This Mother’s Day, do yourself a HUGE favor. Let go of expectations.
You may or you may not get breakfast in bed.
You may or you may not get a handmade card.
You may or you may not get 12 straight hours of well behaved children.
Ha! Let’s be honest, you will definitely not get that.
Here’s what I mean though, don’t rely on others to give you what you really need this Mother’s Day. Gift yourself, that’s right you to you, one or more of the following things. Most cost nothing, so no excuses on budgets or guilt. Just do it. And then see how you eff-ing amazing you feel at the end of the day.
Sleep. Tell your partner in advance of your sleep plans. Will this be sleeping in? A nap in the middle of the afternoon? Going to bed early? Communicate your plan and then go to sleep, guilt free.
A beauty service or product. Book your mani-pedi now or schedule your trip to Sephora into your Sunday. If that doesn’t gel with your Mother’s Day plans, order yourself a subscription to Ipsy bag or Birchbox. Glamming up in some way, shape or form always elevates my mood. Hopefully, it does the same for you too.
An hour of exercise with your favorite jams and maybe even a friend. Go ahead and make yourself an awesome 90s jams playlist and block out this time now. I love taking a hike with a friend, especially this time of year. If that’s not your thing, what about a spin or Zumba class? Or a solo dance sesh in the privacy of your own dance club bedroom?
A high calorie latte. Follow up your exercise with a treat you don’t usually give yourself. Then sit down alone (or with another adult) in that coffee shop and indulge in 10 minutes of caffeinated bliss. Sip away at your leisure. You’re going to drink a hot coffee without having to microwave it four times. Winning!
An extra-long shower. Indulge in that ‘spa’ time. Put on your favorite Pandora station and have your own private karaoke sesh. Shave your legs. Yes, even above the knee. Spring is here. Maybe it’s even bathing suit weather by you. Exfoliate. Do it all.
Non-multitasking time with your kids. Watch a movie together (and actually sit down and watch it). Play a boardgame (maybe multiple rounds). Really get into it without your mind or your body being elsewhere. Be a kid with your kids and stop adulting for an hour or two.
Does this all sound like a dream, yet slightly overwhelming for one day? You don’t need to give yourself all these gifts on the same day. Spread out the self-love over the whole weekend. Mother’s Day should be every day for all you do, so make it a two-day affair and get all these goodies in. You are going to feel So. Damn. Good.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you sleep deprived, fabulous, glamorous, fit, smart, amazing mamas out there. Now, go share this post with all the other awesome mamas you know. We could all use these reminders to make this weekend about US.