Marriage, Divorce & Dating

3 Enlightening Hobbies for the Single Mom

Most moms would readily tell you that parenting is a joy, but moms are so busy and stressed, sometimes they don’t take time for themselves. Single moms experience this problem more than anyone since they don’t have a partner to share some of the workload at home. Even though single moms are constantly running from one activity to another, it’s important to take a breather.

Hobbies benefit the single mom in so many ways. Taking time out from the stresses of work and child care makes a mom feel more rested, which makes her a better and more present parent. Having a favorite hobby or activity means that you can build your skills in an area other than parenting. Hobbies are also a great way to make friends or help the community through volunteer work. Read on for some fun ideas for both crafty and non-crafty moms.

Fitness

Working out regularly reduces stress. A “runner’s high,” or the mood-lifting benefit of a workout, is a real thing. It helps to combat anxiety and depression. In addition, taking care of your body makes every part of your life feel more balanced.

You don’t have to throw yourself completely into the fitness lifestyle to experience the benefits for yourself. Start at your own pace by adding more physical activity to your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or go for walks at lunch. Yoga is an excellent way to begin your fitness practice. Take a class and meet new friends. You’ll feel more centered and more confident in your body. Taking a class is a great way to show off the yoga leggings you mostly wear for relaxing around the house.

Knitting and Crochet

Knitting and crochet are hot crafting trends. It looks intimidating to start, but the basics are much easier than they look. It’s an inexpensive hobby to begin with, but beware, as you get better at it, you’ll spend more money on yarn and accessories. It’s a lot of fun to make things for your kids as well as for your friends and family. Knitting for a homeless shelter or other charity is an excellent way to give back to the community.

You can learn the basics from a book or by watching YouTube videos, but the best way to learn is from an experienced knitter. Ask around in your group of friends: it’s likely you already know someone who can help you. Take a class or visit your local library for a drop-in stitchers group. You may even make a friend to share your new hobby with.

Blogging

Journaling is a valued way to relieve stress. Maybe you’ve thought about starting a blog but haven’t thought about what you’d like to share. You can set up a private blog for just your friends to read, or you can start something public. Write about a favorite activity or about events in your area, or share your thoughts about being a single mom. Use your social media connections to find more readers for your blog.

As your following grows, you may even be able to make money from ads or affiliate marketing. Some moms have been able to build their own brand from a blog and are able to rely on it as a source of income.

As a single mom, it’s vital to take time to explore your own interests. As mothers, we too often feel like we are losing our identity and our sense of self. A hobby can be a great way to reconnect with ourselves and find what makes us happy.