The Mother's Day Gift We Feel Guilty Asking For
We all want it. We all need it. Many of us are desperate for it, but for so many reasons we feel guilty asking for it. It's the Mother's Day gift that every mom should get, but that most mom's will never ask for...time for ourselves.
Self-care is the newest health buzz word and it's one of the main pieces of the wellness puzzle missing from the daily routine of mom's. For some of us, we feel guilty asking for it or even desiring it. For others, it's not even on our radar screen.
I read an interesting article in the Washington Post, where the author compared parents to generals. She suggests that like high ranking military officials, parents are leaders of the household. As leaders, it's critical for us to take time for self-care because if our morale is down, if we're tired, frustrated, struggling through brain-fog, sick, or just run down - it effects the rest of the family. But instead of taking time for ourselves, our society has started to see lack of sleep, insanely busy schedules, and putting everyone else before ourselves as badges of honor in the world of motherhood. While our efforts and intentions are noble, they're misguided. When we put our needs last we do more harm than good for ourselves and those we are trying to love and serve.
So this mother's day, give the moms in your life the gift of self-care. Maybe a bag of epsom salts and scheduled time during the week for them to soak for 20 minutes. Plan a dinner out for mom and her friends or a coffee break mid-week. Take her to a yoga class, for a massage or a manicure or just give her a day to herself to do whatever she wants!
If you're stuck for ideas and want to pamper mom and help her start a daily self-care routine, check out this beautiful Mother's Day set of essential oils.
Red Mandarin is sweet, citrusy, and slightly floral. The aroma is uplifting and the oil helps clarify and tone the skin while also supporting the digestive system.
Add 2-3 drops to your favorite facial cleanser each morning or night
Diffuse first thing in the morning to start your day feel energized and uplifted
Add 2-3 drops to tea, juice or water to support a healthy digestive system
Sunny Citrus is minty, sweet and has a fresh citrus scent. It helps reduce stress and promote positive feelings while leaving you feeling energized and uplifted.
Diffuse throughout the day to promote positive feelings and enhance confidence
Wear on the wrists and over the heart as a perfume to experience and uplifted mood throughout the day and increase confidence and feelings of well-being
Diffuse first thing in the morning for an energizing start to the day
Kumquat has a citrusy, clean, fresh and sweet aroma. It helps support cardiovascular, immune, digestive, metabolic and nervous system health. The scent refreshes the mind and provides feelings of revitalized energy. Can be used as a surface cleanser as well as an internal, aromatic and topical cleanser.
Add 1 drop to your facial cleanser, shampoo or toothpaste for added cleansing properties
Combine in a diffuser with other citrus oils like lemon, lime, wild orange or bergamot to cleanse the air and create an uplifting and energizing citrus aroma
Add 1-2 drops to your favorite homemade surface cleanser like white vinegar and water or castille soap for added cleansing properties.