Do you have someone in your life that you know needs some extra encouragement this year?
Mother’s day is usually a day that most women are celebrated by their kids, family and friends. Unfortunately, some women don’t always receive the love and support that they really need. Some women are going through tough trials and situations, and they’re in need of more than just a “Happy Mother’s Day.”
Take a deeper look at the faces of the women around you and in your life. You’ll begin to see that they are facing way more than you think. Some have been going through hard times for a while and have conditioned themselves to put on a smile, keep moving, like nothing’s wrong.
Think about your neighbor, your cousin, friends that you haven’t talked to in a while. If you sit down and talk with them you’ll begin to see that behind their smile is a hidden layer of pain that they’ve been hiding from everyone.
Those are the women who could use a special gift this year.
If you are one of those women, my heart and prayers go out to you. I pray that you will find the peace and relief that you need right now.
And if you’re in a position to bring some joy to a mother who’s in desperate need of it this Mother’s Day, here’s some gift ideas that may just brighten their day…
20 Gifts to Get Moms Battling Depression this Mother’s Day
- Babysitting – Giving mom a break, especially if she’s a single mom, would bring MUCH NEEDED relief!
- Grocery gift card
- Spa day – You can get creative with music, candles, and facial masks, bringing the spa to your home.
- Encouraging words (a card with your own handwritten words would be best).
- A hug
- Shopping spree
- Jewelry – a classic.
- A chat over coffee (maybe via FaceTime).
- Dinner delivery from their favorite restaurant.
- Massage – A great stress reliever.
- Girls day – Get a group of friends together and plan time together to make her feel special, even if it’s through Zoom.
- Dinner and a movie (which can be done at home).
- Game night – Grab some board games, card games, X-box, PlayStation and have a tournament. Make her feel like a kid again!
- BBQ – Break out the grill for her, if it’s nice where you live!
- Sip and paint party (many of which are currently being offered online).
- Short day trip to the city (when pandemic restrictions are lifted). Take her to the biggest city nearby and explore.
- “Beach day” – Even if that means making your own yard into a summer oasis.
- Hiking trip – Take her to a great hiking spot and go on an adventure. Nature can be a great stress reliever!
- Biking trip – One more way to get out of the house (while socially distancing), get some exercise and spend time in nature.
Treatment of depression and mental health symptoms are unique to everyone. Talk with your provider about the option that’s best for you. And if you or someone you know battles with depression, know that you are not alone. There are treatment options, support communities and resources available for you or your loved one.
If you or someone you know are in an immediate crisis, get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit The International Association for Suicide Prevention to be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center nearby.