“Mothers have martyred themselves in their children’s names since the beginning of time. We have lived as if she who disappears the most, loves the most…. When we call martyrdom love we teach our children that when love begins, life ends. This is why Jung suggested: There is no greater burden on a child than the unlived life of a parent.” —from her book, “Untamed””- Glennon Doyle.
Motherhood is a beautiful transformative journey, filled with love, joy, and hard work. Mother’s Day, serves as an excellent opportunity for moms to reclaim their identities, celebrate their individuality and begin prioritizing their own lives without guilt or hesitation. Self-care is not Selfish. It is important for both physical and mental well-being of mothers. When we take care of ourselves, we become better parents, partners and individuals.
Here are some ways you can prioritize self-care this Mother’s Day:
- Take some time for yourself: Whether it’s a few minutes or a few hours, take some time to do something that you enjoy. You could read a book, take a bubble bath, or go for a walk-in nature.
- Redefine priorities: It is important to let go of societal expectations and external pressures and enable yourself to create a life that aligns with your values and aspirations. This Mother’s day, figure out how you will create personal boundaries, delegate responsibilities and seek support from loved ones to live a fuller life.
- Practice gratitude: Take some time to reflect on all the things you’re grateful for. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stress of life, but taking a moment to appreciate the good things can help you feel more positive and uplifted.
- Get some rest: Make sure you get enough rest and sleep. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical health.
- Connect with loved ones: Spend some time with the people who matter most to you. Whether it’s a phone call or a visit, connecting with loved ones can help you feel more supported and loved.
- Treat yourself: Do something special for yourself, whether it’s buying yourself a gift, indulging in your favorite food or drink, or doing something else that brings you joy.
- Seek support: Don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones for support. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or mental health professional, talking to someone about your feelings can help you process them and feel more supported. Foster relationships with fellow moms that empower and uplift you and help you navigate through your journey.
A mother’s mental health is crucial not just for her own well-being but also for the overall health and development of her children. Research has shown that a mother’s mental health can impact a child’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.
Harleen Laroia, Executive Director of SimplySmart opens up about how the definition of wellness has changed since stepping into the role of motherhood. “When I became a mother, I realized that I had to take care of myself so I could be the best version of myself for my children and keep up with their endless energy and participate in their adventures. Fast forward 20 years and I am grateful for the work I did for myself.”
Mother’s Day represents more than just a day to honor moms- it’s a call to action for moms to prioritize their own lives and well-being. By embracing self-care and liberation, moms can redefine their roles, create fulfilling lives, and become positive role models for their children.
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