Posted by: Bert Copple | May 10, 2013

Mothering Yourself

mother daughter dancingHappy Mother’s Day from Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County.

On Mother’s Day, we tend to reflect on the many intangible things a mother gives to her children: love, guidance, support. Sometimes unwanted advice.

These are things we all need from time to time (even the advice), but somehow they carry a little more weight if they’ve come from your mom.

But sometimes, it’s the little things that mothers say and do that are the most comforting. Things like:

  • Make sure to get enough sleep: Who else in our lives cares whether we’re getting enough sleep?!
  • Are you eating properly?: Her idea of a healthy diet might be a little retro for your tastes, but her concern is sustenance itself.
  • You need… (a hat a scarf, sunscreen, to buckle your seatbelt, to put on lipstick, to straighten your tie, to iron that shirt, it’s a mass of wrinkles!): It sounded like nagging, but when you ignored her, you probably regretted it.

When we’re young, the fortunate among us take it for granted that our mothers will always take care of us. Even if the roles get reversed over time, or we lose our mother’s daily presence in our lives, there are still days when we need her to help us, reassure  us and console us.

This Mother’s Day, we invite you to channel your mother and start taking care of yourself the way that she would.

When in doubt, ask yourself WWMTMTD? What would Mom tell me to do?

Of course she would tell you to take care of your physical needs like getting enough sleep and paying attention to nutrition. But we wager she’d also make sure you were taking care of your emotional health: taking a Time Out when a bad mood threatens to overwhelm you; rewarding yourself for doing something well… or just treating yourself because it’s Wednesday. When things are rough, she might tell you to stay positive, they will get better. And when things are going well, she could tell you to count your blessings.

Whether or not your mother is actually able to say these things to you, she wants you to hear them. So give her a Mother’s Day gift she will truly appreciate and keep listening to her advice. Mother really does know best.

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