A Salute to Mothers: The Warrior Class of 2020

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/8/2020, 12:42 p.m.
The days are long, and often with no specific start or end times. No two days are the same, and ...
Dr. Jinneh Dyson/photo credit: The Lennz Bennett Photography

By Dr. Jinneh Dyson, Special to Houston Style

The days are long, and often with no specific start or end times.

No two days are the same, and while some make it look beautiful, it is typically messy for most of us.

From changing diapers to the neverending piles of laundry to managing parent-teacher conferences, pleading with picky eaters, stopping fights among siblings, googling answers to homework questions, wiping tears away at bedtime, and helping our little ones learn to dream bigger dreams. Being a mom is both one of the most precious gifts on this side of the earth and also one of the hardest jobs that many of us have ever done.

As we embark on Mother’s Day 2020, I can’t just celebrate this day as I have always done without first acknowledging the immense amount of anxiety and ambiguity that this holiday, especially this year, holds for many moms around the globe.

To essential workers who are courageously fighting on the frontlines. You are standing brave and tall for others while reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety.

We salute you.

To our amazing teachers who are working diligently to move our kids to online platforms, while simultaneously making sure your own child is completing their work and not just playing Roblox.

We salute you.

To our military moms who have been deployed to help support and offer more aid to our healthcare professionals leaving once again your kids and families behind.

We salute you.

To entrepreneurs, small business owners, and service providers who may be experiencing severe financial hardships in this season, while still pivoting and smiling to the world.

We salute you.

To mental health practitioners who are experiencing an abundance of new referrals, but who are secretly praying that their depression and anxiety remains intact.

We salute you.

And to the stay-at-home moms who have been rocking this space, but now feel a sense of overwhelm and uncertainty as playdates and field trips have temporarily come to an end.

We salute you.

And to mom’s everywhere who are parenting around the clock, with no breaks, no alone time (besides sitting in your car in the parking lot of Target), no date nights with your boo, or outings with your girls.

We salute you too.

Motherhood. Parenting. This Covid-19 season is not easy; it is down-right hard.

And a few weeks ago, I too felt overwhelmed and entirely burdened by this temporary “new normal.” But, here’s the thing, it’s okay to feel this and experience this, but we can’t stay there. So as your advocate and friend “in your head,” I want you to know that you are not alone and that you can and will get through this.

Here are a few daily mental habits that have helped me over the years and thousands of ThinkUP friends around the world to not stay down:

1. Practice Gratitude. It’s simple yet powerful. Research has shown that reflecting on things you are grateful for, in as little as 90 seconds, can shift your entire mood.