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We think every day should be Mother’s Day <can we get a “hell yeah!”>, as most of us moms don’t get the appreciation we “should” on a daily basis. But more than that, we often don’t really appreciate ourselves. To celebrate amazing moms everywhere, here are 7 things every mom (and woman) can do to give yourself a little extra love.
Give yourself a gift. As women and moms our first instinct is to focus all our time and money on our kids. That’s awesome, we should give as much as we can. But always putting other people’s needs first, can lead to emotional and physical burnout. Consider taking a little of the time and money you’d spend on others this week, month or year and put that toward a gift for yourself. If that means a special latte on Saturday mornings <and an hour with your favorite book> tickets to a show, a weekend with your gals, or a b.minton box <hint, hint>, whatever your budget is, send a little love your own way.
Carve out time for yourself. Time for self-care can be a real game changer. If you can afford it, get your favorite kid sitter in once a week <and not just for date night> or have your partner take kid duty so you can get that restorative break. If you can’t schedule regular time to yourself, consider activities or times where your needs are primary. Can the kids eat their snack in front of the TV, listen to an age appropriate Podcast, or dance to their favorite music? What if you chose the Saturday afternoon activity? Not only does this give you something to do with the kids that is actually fun <alternative, playing legos all afternoon> for you, but it also helps teach kids that moms are human too.
Make a meal you like to eat. Have teenagers? Remember that they are fully capable of making a meal for themselves once in a while and that all meals don’t have to revolve around what they like to eat. Consider taking one night a week to make your favorite meal or just what you feel like eating. If they want to join in, great, maybe it’ll expand their palates! On top of that, make sure the kids are pitching in on clean up duty.
Pick the movie or TV show. Are you a family that has the television on in the evening (no judgement!)? Do you ever grit your teeth after hearing the 4th refrain of your kids favorite show? It’s often easy to be overshadowed by the viewing desires of your kids or partner. Start with picking the show once a week (or turning it off completely). You may find that your family is more interested in talking to each other than you realized. Or you might just be able to watch something you like once or twice a week.
Plan a vacation with your friends. Don’t just wait until Galentine’s to celebrate your gals! Getting together is a great way to recharge without juggling kid duty. (Of course, it’s ok to stay in the planning phase until y’all can get together safely.) While we’re still fully in this pandemic, consider saving for a longer or a little more extravagant vacation <think nicer hotel or adding a spa visit> and enjoying the planning time with your gals!
Get outside. Wow, if we made a record it would be, “let’s get outside, come on, let’s go outside.” While we do bring this up <A LOT> we do it because there are clear benefits of spending some of your self-care time outside. Whether it’s a stroll in the park, a book and a blanket, or an outdoor adventure, feeling the breeze in your hair, the sunshine on your face, and hearing the birds, is a go-to for emotional recharge.
A week of reflection. Start with one week where you write down your biggest needs. What is making you happy? What is making you unhappy? Refine the list over the week to get down to those 2-3 “big things.” Work on letting go of “the little things” and challenge yourself to clearly, kindly, and and objectively communicate the 2-3 biggies. Some of these may be directed toward a spouse, but maybe you just really need the kids to do the dishes once a week. Start with, “I feel” or “when this happens, it makes me feel,” rather than, “what you need to do is." Focusing on how you feel rather than what the other's are doing wrong, often results someone actually listening and recognizing how their actions are affecting you. Hopefully your family will see what’s important to you and support you, but just the act of communicating your feelings often goes a long way toward making you feel a little better.
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