“If only Mother’s Day were every day!”
This is an intriguing response that resonates with all women, those with children and even those without children. These words hold so much wisdom and depth about the imbalance in the lives of all women, it’s important to investigate and learn from them.
What is it about that one day that women long for?
Women often feel lost in the endless to-do lists and nonstop schedule, Mother’s Day is the one, and sometimes, only day, they honor themselves.
The day is filled with gifts, cards, gifts, children saying thanks and others taking care of the house. Some women even admit they don’t enjoy that day completely, but will at least cut back on a few of their daily duties
Instead of this day being fleeting and short-lived and enjoyed, there are principals that can be utilized to celebrate it’s intent everyday! This is an opportunity for women to look at areas in their lives that often sabotage any effort to continue the honor of Mother’s day to every day, or at the very least, more than just one day a year!
Women need to be aware of their language and what it communicates to themselves and others such as:
- “I’m fine, thanks for asking.”
- “I would be glad to do that for you.”
- “No, I don’t want anything.”
- “How can I help you?”
Eliminate or change their words in a way that honor’s themselves and allows them to change their actions.
Learn how to let go. Women who over accommodate and take on a lot of responsibility will find those around them working less and giving less. Let go of excuses that no knows how to do it or know one will. Holding on to everything causes you to be resentful and critical. And you will find yourself in the martyr role. Realize that you do not have to do it all!
Come up with your self care plan. Women should keep track of ways to nurture themselves and incorporate those things into their daily lives. Taking a relaxing bath, reading a book, getting regular massages, sitting in the sun, or just 30 minutes at the end of each day just for themselves.
- Create a to-do list reserved for the nurturing activities only.
- Apply one thing from that list into a weekly routine.
- Be consistent in keeping these nurturing activities at the top of the list.
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