So we have finally rolled into Friday and we start heading into the weekend. About time. But this weekend is a little different than usual. This Sunday May 8th is Mother’s Day. In my younger years I was always curious as to why holidays like this existed; I mean, if there was a Mother’s Day, why wasn’t there a children’s day? I have since found the answer to that, as pretty much every other day of the year is children’s day! Our Mum’s have done a lot for us and taking a day out each year to remind mum of how special she is shouldn’t be too hard.
As it turns out, celebrating Mother’s Day can actually be traced all the way back to 250BC! The ‘Mother of Mother’s Day’ Anna Jarvis wanted Mother’s Day to be a day to honour all Mothers past and present, and pay tribute to all of their hard work and contributions.
The older I get and more responsibility I have to take on in life, the more I realise just how much my Mum has done for me. Whether it be the amount of tolerance it must have taken to put up with me through my teenage years, or just how much she has sacrificed to give me the life I have, I am very thankful of everything my Mum has done.
It is quite easy to get caught up in our own lives and feel like having to do something for Mother’s Day is simply ‘inconvenient,’ and be completely unaware of the fact that Mother’s Day might be a really difficult day for some. Whilst it may seem like a big effort to take some time out of your day to see your Mum, there are a lot of people who may have lost their mothers, or had a disconnect with their family, and the reminder of this day becomes a little bit challenging. Mother’s Day might be a day that leaves you feeling lonely, or you might be a new mum and finding it hard to adjust to your new life.
However, if Sunday comes around and you do find yourself struggling, remember that it’s ok to be upset, and that you don’t have to deal with it alone. Reach out to a friend, crash in on someone else’s activities or simply give yourself some much needed time out. Go for a walk outside in this beautiful autumn weather to lap up some vitamin D and give yourself a break from the hustle of the daily grind.
Nowadays when everyone lives such a fast-paced lifestyle, it is imperative to take some time out and focus on the more important things in life, whether that be your family, your friendships or time with yourself. Even if you are time poor, there are plenty of ways you can reconnect this Mother’s Day. If it’s been a while since you have spoken to your Mum, I am sure that even a phone call would go appreciated. Fortunately, with mums, its always the thought that counts. This can be evidenced by years of getting mum painted pasta stuck on wood for Mother’s Day, which regardless of how ugly it was, would always get hung up around the house somewhere. If you have a bit more time, there are plenty of things to do! Go to a yoga class together, out to a nice brunch, or try a fun new activity like stand up paddleboarding before it gets too cold! You might be surprised by how much your Mum will appreciate it.
So, if you reading this article and all of a sudden alarm bells are going off because you have not yet found a gift for your mother? No stress! Head to The Upside for beautiful gifts for some beautiful activewear for your hard working mum! If you’d like to let her make to choice for herself, why not buy her a gift voucher? You can print it out now and slip it into her card.