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exercise - weights - womanWhen we’re Starting Over Single, we have so many things to deal with – little people to take care of – finances, co-parenting, trying to forgive, ad nauseam. We sometimes forget about taking care of ourselves – or we just avoid the topic.

Self-care is not selfish; rather – it is necessary. The stress of Starting Over Single can impact your overall health.

If you’re a single mom, your children need you to be healthy. A perfect example comes from the airlines. If the oxygen masks come down, Mom needs to first grab one for herself so she can help her children. If Mom passes out, everyone suffers.

The same is true in our personal lives. If we pass out, get sick, have a nervous breakdown – the entire household suffers.

Because we are holistic beings, health includes more than just the physical aspect. Taking care of yourself includes the emotional, mental and spiritual parts of who you are.

All of these areas have been affected by the divorce. All of these areas need to be healthy in order to move forward.

In this post, we’ll consider Action Points for the Physical Areas:

  • Schedule your annual physical. If you can’t afford health insurance, find a clinic that offers free mammograms, pap smears and blood work.
  • Tell your doctor about any health concerns and follow your doctor’s advice. If your husband cheated on you, tell your doctor. You may need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. This is a difficult thing to consider, but they will only get worse if they aren’t treated.
  • Dental health is important because oral health affects other areas of our bodies. Find a clinic or a dental school that offers free cleanings. Keep regular dental appointments.
  • Floss and brush.
  • Take care of your eyes. Get regular vision checkups and once in a while – invest in a new pair of glasses or sunglasses. They’ll make you feel better all over.
  • Stay away from sugary treats and sodas. Yes, I know – occasionally we need a treat, but try to limit those chocolate, ice cream, chips and salsa moments to once / week.
  • Avoid processed foods. Eat clean. If your budget allows it, buy organic. If you have a yard, grow your own garden. Check out this post about Eating Clean on a Budget.
  • Exercise. Even 10 minutes/day of walking in place will help you feel better. You can walk in place while watching the evening news. If your budget allows, buy a gym membership. Be as active as you can and include your children in physical activity.
  • Join a yoga class. Check into your local YMCA for economical classes.
  • Take a good multi-vitamin. Calcium and vitamin D are important for women. Make sure you’re buying quality brands.

Some of these healthy habits are going to cost money, but they’re worth it. If you get sick and have to buy medicines, that will be expensive, too. If you have to have a surgery or spend time in the hospital, that will cost you a bundle.

A little money for prevention is cheaper in the long run. And you can include your friends and family in your health plan. Ask for a gym membership for a Christmas gift. Request a new yoga outfit for your birthday. Check out the best deals for running / walking shoes.

The main thing to remember is that you ARE worth it. Your health should never be compromised, because your life depends on it.

And you want to move forward feeling good.

©2016 Starting Over Single