This is a time to honour and appreciate the women around us who have been a mother figure in our lives. Whilst it is often associated with being a joyous occasion for many people, it can also be a difficult and emotionally challenging day for others. For those struggling with their mental health, Mother’s Day can also trigger feelings of sadness, grief and even anger.
This can be for a number of reasons.
For some, the experience of motherhood can be a source of joy and fulfilment, while for others, it can be a significant stressor. The demands of caring for a child, combined with other life stressors, can lead to mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, or postpartum depression.
Additionally, for those who have lost their mothers, or have a difficult relationship with theirs it can also serve as a difficult reminder. Through this, feelings of both sadness and grief are common.
This is why it is so important that we recognise that just like in all aspects of life, everyone’s experiences are different. It is okay to feel whatever emotions come up for you on this day, whether they are positive or negative.
More than anything, it is essential that you do what you can to prioritise your own mental health and self-care during this day. Whether that be taking time doing something that you enjoy, spending time with loved ones who understand what you are going through.
It is also important to know that there is support available to you too. Whilst our office may be closed over the weekend, we will be back tomorrow so please do reach out to us. Through doing this, we can support you and help to find ways to work through these emotions and feelings that you are experiencing.
If you know someone who is struggling with their mental health this Mother’s Day, it is important to be both understanding and supportive. If you can, maybe offer to listen to them, spend time with them or even encourage them to reach out for more professional support if needed. Like we mentioned earlier, everyone has had different experiences throughout life, and as such they will experience different emotions.
For everyone celebrating Mother’s Day, we hope you have a great day!