You’re not alone.
That’s a message we need to hear more often, especially when it comes to parenting. As if the job wasn’t hard enough, feeling lonely can make parenting feel impossible.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get through this, and we’re here to help. Below are some tips for battling loneliness as a parent. We hope they can help you find your tribe and feel less alone.
Nurture relationships outside of parenting
Reconnect with old friends, or make some new ones.
The more people you have in your life who you can rely on and talk to, the less lonely you will feel.
And don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Make time for the things you enjoy, even if they don’t involve other people.
Spend time in nature, read a book, and take a warm bath. Relaxing and rejuvenating activities like these will help you recharge so you can face the challenges of parenting with fresh energy.
Get involved in online communities
There are communities for parents of all ages, stages, and backgrounds.
You can find groups for parents who are just starting, for parents of kids with special needs, for stay-at-home parents, for working parents, and more.
The great thing about online communities is that you can be as involved as you want to be. You can read posts and stories, or you can jump in and start participating in discussions.
You can also find communities that match your interests—for example, if you love to cook, there are probably online groups for self-made chefs who are also parents. Spending time in these online communities can help you feel connected to other people who understand what you’re going through. And it can also give you ideas and support for dealing with the challenges of parenting.
Talk to family and friends
Loved ones may be able to offer help and support, and relate to what you’re going through.
Of course, it’s not always easy to reach out and ask for help. You might feel like you’re supposed to be able to do everything on your own, but that’s simply not true. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. So if you’re feeling lonely, pick up the phone or send a text to a friend or family member today.
Find joy in group activities
It may feel daunting to put yourself out there, but know that you are not alone in your feelings of loneliness.
Finding a group to join can be one way to ease these feelings and provide some much-needed companionship. There are groups for just about everything these days, so there is one sure to fit your interests.
Joining a group can also help you find new hobbies. If you want to try something new or get back into an old hobby, joining a group is a wonderful way to get started. Not only will you have others to help support and encourage you, but you will also likely make some new friends along the way.
When you’re parenting on your own, it can be tough to deal with feelings of loneliness. But you’re not alone in this as there are plenty of other parents out there who are feeling the same way. And don’t neglect taking care of yourself. Make sure to exercise, get enough sleep, and maintain a healthy diet. This will help to enhance your mood and drive you to feel more optimistic about running the parenting race.