A Month of Self-Care for Mom
Mother’s Day is a significant day in May, but perhaps we should make May a significant month for mothers. If you’ve forgotten how to self-care, here are a few suggestions to jump start a month of mom care.
Spa Day Sundays
Pamper yourself at home with a long, hot soak in the tub. Add a bath bomb and imagine it’s a hot tub. Exfoliate your entire body, pumice your feet, shave and deep condition. I love trying out new products (I’m a spa slut,) and I can’t get enough of JayDancin’s Sea Salt Body Scrub, ($14).
Do you miss getting all gussied up for a girls night out? Me too. I think I hear my makeup bag crying because of neglect. Other than the basic necessities of lip gloss, mascara and drawing the eyebrows on (that’s right, I have no eyebrows – literally born with like 10 eyebrow hairs), I haven’t contoured, blended or blotted in what feels like a year. Bring some normalcy to your life by reminding yourself what you looked like pre-pandemic. Experiment by trying out a makeup tutorial online. Or try something new every day for a week, and see how many comments you get from your colleagues and friends online.
I have a clothes problem. Nieman Market Design did a great job with custom closets for our new home to organize my hoards of clothes. So brush off the cobwebs from those hangers and start wearing your clothes. Choose themes for a week and wear them to your online meetings. (Think bridesmaid dresses, blazers and suits, country girl and ‘80s inspired weeks. Challenge your friends or colleagues to do the same.)
Weekend High Tea
Pull out the best china, because the Queen (that’s you, by the way) is coming for tea. Explore new teas (one of my current favourites is Cinnamon Rooibos Chai Organic by David’s Tea $8.98).
A good free app like My Cocktail Bar will suggest drinks and garnish with the liquor and mixes you have available (pull out those bottles that have been pushed to the back of the liquor cabinet.)
The options for mom self-care are limitless. With a bit of creativity you can weave your old rituals in with your current routine to discover new balance, and maybe a bit of fun. Happy Mother’s Day!
Janet Smith is a proud single-mom of one daughter and a marketing professional who is grateful for her rural roots in the London area. She is a big believer in connecting with people through laughter and honesty.