Moms are the family superheroes. They have taught themselves to balance the duties of their children, housework, and sometimes working outside of the home on top of scheduling free time with their little ones.
Handling the daily mental load of household responsibilities, dealing with everything related to the kids, and trying to fit in self-care can be a high mountain to climb, making some moms feel sad, exhausted, and stressed through the daily hurdles.
Here are eight ways to cheer up your mom friend who’s feeling down.
1. Send a Surprise Gift
The Society of American Florists states that behavioral research conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that having flowers in the environment can boost a person’s mood and make them feel happier.
So why not send her a surprise flower bouquet? The FruitFlowers® Edible Arrangements® offers include a beautiful flower bouquet in gorgeous bold colors that will brighten her day, plus a box of decadent chocolate-covered strawberries or assorted chocolate-covered fruits she’ll savor.
The gesture will go a long way to cheer up your friend.
2. Take Her Out For Coffee
Sometimes moms just need a little fresh air and a few moments away from their maternal responsibilities.
As Chilli Heeler said in season three of the famous Disney cartoon, “Bluey,” “Sometimes Mums just need 20 minutes.” Bluey moms, you get the reference!
Ask her where she loves to go for a relaxing cup of coffee (or tea or an iced drink if she does not drink java).
Pick her up and be her chauffeur when you take her out to her favorite cafe.
Coffee has been shown to elevate the mood. One cup of java equates to about 75 mg of caffeine.
Studies show that one cup of coffee every four hours improves one’s mood proficiently.
However, two to three cups per day should do the trick, so the caffeine does not make her more anxious.
3. Take the Kids So She Has Time to Herself
Come over and babysit the kids while she has a relaxing bath or takes a couple of hours to do her favorite hobby.
Heck, if she wants to go to a concert with her friends or to her favorite store to go shopping, she can do that, too!
Of course, little ones need a lot of attention and ask many questions throughout the day, so it can be hard for a mom to get the self-care she needs, especially if she is a stay-at-home mom.
According to Pew Research, about 20% of American parents stay home with their children 24/7.
Depending on the child's age or children, it can become debilitating to meet all the little one’s demands while handling responsibilities and leisurely activities.
4. Lend a Listening Ear
Sometimes moms just need someone to listen to them and understand where they are coming from.
Talking about what is on one’s mind helps to organize their thoughts. When Mom has so much going on in her head with many worries in tow and no one to talk to about it, she may experience a breakdown from the pressure.
Call her when you know she is feeling down, and give her some words of encouragement as she discusses her problems with you.
Even on the days she is well, send her a text to check in with her. Someone who thinks about her and connects with her just to see how she’s doing can be the highlight of her day.
5. Send Her a Thinking of You Card With a Gift Card
Send your mom friend a ‘thinking of you’ card with a $10 to $20 gift card to her favorite cafe or department store.
You can send it to her in the mail as an extra surprise or hand it to her in person before you are about to part ways from one another.
Your mom friend will deeply appreciate this spontaneous act of kindness and may even cry happy tears from your thoughtful gift.
6. Cook One of Her Favorite Meals
In a telephone or in-person conversation one day, ask your friend about her favorite meal (if you don’t know it already).
Ask her details about how she makes it. Bonus points if you can grab the recipe from her.
However, if she doesn’t have a recipe written down, ask her what food brands she uses to make the dish and make a note of it.
Find a recipe online or in a cookbook to try to cook her favorite meal to her liking.
Ask your friend to stop by the day that you make the dish so you can surprise her with a fully prepared meal—and her favorite, at that!
Any meal that doesn’t require her to wash tons of dishes is a win in her book.
7. Give Her a Gift Basket Filled With Her Favorite Items
Maybe your mom's friend is an artisan candle collector. Note which candle brands are displayed throughout her home so you can grab her favorites.
If she’s a virtual gamer, stock her up on her gaming needs. Purchase a PlayStation gift card for in-game purchases, a new controller, a disc game, and a new headset.
Gift baskets are so versatile because you can make them fit the gift recipient’s personality.
Get to know your mom friend, and the perfect gift basket idea will jump out at you at the right time.
8. Take Her to Yoga With You
Yoga connects with one’s body, mind, and soul. As you engage in the slow and careful poses, you exercise core muscles in your abdomen and legs while relieving stress.
Start by taking her to a more relaxed yoga class before considering a power yoga session, which usually has more fast-paced movements.
Match her energy so she gets the most out of the yoga experience.
As they say, moms have to stick together. Be supportive of your mom friend and help her through her rough patch; she will gladly reciprocate for you if you are in the same position one day.