While she is running around taking care of others, the term “self care” might seem frivolous to our mothers. But we as true-blue millennials know how just important caring for oneself is–especially when you juggle cooking with office work, while battling a little something called the covid-19 pandemic.
So, this Mother’s Day, why not collect all the love our darling mothers have showered on us and give it back, by truly giving them the space to take care of themselves.
This Mother’s Day, let’s help our mothers prioritise themselves by teaching them how to consciously build daily habits that facilitate a healthier and happier self:
1. Set up a mental health date with your mother
While keeping up with our chaotic lives, we may often talk with our mothers covering bases like: “khaana khaya?” But very rarely do we take out the time to ask the simple but powerful question: “Aap kaise ho?”
During this lockdown, let’s use every bit of extra free time to have an open conversation with our moms about their mental health and discuss the importance of opening up. You can even establish a schedule of future mental health dates with her. Or perhaps gift her a journal to pen down her thoughts and worries.
2. Teach your mom the art of treating herself
Ever noticed how our mothers always ask us what we want to eat, but very often forget to treat themselves? It’s time to change that.
Although, in the beginning, treating or pampering herself might seem ridiculous to her, so you’ve got to hold her hand the first time and consider some joint activities. For instance, the both of you can put your baker hats on and bake a three-ingredient mug cake, just for her. Within minutes she’ll know how pampering herself isn’t hard work, but reaps delicious results.
3. Set up an at-home workout station to encourage her to exercise
Mothers and exercise very rarely go together. While your mother might not feel like working out, you’ve got to pull her in. This time instead of giving her a boring lecture on why exercising is important, it’s time you show her how fun it can be.
Choose any physical activity like yoga or Zumba, put on a YouTube tutorial, and get ready for a fun day. Prior to the workout, don’t forget to teach her how to warm-up though. While you’re at it you can also include her friends and relatives (through video calls, of course) to help her feel enthusiastic and motivated about it.
4. Teach her why spa sessions are not indulgence
It’s common for our mothers to only invest in fancy products when there’s a shaadi or other special social gatherings. Consistently following a practice of pampering her skin and hair (read: facials, proper CTM regimes, hair masks, and so on) might drill in the belief that skincare and haircare is not an indulgence, rather essential for good skin and meant to be enjoyed.
Make home-made masks together, give her a nice oil champi, and do an at-home pedicure–and help her relax and feel good about herself. So, this Mother’s Day, teach your mother how to mother themselves and be her happiest self.