Gifts from the heart made and delivered, songs of love sung from across a garden and trips around the world enjoyed virtually from the comfort of home.
In a world where social distancing and isolation is keeping many of us apart, Mother’s Day this year requires imagination to make sure messages of love and thanks shine through for those not lucky enough to be self-isolating with loved ones.
Now, more than ever, being someone for someone and sharing in traditions like Mother's Day can go a long way towards keeping a sense of normality and tackling loneliness, and despite lockdown laws and geography, a mix of love, digital flare and creativity can ensure your Mum still feels special.
CREATIVE WAYS WE CAN CONNECT
More accessible than ever before, technology available at the touch of our fingertips has made it easier to connect, and a champagne toast to mark the morning can be enjoyed through a video call and plenty of smiles.
With a spark for innovative ideas, Ela Duys from Ela Mazur Creative found a perfect way to celebrate with her mum through their mutual love of exercise.
“I’ve been doing virtual Pilates classes with Move Pilates Studio, and they were looking for people to connect families and mums for Mother’s Day,” Ela said.
“I’m a really big family person, so while it’s really hard to be away, we’re going to do a virtual Pilates class together.”
Originally from Perth and now based in Adelaide, feelings of loneliness and isolation have resonated with Ela, who was set for a visit from her mother before the borders closed.
A big part of her family tradition previously was marking Mother’s Day with her mother and mother in-law over a special breakfast, which she’ll miss terribly this year.
But through daily FaceTime calls and her planned Mother’s Day Pilates class, Ela said getting creative had helped to ease the strain of being cut-off from her Mum.
“We were going to drive over to Perth and see her, but when the borders closed it became impossible, so it really hammered home the fact we can’t be together in person,” Ela said.
“It was also Mum’s birthday two weeks ago, but we had a big Zoom call and had virtual drinks, and that helped as we got dressed up, so it was really good.
“When I told her we’d be doing a virtual Pilates class together, she was really excited. She’s a doctor and Pilates is something she recommends and we both love it.
“We’re also going to FaceTime and do a little brunch as well.”
Research carried out for the 2018 Australian Loneliness Report found 1 in 4 adults feel lonely at any time. Add in the unprecedented wave of loneliness caused through self-isolation and these numbers are climbing, making Mother’s Day a great way to check in with your Mum and remind her that she is not alone.
Although Pilates isn’t for everyone, there are still plenty of fun and exciting ways to celebrate the day. From sharing a virtual playlist of musical favourites, to street serenades or even a virtual dinner party, isolation-style celebrations for Mother’s Day can still shower your Mum with love from afar.
“People should not do nothing because we’re at home, and if you have the opportunity to see your mum, you shouldn’t take it for granted,” Ela said.
“If all you can do is make a call, you should as this time has put what’s really important into perspective for a lot of people.
“If we take the time to let our mums know we love and appreciate her, we should definitely make the effort to do that.”
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