Self-Care Challenge (Day 130): Saying Thank You

On day 130 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored saying ‘thank you’ as an act of self-care.

Mother’s Day is that special day when we get to officially recognize the influential women in our lives who have made us who we are today, but if you’re lucky enough to have had a fabulous role model like me, then celebrating Mother’s Day just once each year doesn’t quite seem like quite enough.

While I’m not a mother myself, I’ve developed a deep respect for the super women who do have that title, and I’m still amazed by their ability to give of themselves – not just to their children, but also to their extended families and communities.

But it also leaves me wondering how mothers have anything left to give when it seems all they do is give. After talking with many women over the years, I now realize it’s far from easy. Motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart, and some days there’s more of “Mom” to give than others. And that’s why self-care is such an important part of being a nurturing caregiver. To continue to give of ourselves, we must also nurture our “self.” If we don’t, we simply run out of steam.

How do you celebrate the special women in your life? When “thank you” doesn’t feel like enough, consider supporting them by encouraging them to make self-care a priority.

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