Mother’s Day has been an official holiday in the United States since 1914. For over a century we have dedicated a day each year to celebrate mothers and motherhood. Mothers just like you. You have played many roles as a mom, you have lost countless hours of sleep, you have stressed over the happiness and well-being of your children. But have you ever taken a Mother’s Day to celebrate you? Celebrating our own successes as mothers can give us a better sense of accomplishment and importance.
This Mother’s Day, let’s take time to invest a little in ourselves. Here are some quick ideas!
Reflect on good memories.
When I look back on pictures of my kids when they were babies and little people, I’m so surprised at how fast time flies. It also helps me gain perspective and remind myself of the saying, “The days are long and the years are short.” Photos help me visually see the impact I am making on my children. Take a few minutes to look through your photos and reflect on the influence you’ve had in their lives.
Pamper your skin.
Take time to pamper your skin. Get a facial, make a homemade facial mask, or purchase a quality exfoliating cream or moisturizer. Relax in a lavender bubble bath. Trust me, taking a little time to focus on skincare will make you feel more rejuvenated and ready to conquer motherhood again.
Get a good night’s sleep.
It has been said that moms lose about nine hours of sleep each week. Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to gain some of that back. Prepare a good sleep environment by eliminating distractions in your room – noises, bright light, electronics, etc. Sleeping on satin sheets can help to regulate your body temperature while you sleep and reduce friction that pulls on your skin and hair.
Buy yourself a gift.
Go ahead, splurge a little. Buy that something that you’ve been needing, or better yet, wanting. (Like a quality, satin pillowcase. Wink.) If splurging could be too risky for your budget, then set an amount within your budget. Sometimes it is nice to be able to buy a little something for ourselves.
Take a small vacation – alone.
Sometimes we just need a little hiatus from mothering. A little alone time can restore our energy and allow us to be the mothers we want to be – more energetic, loving, and patient. Treat yourself to a small getaway, just you. You will come back rejuvenated and happy. If a trip isn’t possible, try an afternoon away or even an hour to recharge. You’ll be surprised how even over a short period of “you” time, you’ll feel refreshed.
Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there. Pat yourselves on the back. You’re doing the hardest but most rewarding job on the planet!