Why You Need a Lazy Day this Mother’s Day

Why You Need a Lazy Day this Mother’s Day

Take time for yourself this Mother’s Day — it’s your day, and you deserve it!

By: Anthonia Akitunde

There’s only one way to explain how mothers are capable of being the world’s foremost multi-taskers: the minute your little one opens his or her eyes for the first time, something clicks inside of you. Let’s call it the “I-am-capable-of-doing-everything” gene, which, once activated, empowers moms to juggle the non-stop demands of motherhood and work and home life while appreciating the immeasurable joys of having children.

Realize Your Needs
Before you open up another browser tab, consider this: with numerous demands on your time and energy, are you really getting a chance to enjoy your time with your children, your family and yourself?

In the quest to get as much done as possible before bedtime, life can sometimes become filled with things you just have to get done instead of what it really is — a series of wonderful moments to experience.

Your own needs often take a back seat to the tasks at hand, and your family can become another to-do list item — one more thing to check off on your seemingly never-ending list of obligations.

Accept the Proposition of a Lazy Day
Multitasking moms of the world, we have a proposition for you; make time in your hectic schedules for a break, especially this Mother’s Day.


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The weather will be markedly better (see you never, polar vortex!), and heck, it’s an entire day devoted to you — take advantage of it!

Give yourself permission to push one or two of those items on your to-do list back to the next day in favour of treating yourself to a full day of doing absolutely anything you want to do. Do things that have nothing to do with the daily grind of work or motherhood. It could involve activities as simple as taking time for quiet reflection or as luxurious as spending an entire day being waited on at a spa.

Allow Rejuvenation
The concept of taking a lazy day may seem foreign — and perhaps downright crazy — when one considers all that has to be done on a given day (meaning, getting you and your family from Point A to Point B to Point C while maintaining some semblance of good grooming).

Know this, though: taking time off to rest and recharge is important for maintaining your sanity. While that “I-am-capable-of-doing-everything” gene may have kicked in the moment you became a mom, you don’t have to actually do it all in one sitting. Seriously.

Take a day off — we promise the world won’t end, and that you’ll feel rejuvenated and better able to meet the next day’s challenges.

And what better time than right now to create memories that will last you and your family a lifetime? Moms, take this as a friendly reminder; there’s nothing wrong with having a lazy day. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for you and your family.

Anthonia is the founder of Mater Mea, an online magazine that profiles the stories of working mothers of colour through gorgeous photography and compelling features.

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