I've been living and working as an Au Pair (live-in Nanny) in Melbourne for almost 2 months now and after spending the past couple months looking after three busy kids (ages 8, 5, and 3), there are a few simple, yet important, things that I've been reminded of and that I think can be applied to us whether we're 3 years old or 23 years old.
1. Sleep is essential.
An emotional day for the kids is inevitable after a late night or two and I feel like this can only be expected in our 20s as well. For me personally, the only time that I will get sick is when I'm lacking on sleep and it's amazing what a good night sleep can do for me when I'm feeling run down and overwhelmed. In our busy lives, getting our 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night can seem impossible, yet for the sake of our overall health, both body and mind, it is something that should definitely be a priority to keep us in top form both mentally and physically.
2. A hug can make everything better.
Whether you fell off your scooter or you can't find your teddy, a quick hug is always a good fix. The same can be said for when we get older. Although, our problems may seem bigger, never underestimate the power of a hug from a friend or a loved one during a stressful time. That being said, if you know someone who's going through a tough time, a quick hug may be exactly what they need- don't be afraid to reach out.
3. Get involved and be active.
I've said this time and time again but being involved and trying new things are so important. The kids are always beyond happy and so proud of themselves after their basketball games, acrobatics lessons, and ballet classes. I know that this source of happiness can be translated to us in our 20s and trying a new sport or class may be the best way to not only bring out the kid in all of us but to also help us keep a healthy work-life balance!
Lots of love,