Everyone suffers from stress at one point or another – though obviously some more than others. Luckily I don’t think I stress too much, though I suppose I do worry lots at times. Though I take most of life in my stride, I think the one thing that really stresses me out more than anything is money. Sure the kids stress me sometimes, so does my job, my partner, my family, friends and so forth – but ultimately the thing that brings me to tears and makes me feel stressed, is money.
It hasn’t always been that way, in fact its really only since being a single mother. Things are always so much harder than you think they’ll be – even when you think they’re going to be hard to begin with. Its the simple things like; how will I afford to keep a roof over our heads, how will I pay for clothes, how will I buy this weeks shopping, that all occur to you at first. But then there is more to it than that too; how do I get the kids everything they would like – without either a) spoiling them or b) making them feel like they have to go without because you’re a single parent.
Luckily my financial situation is on the up now. Ever since moving out of my own place in Saxilby and moving in with my partner, I’ve been able to concentrate on getting down some debt. However Christmas and my eldest daughter’s birthday are going to be rapidly upon me and I know I can definitely feel the strain of finances because of that.
I’m glad to say that other than money though, I don’t really suffer too much from stress. If you’d met me five years ago I’m pretty sure you’d have met an angrier, more stressed version of me – but age has definitely calmed that in me. Life really is just too short. And as cliché as it sounds, things are rarely as bad as they seem.