The ‘mental load’ has had a lot of press over the last few years as we finally start to understand the toll that being responsible for the day to day running of a family can have. Single parents often carry a significant mental load, juggling the responsibilities of parenting, household management, and often work, all on their own. This can lead to burnout and stress, making self-care and support from others crucial.
The Frolo Community, with its mission to offer connection, friendship, and empowerment to single parents, provides a supportive space for single parents to share their experiences and seek guidance from others in similar situations. Check out the Daily Uplift group chat for some wellness tips and pick-me-ups.
Single parents face unique challenges that can contribute to a heavy mental load. From making all the decisions on their own to managing the day-to-day responsibilities of running a household and caring for their children, the mental load of single parenting can be overwhelming. According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly a quarter of all families in the UK are headed up by single parents, totaling 1.8 million. Which means there are almost 2 million single parents carrying the mental load of a household alone in the UK, and millions more across the world.
Managing the mental load of single parenting requires self-care and prioritising well-being. While it may not always be easy for single parents to find the time and resources for self-care, it is essential for maintaining mental and emotional health. Simple practices such as setting boundaries, seeking support, and finding moments of joy and relaxation can make a difference in managing the mental load of single parenting. Read our post on self-care for single parents.
Building a supportive community is crucial for single parents to share the mental load and find understanding and empathy from others who have similar experiences. The Frolo app provides a diverse and inclusive space for single parents to connect with like-minded individuals, share their stories, and offer support to one another. By breaking down stereotypes and fostering a sense of empowerment, Frolo is helping single parents navigate the mental load of single parenting and build a life they love.
Carrying the weight of the mental load of single parenting can feel unbearable at times. Being aware of this in itself can help. When you need to, put something down. Don’t beat yourself up when you forget something like a school non-uniform day, a dentist appointment or if the house isn’t looking picture-perfect. Give yourself credit for everything you’re managing on your own and take a break whenever you can. You’ve got this!
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