We understand that Mother’s Day can be an emotionally challenging time for many of us. If you are spending today without a loved one, or you are feeling worried about the future, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have gathered some suggestions to help you cope with today so that you feel supported.
Give yourself the space and freedom to grieve
Allow yourself to go through any emotions you might be experiencing. Everyone experiences grief differently, and no one Mother’s Day will look the same. Choose how you want to spend the day without feeling obliged to do anything in particular.
Break away from tradition
If repeating past Mother’s Days is too painful for you, why not be creative and spend the day doing something different? Starting new traditions can be a helpful practice for acknowledging the start of a new chapter.
Take time for guilt-free self-care practices
Grief can be emotionally and physically exhausting, so taking time to look after yourself is essential. You could spend today doing an activity that you enjoy, getting outside and appreciating nature, or you may find that practices such as meditation and mindfulness are useful ways of caring for yourself. You can find out more about self-care here. Whatever you choose to do, be gentle with yourself without feeling guilty.
Reflect on the happy memories
Mother’s Day can be a day when you may want to reflect on the happy memories you shared with a loved one. Spend some time today looking at photographs, visiting somewhere that holds a special significance or reflecting on happier times with someone close to you. Sometimes, the anticipation of a significant day can be harder to process than the day itself – allow yourself to enjoy the joyful moment of remembrance.
Don’t be afraid to reach out
If you know you don’t want to be alone today, ask friends and family to spend time with you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. Alternatively, you can talk to a member of our Helpline Team by calling 0303 3000 118 or emailing email@example.com. We are available to offer confidential support should you need it.