A single mother’s family builds its psychological health on her emotional well-being, yet these moms are often so busy attending to their kids’ needs that they overlook their own emotional needs.
Many of these mothers are single due to a dissolved partnership, death of a partner, or another difficult circumstance whose psychological costs impact their families. Even single moms who don’t grapple with grief, loneliness, guilt, abandonment, or trauma bear the heavy burden of being the primary parent.
The route women take to single motherhood varies, but parenting all by yourself is physically and emotionally demanding.
In the same vein, the way in which you approach each step toward emotional hygiene will be unique to your situation and personality.
Single moms who left their marriages after being bullied or abused, for example, need to recognize this past pain and the wounds it created while those who are widowed must acknowledge their grief and the scars left by the loss of their partner.
Whatever the case may be, the action of getting rid of disturbing emotions—is attainable to all.
- Acknowledging psychological pain — and stop the emotional bleeding
– Acknowledge grief and the scars left by the loss of a partner (Widows)
– Recognizing past pains and the wounds it created (Divorcees and unmarried mothers)
- Grappling with grief, loneliness, guilt, abandonment, or trauma
- Getting rid of disturbing emotions – financial insecurity, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, loneliness, regret or resentment .
- Allow forgiveness and practice acceptance.
- Focus on gratitude, and aim for optimism.
- Promoting Self-love – self-care, self-esteem, self-image, and self-determination.