Every second Sunday in May, we set aside a special day to remember and honor our moms. It doesn’t need to be something major, but we should all make it a point to honor the woman who gave birth to us and raised us into the people we are today. It’s just a simple way to respect and honor all the sacrifices she made so that we can be happy and grow up to become better people.
We all know about Mother’s Day, but do we truly understand where it came from? Mother’s Day has been celebrated for centuries and probably the earliest instance can be traced back to ancient Greece and the honoring of Rhea, the mother of the gods. In the United States, its origins are traced back to before the Civil War. In the early 1900s, a church in West Virginia was the first to officially celebrate Mother’s Day and in 1914 Pres. Woodrow Wilson officially made the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day.
All it takes to choose the perfect gift for mom is knowing what activities or hobbies she might have. If mom is active, a gift that allows her to enjoy her activity can be perfect. There are many gift options to show our appreciation for our mothers, some include:
Yoga: If mom enjoys the core strengthening and meditation of yoga, but suffers from incontinence, give mom some yoga pants specifically designed to avoid this embarrassing issue. Maybe mom could use a new yoga mat for class or maybe a yoga block/wedge to enhance her exercise. For moms that like to exercise in the home, maybe a yoga DVD is the perfect gift.
Massage: Let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy the benefits of a massage? Mom can relieve the tension and stress of the day with an electric massager and ease sore and tired muscles. Using a variety of manual back massager or massage balls can help mom unwind from a stressful day. For your mother that enjoys a hands-on approach to massage, massage oil/cream can help enhance the benefits of a massage.
Foot Massage: Taking the idea of massage one step further, a foot massage can help mom unwind from her day. If your feet are happy, you are happy!! The use of a foot massager can allow your mother to sit and watch her favorite TV program while rubbing foot aches and pains away. Another great way to make mom’s feet feel better is with a foot spa or foot warmer. Both go a long way to making our feet feel happy.
Aromatherapy: Creating a stress free happy environment can usually be achieved through the sense of smell. Scent is a powerful way to relax. Different aromatherapy oils can achieve a relaxing and carefree environment. Simply diffuse a drop of oil on a light bulb or through an aromatherapy fan to spread your chosen scent throughout the room.
Bathing Suit: For our moms that are breast cancer survivors, the prospect of returning to the beach or pool after a mastectomy can be daunting. Many women are self-conscious about their bodies after surgery and a mastectomy bathing suit can help alleviate these fears. Mom can now go to the pool the beach with the family and continue to enjoy life.
Exercise: Even the simplest of exercises can help our mothers to live a long, healthy life. The use of exercise bands or exercise tubes can add simple resistance to easy exercises that can head off potential health issues down the road. These exercises can maintain and tone muscles, while even minimizing the effects of arthritis. To help mom exercise in the house, exercise balls of various sizes can help enhance any exercise. Mom can even use a pedal exerciser while watching her favorite soap opera!!
Juicer: We have all heard the benefits of eating our vegetables, so why not let mom enjoy them with a juicer for the home. Simply insert your vegetable and out comes a delicious drink full of nutrients. You can even choose a manual citrus juicer for fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice for breakfast. Maybe mom enjoys a wheatgrass smoothie, so instead of spending exorbitant amounts of money on a smoothie from the store she can use a wheatgrass juicer and make her own smoothies at home
Mobility Aids: Many times mom may need some help walking, but may not accept the fact that she needs it. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to get mom that cane, walker, or even a rollator that makes her steadier and safer. Many are adjustable or come with a seat so mom can take a rest. Some are even available with lights attached or can have lights mounted to illuminate dark walkways.
Mother’s Day is just a simple way of telling the woman who gave birth to us or our children and/or raised us that we appreciate everything she has sacrificed and done for us. Yes, a card and flowers can go a long way, but giving a gift that is based on something she enjoys shows that we care.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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