It goes without saying, mothers are truly special. However, while aspiring to achieve our goals, we often tend to overlook our mother’s well-being and give her credit for all that we are. We mostly also fail to acknowledge her selfless sacrifices and dedication in nurturing us. She cried when we cried, and laughed when we laughed. This strength of her lovein our lives is unparalleled. So, this Mothers’s Day, let’s go beyond gifting her materialistic things that fade with time, and instead give her the gift of our presence and care for her physical and mental health.
Health Shots got in touch with senior clinical psychologist Dr Kamna Chhibber, to understand ways to take care of our mother’s overall well-being this Mother’s Day and beyond.
Tips to take care of mothers
All our mothers need is our love, attention and our presence during the highs and lows of life. Let’s use this special day to promise to take care of your mother’s well-being now and forever.
1. Be a patient listener
Just like our life goes through its share of trials and tribulations, our mother’s life is no different. During some hard phases of life, she needs someone who listens to her patiently and helps her give vent to her emotions. Be a patient listener, our expert suggests. When you give her your shoulder to lean on during those days, it can do wonders in making her feel better.
“Stay aware of the emotional experiences she goes through and lend your support when needed. Don’t reject or be dismissive of the experiences she shared,” shares the expert.
2. Make your time with her fun
Another great way to curate good memories and happy moments with your mother is by spending time with her and doing mutually enjoyable activities. Indulge in doing activities that bring joy to both of you. It could be something as simple as playing cards or taking a stroll around nature.
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3. Stay updated about her physical health
“Stay aware of her physical health-related needs and provide support to her in the best possible way,” shares the expert. As your mother ages, some illnesses are inevitable. However, you can show your care towards her by reminding her to take her medications timely, or you can take her to her scheduled doctor appointments, and take full responsibility for her health.
4. Help her maintain an active life
As you grow and move towards your goals in life, the quality time you spend with your mother lessens. When you are not around her for days, she can feel lonely and depressed. To motivate her to live a joyful and active life, you can encourage her to engage in social activities and meet people.
5. Assist your mother with daily chores
Being the only caretaker of the entire house, she can feel burdened with responsibilities. Whether, it’s cooking, cleaning, or running errands, lending a helping hand can significantly reduce her stress levels and provide her with more time for self-care and relaxation.
Following these tips to take good care of mothers will help you strengthen this very special bond!