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How to keep a healthy mind when you’re a single parent

Being a single parent can be tough. There are added pressures to deal with such as the sole responsibility for running a household and raising your child/children, worrying certain role models are absent, financial concerns or simply feeling lonely.

These pressures can quickly leave you feeling stressed out and tired. Stress can manifest itself in many ways including physically such as headaches or gastrointestinal problems and mentally such as anxiety and depression.

It’s important you keep a healthy mind and a positive outlook for yourself and your family. We have added some tips below on how you could do this.

Take time for yourself. Ensuring a strong routine at home such as regular mealtimes and bedtimes mean you will get time for yourself as well. Once the children are asleep take a bath, read a book, or watch your favourite television programme.

Get the right amount of sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep means we wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. The National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.

Keep a diary.  A lot of people really feel the benefit of writing down how you feel at the end of the day is a great way to deal with emotional stress. By putting your thoughts on paper, you will be able to get them out of your head, and hopefully be able to deal with them more easily.

Talk. Keep the lines of communication open. If you feel things are getting too much or you are feeling lonely or it’s just been a really tough day, talk to a friend or family member. Regular two way conversations with children about the way they are feeling is also important as they will also be dealing with a lot of their own emotions. offers resources for parents and carers such as activities you can do with your child. Activities include ideas for talking about emotions, how to make friends, dealing with anger and coping with grief and loss.


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