This Sunday, the UK celebrates Mothering Sunday.
We are all mothers in our own way. We like to “mother” or nurture others, whether it is family, friends, pets or plants. The problem is when we are giving, giving, giving without replenishing our own stores! Women, especially, seem so busy giving their energy to others that they neglect the very person that needs that energy most – themselves!!
You have no doubt heard the advice on a plane that when the oxygen masks come down, you first put on your own before helping others. The natural instinct to help a child first is little use if you are gasping for breath yourself. As selfish as it may seem to put yourself in number one position, it is in fact common sense.
Eleanor Brownn (with 2 ns) said it best: “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
Far too many women are running on empty!!!
Take time to replenish your vessel. Creating healthy habits such as drinking water, eating healthily and getting a good night’s sleep every day is a good start. So, too, is waving goodbye to the old habits which deplete us, such as relying too heavily on stimulants and thinking that we can get away without much sleep etc.
Carving a little me-time in the stress-fest of life helps to nurture ourselves too. Perhaps reading something inspiring, taking time on a hobby, or enjoying some quiet time on a solitary walk or in meditation can also be uplifting and recharging.
If you don’t take time to recharge your batteries, you run the risk of losing energy, your mojo and your joy in life. We also run the risk of putting far too many extra demands on our cells. Instead of using their precious resources to help you become the vibrant joyous creature you are meant to be, they are firefighting, using every spare drop of energy on combating the stress which you are creating for them. Eventually this can lead to ill health.
Whatever sort of mother you are, enjoy a Happy Nurturing Sunday, not just for others but for yourself too, and use this day to promise yourself some necessary daily self-nurturing.
In loving memory of my own dear Mum Joan who passed away recently (1924 – 2015)