activity that brings you joy. Share your goal and commitment in the comments below.

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