If you are a busy mom, taking a little extra time for yourself can do wonders for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Here are 30 self care ideas to help you relax and rejuvenate, becoming your best self.
Every mom needs some time for herself. Here are some self care ideas to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Moms are so busy taking care of everyone else that they often forget to take care of themselves.
Self-care is so important for maintaining mental, emotional, and physical well being. Even during your busy schedule, try to take at least 10 minutes for yourself. A little time of alone time can be vital to your emotional health.
Why should a mom practice self care?
Self-care is important for all people, but it’s especially crucial for mothers. When you’re taking care of others, it’s easy to forget to take better care of yourself and your own needs, but it’s essential that you do. Here are a few reasons why:
Self-care allows you to recharge and restores your energy levels, making you a better mom. This is crucial, if you’re running on empty, you won’t have anything left to give your loved ones.
Self-care can help improve your mood and make you feel happier. When you’re feeling good, you’re more likely to be patient and loving with your whole family.
Self-care can help prevent mom burnout and prevent chronic stress.
Here are a few tips for making time for self care:
1. Make wish lists of the simple things you enjoy doing, and try to make time for at least one of them each week. Whether it’s reading, going for a walk, or taking a yoga class, make sure to schedule time into your calendar.
2. Ask your partner or friends and family to help out with childcare duties occasionally so you can have some time to yourself. They may not be able to do it every week, but even an hour or two here and there can make a big difference.
3. Set boundaries
A happy mom is the best mom!
Whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mom, here are some self-care ideas that can help you recharge and relax. Let go of the mom guilt and implement one or all of these tips into your daily routine, and you’ll feel better in no time!
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Deep breathing is a wonderful way to relax and de-stress. You can do it anytime, anywhere! There are so many different types of deep inhalation techniques that you might find yourself liking one better than the other depending on your needs at the moment.
Make it apart of your morning routine to practice self-love, try using positive affirmations. It’s a great way to get in the habit of being loving towards yourself! Choose 4 or 5 different phrases that you want for your life and repeat them every day with conviction until they become natural habits – then move onto another set.
Take a Bath
You deserve to enjoy a relaxing bath. Find time to soak in a bubble bath without worries or distractions. Put on some relaxing music that will help you forget about life’s stresses while enjoying this moment in peace-of-mind; even if it only lasts ten minutes each day.
Listen to Music
Listening to your favorite music is so much fun, and you can make it even better by adding some dance moves for your own at home dance party! Create an awesome new playlist for your favorite tunes.
Smell Your Favorite Scents
Sometimes, we need a little help from our friends to remember the good times. Why not get together with them and enjoy some of these happy smells? You could try diffusing lavender essential oil or wearing perfume for an uplifting experience that will make you feel relaxed all over again!
Enjoy a Face Mask
You deserve to pamper yourself! Grab a face mask and put it on tonight when the kids go off for their own bedtime.
Read a Book
There is something about getting lost in a good book that can take your mind off of everything. Reading helps you forget the worries and challenges, so it’s not just beneficial for relaxation but also as an escape from life’s pressures!
Take a Walk in Nature
A short walk in nature is one of the best things you can do for yourself. The fresh air and calming surroundings will help to clear your mind, while also giving a boost that helps make it more productive at work or school!
Have a Cup of Tea
Herbal teas have been shown time and again as being super healthy for you while also soothing your soul in more ways than one! So feel free to take some deep breaths before drinking it- the benefits will be worth every sip!
Talk to Someone
You have a lot on your plate, and it’s time to let go. Meet a trustworthy person like your best friend or a close friend and share with them anything from your problems, to theirs! You’ll be surprised how much better it feels when someone else has some of the burden on their shoulders for just one hour or so.
Writing in a journal is great for expressing your feelings and challenges. Grab that pen! Write ten minutes straight without stopping or editing anything you wrote down. It’s great for processing difficult topics, gaining insight into who you are as an individual and is one of the most important things for your mental health.
When you work out, not only will it help release endorphins but also tension in the body. You’ll feel so much better today even if you workout for just ten minutes!
Get a Mani or Pedi
Why not treat yourself to a mani/pedi? It will make you feel great and give your nails the attention they deserve. If all else fails, try painting them on your own for at home spa day!
You know that feeling when you put on your night cream after washing and seruming, only to realize how much more youthful it makes everyone around them? That’s exactly why tonight should be filled with self-care. Spend ten minutes doing what feels good for yourself!
Take a Nap
All moms need a break from day-to-day life, but they often don’t get one. Today take care of yourself by taking a power nap! Forget about your messy house and calm nerves while cuddling up in bed with some meditation techniques until you fall asleep.
Eat Your Favorite Foods
Eating can be an amazing experience. Find a food you have been craving and sit down to enjoy it thoroughly – whether that’s some candy, dessert or dinner!
Buy Something New
You deserve to buy something that makes you happy rather than just getting what’s necessary. If it is within your budget, go ahead and splurge on an item for yourself! Whether it’s a new outfit or a simple cup of coffee, don’t feel guilty about enjoying these things in life.
Paint with the Kids
Unleash your inner artist with painting as a form of art therapy. Grab some watercolors or finger paint and enjoy spending time with the kids, all while releasing any pent up emotions that you may be feeling!
Watch Your Favorite Show or Watch a Funny Movie
Catch up on your favorite TV show while the kids take a nap or when they go to sleep. Pop some popcorn and enjoy an episode guilt-free!
Get a Massage
When mom needs a break, she takes time out for herself. This includes getting a head massage or your hands and feet massages to make sure they are relaxing properly as well!
Sit and Do Nothing
Try it out today! For ten minutes, enjoy not doing anything. How do you feel? You can take time to do absolutely nothing and that’s good for your health too.
Drink Some Water
The best way to stay hydrated is by drinking plenty of water. Your body needs this beverage in order for everything from proper digestion and absorption, mental clarity-to name just a few! Drink up so you can have all the fun with your new glowing skin as well increased energy levels throughout each day.
Get Some Plants
There’s just something about having a plant that brings you peace. Spend time today in your garden and enjoy the calming atmosphere of nature, whether it be with plants or without!
Succulents are perfect for beginners because they don’t need much care–and their low maintenance makes them an excellent choice.
You have all those delicious recipes in your Pinterest folders, but you haven’t tried them yet? Find one that makes your mouth water and bake it! The process is worth the pride even if things don’t turn out perfectly.
Take a Hot Shower
Instead of your quick, 5 minute shower take an amazing long hot one. Get the steam going and feel like a whole new mom!
The best thing you can do today is find a craft and get creative. Make cards, wreaths or decorations for your house to brighten up the place! Or color in a coloring book. Creativity will open new possibilities in life when we need it most – so give yourself permission to take some time off!
Do Your Hair
Spend some quality time today with your hair. Whether you want to try out a new do or just spend more than necessary on styling tools, go for it! You are worth every second of effort put into looking good as well and feeling confident no matter who sees what you’re wearing.
Meditating is an amazing way to relax and center yourself. It’s also one of the best things you can do for your mind, body & soul! If it seems too hard or long try a guided meditation or use one of the many meditation apps available.
Self-care is crucial for moms, so make sure you find time to take care of yourself on a regular basis. For the next month try one new idea each day, it will make a huge difference in your everyday life.