Does your mom get irritated a lot easily and more often than you remember? Is she always stressed out or looking harassed? She needn’t even say it, if she looks gloomy and all around miserable, then she’s probably exhausted and deserves a day off.
It doesn’t matter if she’s a career woman with a busy schedule, or a stay-at-home mom who manages a busy “ship”; women, like men, tend to forget that their bodies need rest and time to regroup.
So what do you do if you notice your mother’s stressed out and miserable mode? How do you help out?
Keep reading for our experts’ advice and tips on taking care of the “most important” woman in your life.
Figure out what’s bothering her.
Often, stress can generate from a single root. Talk to her and try to feel out what’s troubling her; whether if it’s work or having too much work at home. It could even be both. Talking about it and telling her you understand, and that you’re even willing to work a little harder to help her out can actually help a lot more than you think.
A little TLC and special treatment.
Who says you need to wait for mother’s day or her birthday to make her feel special? You can do it anytime. In fact, a spontaneous hug (those long, squeeze-y one’s that make her squeal) or a head massage in Melbourne can feel wonderful after a long and eventful day.
Try having a relaxed conversation with her; telling her about what’s happening in your life and listening to what’s happening in hers can feel even better than a head massage sometimes.
Plan something out of the ordinary.
Most of the time, your extra attention should be able to help put a bounce back on her step; if not, time for plan B.
Plan something bigger, like asking her if she wants to go shopping or watch a movie together. Try to make it so that it’s a movie she wants to watch as well, not just what you’d like and she’d tolerate. Ask her which movies she’s been planning on watching to get an idea about what to rent or buy.
Say the words out loud.
If you’ve been doing extra chores and helping out more, if you’re planning and strategizing on how to relax your mom, it’s not rocket science figuring out that you obviously love, care and worry about your mom. Tell her this. Adding the words while you show her might be just the cure to her worries. Believe us when we say that the words “I love you Mom” can do wonders to a mother’s heart and soul.