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Don’t feel guilty for indulging in self-care.
In order for your kids to be happy, you have to be happy yourself.
Parenting can be stressful and sometimes we need time away for ourselves to do something that we want to do to reset our stress meters AND theirs nothing wrong with that.
Not sure how to start adding self-care into your routine?
I’ve got 50 self-care ideas for moms to help you get started.
Have a Spa Day or Night at Home
Going to the spa can be expensive.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper yourself at home. By making a small investment you can get all of the items you need to plan a relaxing spa day (or night) at home.
This is something that you can do with a few girlfriends or you can enjoy it alone.
Play Video Games
Video games are one of my personal favorite ways to get in some self-care. I’m more of a driving game type of girl and a small investment in a new game is more than worth it since it’ll take me a few months to beat it.
The most recent game that I’ve started playing is “Need For Speed Heat”.
The reason I recommend playing video games for self-care is that it’s something that can be done for an hour or so once the kids are in bed and it’s a great way to unwind and relax.
Go to The Nail Salon
Getting a manicure or pedicure is a great way to get an hour or so to yourself and feel pretty.
I look forward to my nail salon visits…it’s just something about fresh polish and an eyebrow wax that instantly improves my mood.
Personally, I’m not into doing acrylic nails anymore, but I do find that getting a gel manicure and pedicure can last at least 2 weeks, which makes me not fill to guilty about the money I spend on this nonessential treat.
Purchase Something For You
Shopping can be very therapeutic, especially when shopping for yourself.
However, as moms, it’s common for us to feel guilty about purchasing things for ourselves without getting the kids anything.
Recently, I got the AirCandy Mongolian White Faux Chair, to use as my gaming chair when playing those video games that I mentioned earlier. I also got some new leggings and didn’t feel guilty about either of these items.
If shopping is the thing that you like to do for self-care I’m here to tell you it’s okay.
Working out can become somewhat of an addiction once you get into a consistent routine.
However, getting started with a fitness routine is the hard part. It’s easy to find excuses not to do it or do other things to avoid it.
If working out more has been a goal of yours, make it part of your self-care. You’ll feel great after working out AND you’ll reap multiple health benefits.
The best part is you don’t have to go to the gym or spend a lot of money creating a home gym so you’re able to work out at home.
Get a New Outfit
If you’re like me, your kid’s closets are running over and you have clothing items in yours that you’ve had for years.
While there’s nothing wrong with this (of course) purchasing a new outfit can improve your mood even if you don’t know where you’ll wear it to yet.
See Also: Leggings That Aren’t See-Through
Take a Nap
Did you not cherish sleep during your younger years?
Taking a nap may seem so basic, but once you become a parent and you’re running off of limited sleep each day being able to sleep for 4-5 hours uninterrupted sounds like a dream.
In my opinion, taking a nap is the ultimate form of self-care (or gift that anyone can give me for that matter lol).
Watch TV or a Movie
Have you fallen behind on your favorite shows or is there a movie that you’ve been wanting to see, but can’t seem to find the time?
When you take time out for you, spend a few hours watching TV or a movie.
Do Nothing For a Day
Who says self-care can only be for a few hours?
Make a whole day out of doing nothing. Don’t feel bad about using sick days at work or vacation time just to have a day for yourself.
These days we tend to have the mentality that we have to be workaholics all of the time when the generations before us fought so we could have vacation time and sick days…use them.
Have Your Groceries Delivered
Do you hate going to the grocery store?
Thanks to advancements in the grocery industry, now you don’t have to.
Simply order your groceries online, find a coupon code for free delivery, and wait for your groceries to arrive.
Plus, with all of the time you’re saving from not commuting to the grocery store and standing in the checkout line, you can spend time doing something else that you enjoy.
Never ordered groceries online before?
I suggest that you try Walmart Grocery Delivery.
I’ve been using their services for a few years now and can’t recommend them enough. They always offer discount codes to first time users, don’t mess up your order, and their customer service is amazing.
Have a Cocktail
Self-care can be as simple as having a cocktail (or glass of wine).
The next time you feel like you need to unwind, try making a new cocktail recipe at home. Pinterest has a ton of ideas to help you get your creativity going.
Go on a Date
Working, parenting, and doing chores day in and day out can put a strain on your relationship.
Try to fit in one date night per month with your partner, or if you’re single, one date night per month with yourself.
I know being a parent makes going on dates a little tricky. So, instead of a date night, you can have a day date, which can take place while the kids are in school so you can avoid having to pay money to a sitter.
See Also: Date Ideas In Virginia Beach
Get Your Hair Done
There’s nothing wrong with doing your own hair. However, it’s great when you’re able to have someone else do it so you don’t have to worry about fussing with it.
For me, since I’ve been on my natural hair journey for a while, it’s great to even just have someone else do a hot oil treatment and flat iron on occasion.
Eat Without Feeling Guilty
If you’re on a weight loss journey it can feel like you have to deny yourself certain foods (I’ve been there).
You don’t though. It’s okay to enjoy some of your favorite foods on occasion without feeling guilty.
For me, my personal favorite guilty free self-care meal is steak and baked potatoes. And if I really want to be bad I’ll add in some apple pie for dessert.
Unplug From Technology
One of the best gifts anyone can give themselves is unplugging from technology.
However, as someone who works full time online, I understand what a challenge this can be.
Even if you just unplug on Sundays or each night once the workday is over, you’ll be able to reap positive benefits.
Get a Massage
Massages are one of the ultimate forms of relaxation and they come with health benefits too.
You can go to a massage parlor or if money’s tight you can go to a massage school and be a test subject for students taking their clinical OR you can have your partner give you a massage.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors provide so many benefits outside of alignment.
I started seeing a chiropractor a few years ago, for lower back pain, and I was surprised at all of the health benefits…especially that he’s also able to relieve migraines.
This is a 1-2 month self-care visit that I always look forward to as I leave out feeling like a new person.
Coloring isn’t just for kids.
With so many adult coloring book options available, there is one that is a match for you.
Coloring is therapeutic, it’s a great way to unload your mind, and it allows you to express your creative side.
Work on Your Passion Project
Do you like to sew, write, build, etc?
Set a schedule for spending time working on your passion project. When you’re doing something that you love, the time will pass by, you won’t be stressed, and who knows you may even be able to generate some income from it.
Spend Time Alone
If you have young kids, there’s a good chance your house is never quiet.
Wait, who I am kidding, my oldest is 10 and he’s the loudest in the house…if you have kids, you could probably use some peace and quiet from time to time lol.
Self-care can be as simple as enjoying spending time alone sitting in a dark room in absolute silence.
Whether it’s journaling, making a goal list, or a bucket list…do some writing.
Writing is another therapeutic way to relax AND this is coming from someone who writes for a living and gets stressed out by it a lot.
When you’re writing about something that you’re interested in the time just flys by and it’s amazing to see how you’re able to string along different words to make a masterpiece.
Yoga isn’t the easiest thing to do.
However, it’s a great form of self-care.
It comes with some great health benefits, helps you clear your mind, and helps with balance and posture.
Plus, there are so many free online videos that can help you get started from home so you don’t have to spend money paying for a yoga class if you don’t want to.
Take a Group Fitness Class
Group fitness classes are about more than working out.
As a mom, you may not get much adult interaction (I’m talking to you fellow SAHMs and WAHMs), and group fitness classes are a great way to interact with other adults.
If you’re not sure about what fitness class you would enjoy, try out a few different ones. Usually, they offer a few classes for free or you can find affordable trial packages on Groupon.
See Also: Tips For Group Workout Anxiety
Take a Long Shower
Having a long shower is very rare once you enter parenthood.
You’ll hear phantom crying and calling out for mom if you attempt to shower while the kids are awake.
So, whenever you have the chance to take a long, hot shower enjoy it.
It’s a great way to reset your mind.
See Also: Tips For Mastering Shower Time as a Mom
Read a Book
While we’re always encouraging our kids to read as much as possible; when was the last time you had a chance to put your nose into a good book?
Reading is another great form of self-care for moms as it allows our minds to travel to different places and escape our current reality even if just for a half-hour.
Go Out in Nature
Getting out for some fresh air can always do you some good.
Head out to your local walking or hiking trail and spend a few hours taking in the scenery and smelling the fresh air.
Listen to Music
We all know that music is good for the soul.
Listen to your favorite genre for 30 minutes or so and let the music run through your veins.
Also, feel free to dance like no one’s watching if the mood strikes.
Listen to a Podcast
There are podcasts about everything these days.
If you don’t have time to do much reading, see if there’s a podcast available.
You can even listen to a podcast while you’re doing other things such as taking that nature walk or even while you’re getting a massage.
Say Yes to Going Out With Another Adult
Feel guilty when you want to go hang out with a friend and leave the kids with the other parent?
Challenge yourself to say yes the next time you’re invited out for cocktails, lunch, or whatever.
Take a Day Off From Working (AND Don’t Feel Guilty About It)
Use those vacation and sick days.
Feeling overwhelmed or just not in the mood to work?
Take the day off.
It’s just one day.
I’m not saying make a habit and get into a routine of taking off weekly (or even monthly for that matter), but every once in awhile it’s okay to take a day off from working for absolutely no reason at all AND not feel guilty about it the entire day.
Spend Time Browsing Your Favorite Website or Blog
Like reading gossip blogs or mindlessly browsing on social media?
Have at it.
It’s a form of self-care. My guilty self-care pleasure is browsing Reddit.
Reddit can be such a huge time suck, but at the same time, I enjoy doing it and have gotten a lot of knowledge from there as well.
Enjoy a Cup of Tea
Start your day with a cup of tea before the kids are up.
I read somewhere where one mom starts off her mornings with a very tranquil routine that involves her having tea in the dark or with candles lit.
I’m not sure which blog it was on, unfortunately, but, that’s a self-care idea I can definitely get behind.
Say “No” (AND Don’t Feel Guilty About It)
Moms are notorious for saying yes or trying to be able to commit to everything, especially when it comes to our kids…myself included.
However, I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to chaperone every field trip, they don’t need to go to every extracurricular activity that the school has for families, AND it’s okay.
Your kids get to do more than enough and you don’t have to run yourself to empty by being “Yes Mom” all of the time. Even if instead of going to the event or activity you just sit at home and drink tea
Do Some Stretches
Stretches can give you a new breath of fresh air.
It doesn’t have to be anything major.
You can just loosen up by spending 5 minutes between activities stretching things out.
Do a DIY Project
Does creating things from scratch sound more up your alley?
Go ahead and head to your local craft or home improvement store and start that DIY project that you’ve had on your mind for months.
Put on Your Favorite Perfume
Even when you’re just staying at home, put on your favorite fragrance.
If it makes you happy go for it!
My personal favorite perfume right now is Jimmy Choo Blossom, if you’re in the market for spring-like fragrances make sure you check it out.
There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming.
Self-care can be something as simple as playing out fictional scenarios in your head for 10 to 20 minutes.
Take a Bubble Bath
Bubble baths are a great way to relax.
While in the bath relaxing you can also combine other things such as listening to a podcast, catching up on your favorite tv shows, or even reading a book.
Purchase That Item You’ve Been Feeling Guilty About Buying
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing something for a month or more, you should go for it.
It’s no longer considered an impulse purchase as you’ve had more than enough time to think about it.
The only thing holding you back is guilt at this point.
Make a New Dish
If you like to cook, making a new dish could be the self-care treatment that you need.
You can try combining random ingredients together and hoping for the best OR you can give a Pinterest recipe a try to see if it turns out photo perfect.
Reflect on Your Accomplishments
Lift yourself back up by reflecting on your accomplishments so far.
You’ve likely achieved more things than you could have imagined you would when you were in your early twenties.
Wear an Outfit You’ve Been Saving For a Special Occasion
Did you purchase a new outfit recently?
Put it on even if you’re not going anywhere.
Getting dolled up can boost your confidence and make you feel good about yourself.
Take Time to Breathe
Spend a minute or so focusing on your breath.
It’s a great way to clear your thoughts and reset your current feelings.
Procrastinate on Social Media
Avoid social media the majority of the time?
When you’re trying to sneak in some self-care use your time to get a social media fix in.
Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been in Your City
Spend some time exploring your city.
Look on Yelp or Groupon and see what activities and events are available that interest you that you’ve never been to before.
If you live in a major city, you may be surprised by how many festivals and things take place each weekend.
Catchup With a Friend or Relative via Phone
When was the last time you talked about randomness on the phone for an hour or so?
When you find yourself with some free time and a quiet house, spend some time catching up with a friend or relative on the phone.
As women, in general, we often feel like we have to keep everything inside to remain strong.
I’m here to tell you this isn’t the case…it’s okay to complain.
Even if it’s just you writing or typing a letter and tearing it up afterward, go for it.
You’ll feel so much better once you have it off of your chest too!
Sit Silently in the Dark
Each night before bed or each morning upon waking up, take some time to sit silently in the dark and get your thoughts together.
Having this time is a great way to both start and end your day.
Book a Hotel or Airbnb For Just Yourself
Sometimes we need to be totally alone and have time to ourselves to rejuvenate AND booking a hotel or Airbnb for just yourself is a perfect way to accomplish rebooting ourselves.
Don’t worry about chores, cooking, or anything for one night.
Spend your time sleeping, working on your passion project or whatever it is that you want to do.
Create a Wishlist
When was the last time you created a wishlist of things that you wanted to purchase or places that you want to visit?
Find the motivation you need to keep pushing forward by readjusting what you’re working towards.
Conclusion: There Are Numerous Self Care Ideas For Moms
As moms, it’s important that we make time for ourselves. By spending time on self-care as often as we can, we’re guaranteed to keep our mental health intact so we can be the best parents possible.
As you can see there are numerous ways to practice self-care.
What’s your favorite way to practice self-care as a mom?