On Mother’s Day, we honour and reward mums with presents and parties. I think it’s crucial that mums learn to celebrate themselves on Mother’s Day.
Though it’s wonderful to feel our children’s love and appreciation, it’s just as important to learn to value and celebrate our own strengths and accomplishments as mothers (and women). One of my mottos is “self-love,” which you will learn about if you read my posts. Self-love, in my opinion, is among the highest forms of love and the most restorative.
Perhaps those of you reading this are thinking: “Isn’t it a tad selfish to celebrate myself?” As mothers, I believe we are socialised to put the happiness of our children and other loved ones ahead of our own. Yet, self-care, which includes loving oneself, is not selfish.
The importance of taking care of oneself has never been greater, according to the author of a recent study that explores the concept of self-love. Reason being that many people assume they must choose between being a good parent and a successful worker and investing in things that are good for themselves. The article’s psychologist introduces the concept of “interdependence,” which allows us to take pride in the fact that our own self-care often has a direct bearing on how well we can tend to the needs of others.
It stands to reason that a mother will be able to invest more of her time and effort into the well-being of her family if she has taken some time to care for herself, whether through pampering or just a nap. Given the challenges we’ve all encountered throughout the previous few years, this is truer than ever.
One of the most important lessons is the need of being open and honest with loved ones about what you want. We have come a long way from the days when our grandmothers would have never dared to do what we are doing now. Do you need some Mother’s Day self-love inspiration? Here are five.
Start by Following Your Passions
Self-love is difficult to pin down because its very nature is subjective. Weekend brunches with friends, going to the gym twice a week, or long walks in the park with your dog are all good examples. There’s no way to even begin to count them all. Nevertheless, you can’t give yourself the love you need if you don’t give yourself the time to do the activities you enjoy.
Finding healthy, enjoyable pursuits is what experts recommend. And don’t discount the significance of your personal relationships. Every woman, mother or not, deserves a night out with the girls every once in a while. Schedule a monthly get-together with your pals. Your sanity will appreciate the effort.
Always Have a Plan
It’s important to have a reason for living since your life does matter. Every morning, force yourself to open your eyes with a positive attitude and a desire to take on the world.
Think about the message and impact you want your life to have. Essentially, this means identifying an area of interest in which you can devote time and effort. It could be something private, like your physical well-being, or something public, like your involvement in a local charity. Put it all down on paper. It will provide you with a purpose in life and a goal to work for.
Make plans to get there. Objectives serve as inspiration, but they also give us direction and purpose. When we succeed, we gain a new appreciation for ourselves and confidence in our abilities. Incorporating a sense of purpose into your daily life can be accomplished by setting goals that are directly related to that purpose.
Take Charge of Your Own Destiny
Stop comparing yourself to other people; you are the one responsible for your own life. You weren’t given a second chance at life to live anyone else’s. It’s pointless to dwell on jealousy. Instead, think about how you can better yourself and make that your priority. Remember, you only get one chance at living. Aim for greatness!
Learn to Say No
Whether or whether you have a mother, you have a million things pulling at you. You have so much on your plate between family, work, the gym, and keeping in touch with friends that it can be challenging to make time for you. The phrase “self-love sometimes means saying no!” may be new to you, but it’s true.
To put it simply, we spend our entire lives trying to make other people happy. To avoid upsetting others, we often soften the truth, say “yes” when we really mean “no,” and steer clear of potentially awkward situations.
Yet, it’s imperative that you start trusting your instincts. In the future, when asked to do something you’d rather not do, say “let me get back to you” instead.
Try asking yourself at home if you truly want to take this step. “ Don’t do “this thing” if the notion of it makes your stomach drop. It really is that easy. Kindly decline your friend’s or relative’s request.
Recount Your Successes
Record your weekly successes on paper every Sunday evening. The best approach to falling in love with yourself is to make this a weekly habit. It’s tempting to dwell on the bad things that have happened, but we need to flip the script. Think about how good things are right now. This can help you feel proud of your accomplishments and keep you striving for more in the future.
Learning to love oneself is an ongoing practice that requires daily attention. These suggestions for self-love should motivate you to start loving yourself more immediately. And don’t forget to tell your mum how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you and how proud you are of the person she helped raise.