We see you, moms. You’re doing it all: caring for the kids, balancing schedules, keeping up your home, paying the bills, and (hopefully) making time to rest and recharge so you can wake up tomorrow and do it all over again.
This Mother’s Day, we present you with a list of hand-picked resources for single and divorcing or divorced mothers. We hope one or more of these resources will help you smile, relax, and stop stressing so much. Just remember: In this life, all of us need to take moments for ourselves to stop and smell the roses!
Connect with others who have been through divorce at Circles.com.
Have you ever wished for more friends? Friends who truly understand what you’re going through and can provide the authentic support you need? Circles is an emotional support platform that connects subscribers with others in similar situations. Members can attend weekly online meetings where they gain support and friendship.
Visit the Circles website and click “Find Your Circle” to find support groups that catch your eye. Not only will you see divorce-themed support groups, but you will also see support groups for people in narcissistic relationships, people suffering grief and loss, caregivers, and more.
Relax and reset with Tara Brach meditations.
Tara Brach is a psychologist, teacher, author, and meditational guide with a treasure trove of free online meditations for listeners. Sit back, close your eyes, and allow Tara’s voice to lead you to a place of calm and peace. You might start with one of our favorite meditations by Tara: Letting Go … Letting Be.
Get help with housing from HUD.
Stressed about homeownership, rent, or another aspect of housing? The U.S. Department of Housing and Development, HUD, exists to help people in need. Click here to gain specific information about HUD assistance in your state.
For example, on California’s HUD page, you can find a housing counselor to help you avoid foreclosure, get the phone numbers of people who know how to find affordable multifamily housing, learn about options for rent relief, view HUD houses for sale across the nation, or locate a homeless shelter near you.
Sell your diamond at Worthy.com.
Interested in turning your old diamond into cash? Worthy.com provides a low-hassle way to rid yourself of your ring. After you send them your jewelry via FedEx (they pay the shipping), Worthy has the jewelry appraised, invites you to set a reserve price (the lowest amount you’d accept for the ring), and cleans and photographs your jewelry for sale. Then, you sit back and watch as online bidders vie for your old gems.
Get free legal help from the American Bar Association.
If you’re a low-income mom who needs help with her divorce or other legal issues, you may be eligible for low-cost or free help through the American Bar Association. Click the link above to connect with lawyers who do pro bono work, lawyers who provide free answers to your legal questions, and other services.
Get help preparing your taxes through VITA.
If the thought of filing a tax return overwhelms you right now—and you make under $58,000 per year—The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help. VITA provides free tax preparation assistance to people with household incomes under $58,000. To work with an IRS-certified volunteer, visit your nearest help center. To find that place, click this link, enter your ZIP code, and read about where to go and what to expect. Alternatively, you could call 1-800-906-9887 for more information.
Move on (literally) with Onward.
Home is where the heart is, but after a break-up, it can be hard to know just where home should be. Onward is an online concierge service that assists clients with relocation. If you don’t have the time or energy to search for a new apartment/house, coordinate a move, contact all your utility companies, or figure out how to furnish your new place, put it in the hands of professionals. You can read more about Onward’s founders, two grade school friends who thought there ought to be an easier way to move out and move on, in our blog here.
Get positive daily affirmations on your smartphone.
Want to start each day with little positivity? Download Unique Daily Affirmations, a simple yet effective app for Android and Apple devices. It’s free, but like many apps, you may be encouraged to make in-app purchases. And at the end of the day, wind down with a second app download, Calm, for meditation, relaxation, and sleep.
Ask others’ opinions at LoveShack.org.
This relationship-oriented website is branded as an “interpersonal relationship advice and assistance community.” Visit the site to ask questions such as, “We had our first date. What do you think he meant by this?” or, “How do I put this guy in the friend zone?” Be prepared for all kinds of answers, and use at your own risk — but if you’re looking to chat and gather some second and third opinions, this is a fun alternative to more “traditional” social media sites.
Join a Facebook group for divorced moms.
Join a Facebook group, and you’ll find gems in your feed for as long as you want to keep it going. Here are a few we like.
Emma Johnson is the founder of wealthysinglemommy.com, and this is her Facebook group. Add it to your feed to see posts that encourage you to financially survive and thrive as a single mom. Another eye-catching Facebook group is Manifestation Babes. The subtitle of the page declares, “Your success is inevitable.” We love the positive vibe! Lastly, head over to Hello Divorce’s Facebook page so you don’t miss any of our latest resources, blogs, tips, and webinars.
Lose yourself in a bowl of popcorn and our recommended movie list.
Feeling bogged down by life? Want to lose yourself in a good story for a couple of hours? A little Netflix or Hulu might help you chillax. Our blogpost Movies to Watch if You’re Divorced (or Just Thinking About It) has something for you whether you’re feeling bored, angry, uninspired, or ready to take on the world.
Dance party in your living room with Hello Divorce’s motivational Spotify playlist.
Music lifts the soul like nothing else can. Our carefully curated Spotify list of post-divorce anthems will have you swaying to the beat and stomping your feet. Follow this link to our You Got This: Spotify Playlist to rock it out.