Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate the love and sacrifices of all mothers. Being a mom isn’t easy. It is a full-time job with no breaks, no vacations, and no days off. Moms wear allll the hats… from caretaker to teacher, to friend and confidant. We have to be strong and nurturing, gentle and firm, and we have to do it all with an unending supply of love and patience.
Moms are often the ones who hold everything together– who never give up, no matter how tough the going gets. We are the epitome of strength and resilience. But why? For our kids, of course! We hold up our babies when they feel like quitting, we pick them when up when they fall, and we never let them give up on themselves. We are their biggest cheerleaders, always rooting for them, even when we they don’t believe in themselves. We are the ones who remind them that they are capable of achieving anything they set their minds to, and that failure is just a stepping stone to success.
This Sunday is the day to honour and appreciate all the mothers in our lives, whether they are our biological mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, or the women who have acted as mothers to us. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices they have made, and the impact they have had on our lives.
As a mom, it’s easy to forget about self-care, especially when you’re busy with the responsibilities of taking care of your children. But, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of everything around you.
Here are some ways that all you moms can love YOURSELVES on Mother’s Day and beyond.
- Take a break
Taking a break from your everyday responsibilities can be incredibly refreshing. Whether it’s going for a walk, taking a long bath, or reading a book, find something that you enjoy and take some time to do it. This can be a great way to clear your mind and relax. Remember, you are a human being, not a machine – you are worthy of rest.
- Treat yourself
Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something special. Whether it’s a massage, or your favorite dessert, indulge in something that makes you happy. Remember, you deserve it! When I speak about the deep healing work of self-care daily, it’s still ok to spoil yourself this Sunday!
- Connect with other moms
Connecting with other moms can be a great way to feel supported and understood. Join a mom’s group or reach out to a friend who is also a mom. Talking with someone who understands what you’re going through can be incredibly comforting and supportive.
- Practice gratitude
Taking the time to practice gratitude can be a great way to shift your focus from what’s not going well to what is going well. Take a few minutes to write down a few things that you’re grateful for, whether it’s your children, your health, your job, a beautiful meal, or a supportive partner.
- Let go of guilt
Moms often feel guilty for taking time for themselves, but it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish. Let go of any guilt you may be feeling and remember that you deserve to be happy and healthy. Oxygen mask on you first, my mama friend.
- Prioritize sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for your physical and mental health. Prioritize getting enough sleep by creating a relaxing bedtime routine and sticking to it. Turn off electronics an hour before bed and create a calm and relaxing sleep environment.
- Practice self-compassion
Remember to be kind to yourself. We often hold ourselves to high standards and can be hard on ourselves when we fall short. Practice self-compassion by talking to yourself the way you would talk to a friend who is struggling. Remember, you’re doing the best you can in any given moment.
- Find joy in the present moment
Present moment dwelling – where your life will always be best lived. Take some time to be present and find joy in the moment. Whether it’s playing with your children or enjoying a cup of coffee, find joy in the little things.
I hope this Mother’s Day, you take some time to love yourself too. Remember, you deserve to be happy and healthy!
I also want to say that it’s important to recognize that for some people, Mother’s Day can be a very difficult day. For those who have lost their mother or have a strained relationship with their mother, it can be a reminder of pain and sadness. To all the women who find Mother’s Day challenging, know that you are not alone in your feelings. Please gentle with yourself and take care of your emotional well-being. It’s important to prioritize your own needs during this time.
Mother’s Day is a day for all women to remember that they are special in so many ways and to embrace the uniqueness that is female. And whether feeling empowered in your skin comes with breast feeding your baby, or holding your partner’s hand, or while at work, or in sexy lingerie, or on a yoga mat, I hope you seek if for yourself. Your growth and evolution starts with you. You really do hold the key.
I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the women of the world. I wish you peace, forgiveness, love, cherished memories, laughter, and SELF LOVE this Mother’s Day. I wish you love and many blessings, and lots of laughter. Enjoy the moment, and I hope someone spoils you on Sunday.