Another year has gone by and another Mother’s Day has arrived.
This year, it's a bit different as we have been hit by the pandemic and although this is the first Mother’s Day in lockdown, last year's still feels like a blur!
With the world in confusion, we were all trying to brace ourselves for what was to come.
There was fear, uncertainty, anxiety, stress… Not knowing what to do, the fear of losing your own life or the lives of your loved ones, not being able to see your loved ones. So many different emotions were flying around.
But when we look at where we are now, although we have had good moments, not a lot has changed. We are still in a pandemic, and ultimately, still in lockdown! There will be restrictions on our celebrations again but how can we cope with them this time?
Here are my 5 tips to survive Mother’s Day in Lockdown
Remember that it is lockdown, which will lift soon, and you will be able to meet your mother soon. We can be thankful that at least we are alive. There will be plenty of time to celebrate it later. You can mark a day by contacting them, go for a distanced walk (if you're nearby) or call your mother on a voice/video call. Maybe even arrange a family meet up online!
If your mother is not around anymore, think of all the good memories you had with her. And if you have children of your own, enjoy precious time with them. Grief is part of life so express and work through your emotions.
You can write a letter to your mother and tie it to a balloon to release into the sky.
You can release balloons in the sky, sit quietly, spend some time with the thoughts of your mother and maybe let her know what you would like her to know.
If your mother is alive but you don't have a relationship with her, then perhaps think about potentially reconnecting with her?
3) Make plans!
You can make plans for when you will be able to see her, what you will do and where you will go. This pandemic has really made us think how precious the time is. Once gone, the time never comes back. So, what could you do now to make more memories to cherish later on?
4) Remember, this will be over!
It’s just a matter of time. This will be over soon, the lockdown, the pandemic. Though we will be still living with the impact. We can learn from this and learn to live life to the fullest and make more time to connect, create memories and be happier. Let’s learn to make the most of what we have now!
5) Send Gifts
If you want to, you can send a letter of memories together, some gifts, like flowers, a hamper or maybe even something personalised, just to make her day special.
Although life may throw situations at us that we don't expect, we have it in ourselves to be able to manage, accept and make the most of it!
Happy Mother’s Day!