As busy moms, it can be a struggle to find time for self-care. We’re so busy wiping noses, washing hands, making lunches, and kissing boo boos that we struggle to even find a few minutes for ourselves.
Before you can fill your children’s cups, you must first fill your own. Think of the routine airplane safety message advising you to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. How can you expect to be fully present and helpful if your brain is running out of oxygen?
“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Are you ready to find some much needed “me time”? The best part about this list is that these activities don’t require a lot of extra time or money.
50 Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms
Personal Self-Care Ideas
- Take a shower.
- Shave your legs.
- Buy special soap from the grocery store and take a luxurious bath with it.
- Rub your feet with lotion at the end of the day.
- Paint your nails.
- Go to a salon just to get your hair washed.
- Try out a new makeup look.
- Put on a favorite outfit that you rarely get to wear.
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen
Active Self-Care Ideas
- Go for a walk.
- Find a fitness class on Youtube. (My favorites are the Fitness Marshall and Yoga with Adriene)
- Learn a new yoga pose.
- Drink more water.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou
Quiet Self-Care Ideas
- Read a book.
- Flip through a magazine.
- Follow a guided meditation.
- Think of three things you’re grateful for.
- Drink some tea or hot chocolate and take a moment to sit and think.
- Bird watch.
- Write down three things you love about yourself.
- Find an uplifting quote.
- Watch the sun set.
- Put on some relaxing music and take deep breaths. (I search “spa music” on YouTube.)
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
– Karl Lagerfeld
Social Self-Care Ideas
- Grab a coffee with friends.
- Ask friends for recommendations of new music.
- Call or text a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Play a board game.
- Write a thank you note (or e-mail or text).
- If you have a pet, spend time with them.
- When shopping, ask your sales associate how their day has been. You might be surprised how this little bit of time can bring joy to both of you.
- Eat by candlelight.
- Organize a potluck dinner with friends.
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”
– Deborah Day
Creative Self-Care Ideas
- Do something you loved as a kid. (Watching clouds, anyone?)
- Listen to your favorite song(s).
- Start a journal. Write whatever you’re thinking. Don’t censor; just write.
- Learn a new skill. (Search YouTube and Pinterest for tutorials).
- Do a creative art project, like finger painting. (Why should your kids have all the fun?)
- Turn on some music from your teenage years.
- Lay on the floor. It gives you a different perspective.
“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.”
– Dalai Lama
Silly Self-Care Ideas
- Watch a funny movie.
- Follow a funny mom. (Check out I Mom So Hard and Kristina Kuzmic)
- Hide $5 in your winter coat or summer shorts, depending on whichever you are NOT wearing currently.
- Doodle. Not because of the product, but because of the process. It’s fun.
- Search “funny mom” or “funny mom quotes” on Pinterest.
- Put your jammies in the dryer for a few minutes before putting them on.
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
– Christopher Germer
You are worth it!
You are worth it, mama! You will be a better mom, wife, friend and person when you take time to restore your spirit and body. Self-care doesn’t take long or take much money. Motherhood is a marathon, not a sprint. Take care of yourself so you can keep going for the long haul. You are worth it!
Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite thing to do for self-care?