This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ivory. The opinions and text are all mine.
Growing up in the south meant I was always exposed to some sort of old wives tale or on the receiving end of a catchy (yet wise) quip from my grandmother.
“A watched pot never boils.”
“Beware of wooden nickels.”
But perhaps the most important thing that she taught me, and that she still reiterates to this day, is how important it is to make sure that I am taking care of my skin. “Because baby, it’s the only skin you got.”
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Here a few tips my grandmother gave to make sure I am taking care of myself (physically and mentally) at all times:
- GET ENOUGH SLEEP – If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you need to do everything in your power to ensure you start. This whole notion of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is absolutely ridiculous. Lack of sleep contributes to a lot of issues, but most importantly overall it just isn’t good in the grand scheme of things. When I don’t get a full night sleep needless to say my patience is short and my attitude is bad. Because of this I actively try and make sure I get as much sleep as possible. Granted, I work between 6 p.m. and midnight, at the latest 1 a.m. And, I will often sleep until 6 a.m. My kids will sleep until 8 a.m., so I can often sleep in longer if I have nothing to work on, but I like to get up before them and get in a bit of yoga and enjoy a cup of coffee.
- HAVE “YOU” TIME – You need time to yourself! I don’t always have the opportunity to get out during the day like I used to, so I have to fit it in where I can. As previously mentioned, this is usually before the kids wake up. Another great way to relax is to have a mini spa day at home. My favorite way to relax is in a nice warm bath with Ivory, with my favorite candles lit. (More below)
- DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF – Social media has a way of making us feel inept or inadequate about our parenting. But, the last thing we need to do is compare ourselves to other. As someone who has been in the blogging and social media game for a while, a lot of times these things are staged simply for social media. When a photo is shared with a picture-perfect home and Pinterest-worthy cooking, it doesn’t mean they aren’t having a hard time. Remember, social media is such a small glimpse of people’s lives!
- LEARN TO LAUGH – Parenting is tough, but instead of dwelling on how hard it is, learn to laugh. Even in the moments of chaos, a good laugh can make you feel better.
- GET READY FOR THE DAY – While it’s all good to wear the standard mom uniform (yoga pants and a tee), every now and then you want to actually get dressed and do your hair and your makeup. It’s not about looking good for anyone but getting dressed can instantly make you feel better. A good shower and a fresh look are all you need!
- WAKE UP EARLY – Waking up early is one of the best things I do for my well-being. I absolutely need the additional time to myself before my kids get up. Being with them 24/7 literally is tough enough as it is, so I always make the extra effort to get in as much time to myself as possible.
- BE GRATEFUL – As with learning to laugh, it’s also important to be grateful for all the moments, both big and small, good and bad.
- GET OUT OF THE HOUSE – I am really bad at sitting in the house for days on end (sometimes weeks) without going anywhere. But it’s important for your sanity and your kids to make sure you get out of the house. Everyone needs a change of scenery. Even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood. You don’t have to drive somewhere, but it’s important to make sure you at least try to get out every few days.
- ENCOURAGE OTHER MOMS – Recognize you are not alone. If you have friends or family members who are young mothers connect with them and talk about what’s going on. Often times you will find you are not the only one going through the pits of motherhood. It’s become so taboo that often times we hold it in, so we can all pretend we have this picture-perfect Pinterest-type life, not realizing by not talking about it, we are doing ourselves and other mothers a disservice.
- LET IT GO – Don’t stress about being picture-perfect. If something is a mess and you don’t feel like doing anything, don’t stress getting it done. Whether it’s picking up the house, or finishing those emails for work, sometimes you just need to let it go. You don’t have to try and be super mom.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR SPOUSE – It’s important the two of you continue to take time out for one another. Even if you can’t have regular date nights, try and have one outing at least twice a month. The rest of the time you can always have in-home date nights with one another.
- LISTEN TO THEM LAUGH – Embrace this time when they are little. Children grow up so quickly and before you know it they will be off to college. Have fun, get messy and laugh a lot
What was the best advice your grandmother gave you? Comment below or follow me on social @natashavbrown and let’s swap advice!
This content is sponsored by Ivory. All opinions are my own.