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Celebrating Motherhood and Self-Care

May/12/2024 / by Jordana Weiss

How to Prioritize Yourself This Year

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We’ve all seen the adorable suggestions for families celebrating mothers on Mother’s Day. Some popular ideas include breakfast in bed, bringing flowers, gifting jewelry, or even family photoshoots. While these celebrations and gift ideas are lovely, they don’t consider the exhaustion that comes from mothering on a daily basis. Particularly for parents of young children, the struggle of feeding, caring, snuggling, entertaining, and soothing is a 24-hours-a-day job.

This year, why not take Mother’s Day as an opportunity to delve deeper into the practices and habits of self-care? There’s no one right way to do it, and it’s all about establishing habits and routines that make you feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and refreshed.

Here are a few suggestions for prioritizing self-care this Mother’s Day.

Suggest A Spa Day

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family, but if the focus is on you, shouldn’t you take the time you really need to relax? A spa day for Mother’s Day is a great way to unwind and offers real benefits like stress reduction, reduced pain in sore muscles and joints, and improvements in your overall feeling of well-being.

Reflect On The Past Year Of Being A Mother

How much time have you taken – really taken, intentionally – to connect with your own inner experience of being a mother? Each year in a child’s life changes so exponentially from the one before, and giving ourselves time to process is always beneficial. This Mother’s Day, take some time to reflect on how you’ve felt over the past year and whether there are any changes you could make that would make the experience easier or more positive.

Engage In Creative Expression

Tap into your creative side this Mother’s Day as a form of self-expression and relaxation. Whether it’s painting, crafting, writing, or gardening, engaging in activities that allow your creative juices to flow can be incredibly therapeutic. Give yourself permission to explore and play without worrying about the end result.

Connect With Other Mothers  

Motherhood can sometimes feel isolating, but you’re not alone on this journey. Reach out to other mothers in your community or online support groups to share experiences, offer support, and gain perspective. Organize a brunch, picnic, or coffee date where you can bond over shared joys and challenges, fostering a sense of camaraderie and solidarity.

Nourish Your Body With Healthy Foods

Mother’s Day often involves indulging in decadent treats and rich meals, but true self-care also involves nourishing your body with wholesome, nutritious foods. Whether a meal is being prepared for you or you’re catering for others, take some time to prepare a delicious yet healthy meal, focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Prioritizing your physical health not only fuels your body but also boosts your mood and energy levels.

Engage In Physical Activity You Enjoy

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore – ideally, it should be a form of self-care that brings joy and vitality to your life. Instead of forcing yourself to hit the gym or follow a strict workout regimen, explore some physical activities you genuinely enjoy this Mother’s Day. Now is a great time to invest in new dance classes or equipment for a home gym, or simply take a leisurely stroll in nature. Moving your body in ways that feel good can uplift your spirits and promote better overall well-being.

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