I always thought I am a strong woman, a daughter of strong mom after all. I saw her being strong in every situation. She literally went through the thin and the thick. And there were several days when I saw her crying alone. Sometimes with physical pain and sometimes with emotional ones. As I started maturing, I started knowing her. I felt she was not strong enough, she was extremely weak. Because she kept compromising on all her wishes.
She told me that she wanted to work after marriage, but she was not allowed to. She did not fight for it, just compromised. She wanted to have only one child, let it be of any gender. But after delivering a girl child she was pressurized to have a boy child soon. She kept compromising for this and that. Sometimes for her kids and sometimes for other people in that huge joint family. She was being weak physically too.
Living in a joint family and being the youngest daughter in law, she had to bear it all. Getting up early, doing the household chores, no maid to help, looking after three kids and twenty grown-ups, taking care of everyone’s needs, handling their temperaments and egos, etc etc. And she was managing it all. God! was she managing with all these because she was weak? No, she was strong enough to handle many things but for that, she ignored herself, her happiness, her sorrows, her health, and every other thing she forgot just for the sake of her family and kids. Once she said to me, “at least you don’t compromise my child”. And yes since then I decided to not her let compromise on anything. I could not bring back her past but could ensure to make her present and future a better one. I made sure she is having her vitamins, her own space, and very importantly she does not have to compromise on her self-respect. And ensured that she will love herself and see her daughter loving her own self too.
After several years now, when I have become a mother; I keep forgetting the promises I made to her. Yes at times I keep compromising as she did. But on this Mother’s day, I remind myself to love the self. To raise a child into a strong woman altogether, and to explore the inner me for sure.
Being a mama is not at all a compromise of life, it is the start of a new life altogether. A new person starts being your priority, you forget everything for that tiny entrant in your life. And you forget to take care of yourself. Happy mamas make happy kids. Then why ignore yourself? It is all necessary to be who you are. Maybe you are forced to leave your career or you have taken the decision on your own, you still have the right to do what you want to do.
Ignoring yourself will not help to raise a happy and healthy child. So promise yourself to do what you love the most. Take your health supplement as you may still breastfeed the baby. It is essential to follow an ideal diet to be a healthy you. Take a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Go for a jog or walk. Have your very own “me time” rather than devoting to each one in your family. Keep the romance happening between you and your soulmate without hesitation. We are so busy in showering all the love on the little one and performing other chores that we forget ourselves. Go for vacations, take day breaks from all the regular duties, because you deserve it.
Yes, you deserve all of these things. #mamaloveyourself
I got introduced to this amazing range of Mamaearth products for mamas. I had already started using all their baby products after an excellent experience of the baby range like shampoo, body lotion, body wash, and the most amazing soothing baby massage oil.
And when I got to know that they are launching a new range for all the mamas out there, I was super happy to try them at the earliest.
And I received my treasure very soon. A pack of products wrapped with love and containing no harmful chemicals at all. Yes, they are Paraben-free, Phthalates free, SLS free, and mineral oil-free. I had already used their earlier range for my tiny baby and using them for myself was obviously risk-free as they are certified safe products.
It went like this.
Day one – While taking bath I used the Mamaearth calming body wash made with aloe vera, allantoin, and vitamin E. It cleansed gently and nourished the skin. It was extremely soothing since day one of its usages.
I washed my hair with my regular shampoo and used conditioner. After towel drying my hair and body, I applied the Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask on my hair. It is made with Argan and Avocado oil, milk protein, and curd extracts. It is the mask that can be used as live-in conditioner of a rinse-off one. I decided to keep it as a live-in one for the next few hours.
I was hesitated to apply the body lotion due to the humid weather of Mumbai. I reside nearby the seashore and that gives really sticky skin in summers. But I applied a little bit of Mamaearth nourishing body lotion made with shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil, and to a surprise, it was grease-free. Did not leave my skin sticky at all. Else using the body lotions in summers is a big no in Mumbai but this came as an excellent nourishing lotion as your skin needs moisturization in summers too.
After four hours I washed my hair with plain water.
End of the day I found my hair had become lustrous and had sorted my major hair problem of severely tangled hair. I could run my fingers easily through my hair. Yes, they were tangle free and well-nourished.
I followed the regime for the next week (having a hair wash every alternate day).
After a week of using these products, I feel good to have this range and eager to explore other products as soon as possible. I have started using the body wash and body lotion for my night time bath also as it really calms down the tired body and helps me to get a good night’s sleep. My baby is a late sleeper so having a sound sleep is a must for me. And applying the body lotion after taking a bath nourishes my skin overnight and gives a fresh texture the next morning.
Argan hair mask is my most favorite one as it is reducing all my worries about my hair after using it four times. First of all, it soothes the itchy scalp that I had due to humidity in the weather. It detangles my super dry hair easily. And yes, the hair fall has reduced to 50% just after four washes. And I am sure it will bring back that hair volume I used to have before becoming Mama. Post-pregnancy hair fall is extremely painful as I could see hair-hair everywhere, on the floor, in the bath, on the bed, and where not? I have a lot of hopes from the hair mask after four successful usages.
So all the mamas out there, stop compromising, start living. Love yourself, because you deserve it.
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