Mothering requires labor—of the body, mind, and spirit. At its core, mothering is taking care of others. Even when done joyfully and willingly, caring for others requires time and energy. Care work is the most essential, valuable, and undervalued work there is.
That’s why this Mother’s Day, we lovingly encourage mothers to take care so you can give care. Plus, kids watch and learn from everything grown-ups do. So, show ‘em how it’s done! Plant some seeds of self-care, rest, and joy, unapologetically. What do we mean?
If you’re not breathing, well… we know what happens if we don’t breathe. What isn’t talked about as much is what happens when we don’t breathe with awareness and intention. Today is an excellent time to learn more about how to breathe to thrive rather than just to survive. There are so many ways, instructors, and resources. Here’s a sampling. Choose what works for you. 17 Breathing Videos That Will Help You Relax and Unwind | SELF
Did you know there are seven kinds of rest? The 7 types of rest that every person needs | (ted.com). Children aren’t the only ones who need naps. We’re just sayin’. Rest is essential for living; it is your right. Check out The Nap Ministry if you need a little encouragement. The Nap Ministry on Instagram: “Rest is a balm and a refuge. Lay down!”
MOVE YOUR BODY
Whatever works for you: walking, dancing, running, stretching, etc., you get the idea. Just do something that gets your body in meaningful motion every day, ideally for at least 30 minutes total.
Drink more water. That is all.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
This can be as simple as looking up at the clouds, focusing on the details of a magnificent tree, appreciating the vibrant colors of springtime flowers, turning your face toward the sun and feeling its warmth, listening to birds at the start of the day, or “catching” raindrops in your hand. As many a mother has said, “Go outside and play!”
WHATEVER YOU DO, PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU!
To all who mother, who do so much—seen and unseen—to help and support others, we honor, celebrate, and thank you! Plant your seeds of self-care and water them regularly. Not only is it good for you, everyone around you—especially children—will benefit, too. We at Safe Shores are cheering you on! Happy Mother’s Day!