How to cope with a toxic mother this Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a special occasion to celebrate and honour the love and care of mothers around the world. However, for some individuals, it can be a challenging time, especially if they have a toxic mother.


Coping with a toxic mother on Mother's Day requires strength, self-care, and setting healthy boundaries. In this article, we will explore some strategies to help you navigate this difficult situation.

How to cope with a toxic mother

1. Acknowledge your emotions

Dealing with a toxic mother can evoke a range of emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness, or guilt. It is important to acknowledge and validate these emotions. Remember that it is natural to feel conflicted, and it does not make you a bad person. Give yourself permission to feel whatever emotions arise.

2. Practice self-care

Prioritise your well-being by practising self-care. Engage in activities that bring you joy and help you relax. This can include hobbies, exercise, spending time with loved ones, or simply taking time for yourself. Taking care of your physical and mental health is crucial when dealing with a toxic relationship.

3. Seek support

It can be helpful to confide in trusted friends, family members, or a therapist about your experiences with your toxic mother. Sharing your feelings and experiences with someone who understands can provide you with validation, guidance, and emotional support. Remember that you are not alone, and reaching out for help is a sign of strength.

4. Set boundaries

Establishing firm boundaries is essential when dealing with a toxic mother. Clearly communicate your limits and expectations in a calm and assertive manner. This may involve limiting contact, setting time boundaries, or avoiding certain topics of conversation. Remember that you have the right to protect your mental and emotional well-being.

5. Focus on your own happiness

Mother's Day can be a reminder of the pain caused by a toxic relationship. Instead of dwelling on negative emotions, try to shift your focus towards your own happiness. Celebrate the positive relationships in your life, whether it's with friends, partners, or other family members. Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

6. Practice forgiveness or acceptance

Forgiveness is a personal choice and may not be possible or necessary in all situations. However, practising forgiveness or acceptance can help you release any resentment or anger you may hold towards your toxic mother. Remember that forgiveness is not about condoning their behaviour but rather freeing yourself from the burden of negativity.

7. Seek professional help if needed

If the toxic relationship with your mother is causing significant distress or impacting your mental health, consider seeking professional help. A therapist can provide you with guidance, support, and strategies to cope with the challenges you face. They can also help you navigate complex emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

In conclusion, coping with a toxic mother on Mother's Day can be challenging, but it is possible. By acknowledging your emotions, practising self-care, setting boundaries, seeking support, focusing on your own happiness, and considering forgiveness or acceptance, you can navigate this difficult situation with strength and resilience. Remember that you deserve love, respect, and a healthy and positive environment.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Claire Edwards, @Claire Edwards Hypnotherapy | Empowering Mental Wellness
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Claire Edwards (GQHP) (CNHC)
Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Bristol, London and online.

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