Over the past month I’ve been getting a lot of PR pitches for products that I “absolutely MUST tell my reader’s about because oh-my-goodness either they or their mom’s will love this“.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I wouldn’t buy a single one of those things, so I rejected every single one of those pitches.
You know why?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Because in my opinion none of them addressed what I feel moms need the most:
Mom’s (like me) need time – we need time to take care of ourselves.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We spend a lot of time looking after the needs of everyone else in our family, and not enough time on the one person who matters the most.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ourselves.
Why is time a good gift?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Well the gift of time will allow us to improve our health, by allowing us to:
- Sleep-in – lack of sleep causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol (which I’ve written about before).Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Giving mom time to get some extra sleep will help her make better food choices, lower her stress and help her to be more fun to be around.
- De-stress – take a relaxing bath or read a book.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Stress, like lack of sleep, contributes to heart disease and poor food choices, so spending time doing things that alleviate stress will help keep mom healthy.
- Exercise – in mom’s busy day there often isn’t enough time to exercise.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Exercise helps to prevent heart disease and stroke (which is the #1 killer of women).
When I asked my twitter followers what they wanted most for Mother’s Day, many of them responded with things like:
- fitness gear
- race entries and
- time to train/run races.
And I totally have to agree with them – for Mother’s Day my family is giving me time… Time to go run the SportingLife 10k race. (I’m busting at the seams with excitement over doing this completely alone!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I cannot wait!)
So in my opinion, you can skip the fancy creams, gadgets, foot baths, etc… (yes – my hubby gave me aÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â foot bath 2 years ago) and give mom what she needs most: TIME.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â (Though I will admit that a bouquet of flowers to go with the free time would be a nice touch).
Happy Mother’s Day!
Question/Sharing: What do you want for Mother’s Day?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â What will you be giving your own mother for Mother’s Day?