St. Patrick's Day, Easter and now Mother's Day. Spending holidays in quarantine has become the new normal lately and we've all had plenty of family time in between so, as a frazzled working Mother to a toddler who is currently out of daycare, I've come up with some ideas for Mother's Day that will help to recharge your spirit, connect with your loved ones and make you feel special on your big day.
Start the Day with Serenity and Gratitude
How you begin your day is often the attitude that you carry through the day so if you want your day to be filled with love, gratitude and serenity you should set that intention first thing in the morning. Don't sleep in. Wake up before the rest of your household and find a quiet place where you can really connect. Whether that's coffee on the patio or taking a brisk walk through the neighborhood, use this me-time to set your intentions for the day. Think about all the women who have made meaningful impacts in your life. Think of the strength and character that being a mother has given you. Just spend a minute being grateful. According to a Harvard Health Study, gratitude can improve your relationships, improve your physical health, help you deal with adversity and generally give you a more positive outlook on life.
Support a Local Business by Brunching it Up
Why cook on your special day? Local businesses like restaurants need our help right now and what better way to share the love! Many restaurants are offering delivery, takeout and curbside pickup. Do a quick google search for places in your area and it will tell you who's open for business.
Make your Own Mother's Day Bouquet
Most florists are closed and why risk a trip to the grocery store when you can spend time with your family, get some fresh air and make your own bouquet. Nature rejuvenates, reduces stress and anxiety and increases attentiveness so it's a great activity for both you and your loved ones. Head to the local trail or park and go on a flower picking adventure. With the little ones you can use this time to teach your children about nature, trees, flowers and insects. Check out the Teachstarter blog for free Nature Scavenger Hunt downloads. Make sure to pack water and snacks. Maybe even bring along a picnic blanket in case you find a shady spot beneath a tree. Just make sure you obey social distancing and don't congregate in heavily populated areas.
Video Call Mom
If you can't be with your Mom on Mother's Day, give her a Video Call. There are a number of video call apps out there including Facetime, Skype and Google Hangouts that can be used on both phones and laptops so there's no excuse not to pickup the "phone". If your siblings need a gentle reminder, send them one of these fun Call Mom CBD lip balms that come in outrageous flavors like Beach, Please.
After a long fulfilling day it's time to wind down with pamper time. Don't feel guilty if you need to set your kids up on the ipad or in front of the TV because I know you will. It's your day so give yourself a free pass on this one because having alone time is essential and children grow up far healthier emotionally when their parents are happy and fulfilled. So slip into a comfy robe, slap on a deep conditioning Hair Mask and turn up the Lizzo. Now would also be a great time to call fellow Mom friends and siblings that you haven't spoken to in a while. Spend some time reconnecting to the person you were before you had kids. Look at your body and thank it for it's beauty, strength and support and for giving you the gift of Motherhood.
APA psychologist Lynn Bufka says "How a mother manages stress is often a model for the rest of the family". This isn't an easy time in our lives but I truly believe we are going to get through this with love, patience and gratitude and at the end of the day we will all be a little stronger for it.
To all the Mother's out there, I wish you a happy and healthy Mother's Day.