Ah, Mother’s Day – that one special day of the year where everyone spoils you, Mama!
While it’s a timely reminder for everyone to say thanks for all that you do, it’s also the perfect opportunity to take some time to look after yourself – without feeling guilty.
The shops are full of flowers and chocolates and general materialism, but there are other things you can do to spoil yourself and increase your happiness and wellbeing.
1. Spoil someone else
Wait. Didn’t you just say this is about me? Spoiling myself?
We did! But science says that one of the best ways to improve our satisfaction in life is to engage in acts of kindness (but you already knew that – you’re a mum!).
Mother’s Day is supposed to be a happy family celebration, a time of warmth and love. But for some, it can be the complete opposite.
For those who may have lost their mother, or a child; are separated from their family; or are dealing with not being able to have a family of their own, Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder of their grief.
And it’s everywhere. In every shop, all over the television and social media, even their email inbox might be full of reminders that something important is missing.
So if you know someone who may be suffering this Mother’s Day, take some time out to spoil them. Some flowers, a card, maybe even just a text message to let them know, that you know this is hard time, and you’re thinking of them. It will do them (and you!) a world of good.
2. Do something by yourself
OK, this might seem slightly strange on a day that is all about celebrating family. But you know what they say… “Absence makes the heart grow fonder!”
A little bit of quiet time by yourself is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries. You could go for a massage or a movie, or even something simple like a coffee,or bushwalk. Take some time to think and reflect on what you are grateful for, and you’ll come home refreshed, energized, and excited to see everyone again.
3. Take a break from social media
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mother’s Day with your family, try putting the phone down. Be present. Don’t worry about what everyone else out there is doing, or whether they know what you’re doing. Focus on the real, tangible things in front of you. Savour your food, fully engage in conversations, laugh, make memories. Trust us - you won’t be sorry.
4. Tell your kids/partner what gift to get you
So we all know Mother’s Day is not about the gifts. But if they’re going to get you something anyway… why not make it easy for them?
It may be as simple as reminding your family which flowers are your favourite, or that actually flowers make you sneeze and you’d prefer not to have them in the house. Or, that a hand-drawn picture would mean 100 times more to you than expensive jewelry.
We know you have a little list of things you’ve been putting off buying for yourself, because there is always something or someone else more important. It may feel selfish or presumptuous to ask for a specific gift, but remember, if your family gets you a gift, it’s because they want to make you happy. And if you’re happy, they’re happy.
5. Buy yourself something
If all else fails, Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to reward yourself for the hard work you put in 24/7 for your family. Go out and get that thing you’ve been wanting! Everyone knows you deserve it.
Including Little Sketchy! So we got you something! Here’s a Mother’s Day gift voucher for $10, to spoil yourself with whatever you like* in our online store!
*Note: this gift voucher is only valid for you to buy something for yourself.**
** Just kidding, we have no way of policing that.