How to treat your mum like a queen this Mother’s Day while social distancing

Mother’s Day may feel different this year thanks to coronavirus regulations, but that doesn’t mean mothers should be missing out on being honoured. (Image source: InStyle)

By Rebecca Gaitaneris | @bec_gaitaneris

Although we should always be grateful for the maternal figures in our lives, Mother’s Day is a day where many of us really honour and show our appreciation for all mother figures.

Whether it is your mum, your grandma, an aunt, or someone else who is special, honouring that person may be a little bit different this year.

There is no doubt Mother’s Day 2020 will be unlike previous years – some of us are self-isolating and so won’t be able to visit our mums, others may be living in a different country to their mama, and some may find the day difficult if they have lost their mother. But no matter the circumstance, there are plenty of ways to enjoy or honour the day with loved ones.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Australia in 1924, following the tradition that originated in the United States and the United Kingdom. It is now celebrated annually, on the second Sunday of May.

Let’s face it, social distancing, a measure put in place amid COVID-19 to flatten the curve, has made celebrating special events with families and friends extremely difficult.

A global pandemic shouldn’t get in the way of celebrating and showing your appreciation for the efforts of all mothers and mother figures though.

Many people are finding innovative and creative ways to celebrate birthdays, weddings and other milestones. Mother’s Day is just another milestone that will need to be celebrated differently this year.

As current social distancing regulations are urging people to stay home, here are some ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day – pandemic style!

  1. Catch up virtually
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(Image source: Elite Daily)

In such uncertain times, we can always count on technology. If you don’t live with your mum, you can still be with them on the day – just do it virtually.

Zoom has risen to the top during COVID-19. Use it to invite friends and family this Mother’s Day and have lunch together virtually for up to 40 minutes (with the free plan).

For those who have lost their mums, perhaps reach out to the other people who also loved your mum – it may help to remember that you’re not the only one who misses her.

  1. Arrange gift deliveries
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(Image source: Gift Jaipur)

If you don’t live with your mum, organise a gift beforehand and have it delivered on the day. Many services allow you to send personalised cards, flowers or gifts.

There’s no reason mum should miss out on receiving gifts. Get creative and plan ahead. 

  1. Home ‘day spa’
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(Image source: Woman & Home)

Unfortunately, your actual trip to the spa will have to be cancelled until further notice, but your mum shouldn’t go without a day of pampering.

You may have to get creative and do a bit of DIY. Perhaps a face mask, manicure, or pedicure will suffice. Or if your mum isn’t there to get pampered with you, just pamper yourself.

  1. Start a new TV series
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(Image source: The Guardian)

Whether you do it virtually or in-person, what better time to start a new television series with your mum?

As I’m sure the last few months have been rather stressful for you and your mum, sit back, relax and enjoy some quality time.

Despite the fact that every day seems to blur into the next, we have quickly realised how important it is to check in on our loved ones during these unprecedented times.

No matter how big or small, the act of gifting allows people the opportunity to connect, and reminds the ones you love that you are thinking of them.

As the second Sunday of May is here, we all know, now more than ever, a day focused on celebrating the maternal figures in our life (whether they’re living or not) should not be overlooked.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, for those who are lucky enough to have their mother in their life, this Mother’s Day will hopefully be a great day, but it is also important to lookout for those who do not, as they may find the day hard.

(And to my mama: I’m so grateful to have you in my life. I’ll love you always and forever.)

If you or anyone you know may find Mother’s Day difficult this year, help is available. Get in touch with Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline 13 11 14 for immediate crisis support.

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