There’s no question about it, parents are under an extraordinary amount of pressure right now. With stay-at-home orders and social distancing in full effect, moms and dads have more on their plates than we could have ever imagined a few months ago. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s that we CAN’T do it all. As we look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, we’re sharing five ways that moms (and dads!) can care for themselves as we stay home and stay safe.
1. Get Away
We hope that you’ve been able to find joy in the chaos, but, regardless of what your social distancing situation looks like, being at home 24/7 can be challenging. While actual vacations aren’t a possibility right now, carve out time to mentally get away. Whether that’s a glass of wine and a bath at the end of the day, or a long walk alone around your neighborhood, try to find a few minutes each day to mentally check out and recharge.
2. Indulge Responsibly
These days, indulgence could mean many different things, but this Mother’s Day, we’d like to encourage you to treat yo’ self responsibly. The economy is struggling, so if you have the means, perhaps you should snag that dress you had your eye on. Do you love sweets, but you’ve been trying not to succumb to the #corona15? Give yourself a break and enjoy a delicious dessert or two. Now is the time to focus on small ways to luxuriate.
While we’re trying to keep our circles so small, it’s causing a lot of parents to feel that everything is on their shoulders. Consider outsourcing where you can. The restaurant industry is in dire straits, so if you feel comfortable, order takeout from one of your favorite restaurants. Delivery personnel are working overtime in this season. Why not support them and order groceries instead of donning your mask to pick them up yourself? With a million and one things to do at home, let others help you in small ways whenever possible.
4. Choose Sanity
This is a phrase that a friend shared with me after I had my first child. It helps me remember that things can’t always be perfect, and occasionally, it’s healthier to choose sanity over what you feel may be ‘right’ in the moment. These unprecedented times mean we have to take unprecedented measures to maintain our family’s balance and our own sanity. Is your child demanding to watch the same movie for the 15th day in a row? Choose sanity this time and allow them to watch it. Are you exhausted, but there’s a giant pile of laundry waiting to be folded? Choose sanity and tackle it when you wake up the next day. This is a judgment free zone!
5. Give Yourself Grace
It’s worth considering that this tip should be number one instead of number five, because it’s by far the most important. Let’s face it. You’re under more pressure than you could have ever imagined handling, and sometimes, it just feels like too much. If there’s one thing you can do for yourself during this worldwide crisis, we urge you to give yourself grace and cut yourself some slack! No matter what you’re seeing on Instagram, no one is handling this situation perfectly and everyone is struggling one way or another. If you have a particularly hard moment, or a hard day, or a hard week, know that you can try again the next morning.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day! Comment below and tell us how you’re taking care of yourself.