Give Yourself A Gift This Mother's Day
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top
Mother’s Day was once about worshipping mothers as a community or tribe. A day for celebrating the incredible value of mothers. Now, for many families, it’s a day to give Mum flowers, presents and brunch... it's become a Hallmark holiday.
I’m not sure about you, but when my kids were little, Mother’s Day was generally me ‘Woohoooing’ over burnt French toast or cold tea, and then playing the Mother’s Day card to get the kids to stop fighting.
But now my kids are older and I'm a little wiser, Mother’s Day means something very different. To me, Mother’s Day is now about influence – about the power of women to improve lives and transform communities. Because when mums change their lives or adopt healthy habits, it creates a ripple effect, starting with those closest to them – kids, parents, partners, friends and workmates. And to me, that's what being a mother is all about.
When you prioritise your wellbeing and get healthier and happier, everyone around you gets a lift.
The surprising thing is that improving your health and wellbeing is simple when you know how. Firstly, you need to take responsibility for it. You need to realise you have the power to feel fantastic most of the time and make it a priority.
And then you need to make some changes. Not big changes, or hard ones. They can be small, but they need to be consistent. It’s the daily doings that matter most.
Here’s what you need to do:
Prioritise your health.
Your health and wellbeing is the most important thing for all those you love, so put it first. You need to ditch the ‘parent-guilt’ – nobody benefits from that – and remember that if you are fulfilled and feeling fab, you’ll be setting a great example to your kids, partner and community.
Integrate movement into your day
Don’t make movement hard or arduous. Find fun physical activity and weave it into every day. Walk while you talk and take phone calls or listen to music or podcasts. Park further away from the shops. Bike ride to work. Stretch at your desk. Take the stairs. Do yoga in front of the TV. Take a stroll after dinner.
Make movement fun and easy – that’s key. If you hate running but love yoga – forget the jog! If you hate the gym, go outside. You need to enjoy it or you won’t keep it up. Find something you love and integrate it, and it will eventually become a habit.
Build a wellbeing web
Seek out a healthy community – spend time with people who encourage you to move more, eat better and get outside. If your friends aren’t into health, connect with new people who are. Suggest a walk and talk before coffee or brunch. Take your family on active holidays. Invite someone to join you for a workout. Help others get moving and they will help you.
So instead of asking for another candle or breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, ask for something even better. A sunrise swim with the kids. A morning hike with your girlfriends. A family yoga class. A sunset picnic. Ask for something that allows you to be the happiest version of you - because that's the kind of Mother's Day gift that keeps on giving.
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