If you’re a successful single woman, it’s likely natural for you to take care of yourself. However, while you may be comfortable being your own boss and answering to yourself, there may come a time when you’re not able to do this or when you just need a bit of help coming through a difficult struggle. But when you’re used to being on your own, it can be hard to accept help or know who to turn to when you need a hand. So to help you navigate your way through difficult times in your personal life, here are three practical things every single woman should have.
A Plan For Medical Emergencies
One type of emergency that is hard to handle on your own is a medical emergency. While you likely can call an ambulance for yourself if you get in some kind of trouble, you won’t be able to express your medical wants if you’re somehow incapacitated. And while married women have their spouse to assist with their care, single women may not have told anyone their wishes for their medical treatment. For this reason, having a plan for medical emergencies, including a living will or advanced directive, is vital. With this legal documentation, you can rest assured that you’ll be given the medical care you desire if you’re not able to verbally express your own wishes or consent for certain medical procedure or decisions.
A Realistic Financial Plan
If your income is the sole income you’re working with, your financial success or failure is all dependent on you. Knowing this, it’s important that you’re making smart financial decisions for yourself. According to Anna Davies, a contributor to Self.com, every woman should know certain financial principles like how to save, budget, build a retirement account, spend realistically, diversify, and negotiate financially. If you’re not sure how to do any of these things yet, consider speaking with a financial advisor or taking a personal finance class to help you build these skills and learn this vital knowledge.
A Positive Maternal Figure
While you might be doing just fine on your own in general, you can’t live your life like a complete island. Every person needs some amount of friendship or emotional bonds with someone else, especially with someone they can look up to and trust. For this reason, Kovie Biakolo, a contributor to Thought Catalog, recommends that you cultivate a loving, trusting relationship with some type of positive maternal figure. While this may be your actual mom, it definitely doesn’t have to be. However, you should have some type of material figure that you can look to when you need help, advice, or counsel on certain aspects of your life.
If you’re looking for a few ways to create a well-rounded, secure life as a single woman, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be.