20 self-care ideas.
Are you a busy mom in need of self-care ideas for yourself? Then this post is for you because I have 20 self-care ideas I want to share with you, along with a free printable down below.
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I have come up with 20 self-care ideas for busy and overwhelmed moms. As busy moms and wives we are always taking care of everyone and more than likely, we are falling behind the LAST place in taking care of ourselves.
Trust me when I say that I know what it’s like to be so busy and not make any time for yourself. It’s important to take the time to pamper and spoil yourself.
I know it’s hard for some moms to actually make the time, I’m the same way. However, even buying your favorite makeup products and skincare products online is a little bit of “me time.”
This is my absolute favorite matte lipstick from Maybelline. I wouldn’t feel right not putting on my makeup without it!
What I personally love about it is that I can have it on for a full day without having to touch it up again. It definitely stays on for a long duration and looks so beautiful!
Also, this is my most used favorite skin cream I have been using for years. It keeps my skin fresh and smooth.
I’ve included a free printable down below with the 20 self-care ideas on it. You can print it out for your planner or put it in a place you can always glance at it.
Practice Self Care strategies.
I am a huge advocate for self-care and I really can’t stress the importance enough of making time to take care of yourself. Above all, you can’t get much accomplished in a healthy manner if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
You deserve “me time” and the break, mama. It’s time for you to focus on you for a change.
In order to help and be there for others, you have to be able to help yourself. To help you, I’ve come up with 20 self-care ideas.
It’s important to practice self-care strategies. Taking the time to set aside just one morning to pamper yourself is so necessary.
Take as much time as you can for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it! Moms deserve some me time.
I highly recommend taking some time to pamper yourself at least twice a week. It’s pretty hard for me to find that time for myself, but I do try my hardest.
Trying is the best thing that you can do for yourself. I do hope you realize how important it is to take care of yourself for the sake of your mental health.
What is the difference between self-love and self-care?
The difference between self-love and self-care is when you show yourself, love, you pay attention to yourself and take care of your body mentally.
However, with self-care practices, you are tending to your body physically such as getting your nails done, putting on a face mask, relaxing and drinking your favorite hot tea, and taking a nap. Both are very important and I fully support self-care and self-love.
Let’s go ahead and dive right into the 20 self-care ideas. You can find your free self-care printable down below!
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20 self-care ideas.
- Declutter one room in your home.
Decluttering gives me so much fulfillment. A clean and attractive space helps me successfully accomplish my tasks.
Whenever my home is dirty and cluttered I cannot function properly and I am not nearly as productive. I love to clean my home up before I even begin to start blogging and that sets the mood for my day.
I don’t have to worry about cleaning up after, and I can focus on blogging.
- Write a journal entry.
I know, such an easy one! But it is so helpful. Write about ANYTHING you want. You don’t have to recount your day, it can be a favorite quote or a funny memory that happened earlier.
It can be redundant and tedious to recount your day unless you add emotion and thoughts to it. It’s so much better to write out exactly what’s on your mind.
Your fears, hopes, or even dreams. Those entries are the ones you will look forward to reading later on.
- Catch up in your planner.
I use a A5 staology as my planner because I bullet journal for my planner setup. This is the best notebook I have ever used for bullet journaling and I really enjoy the 365 pages in there.
I went through a lot of different planners before settling on the Staology’s. Having a planner is the number one way to keep yourself organized and to also accomplish your tasks and goals.
You can check out my current planner system to learn more about my yearly setup. I am working on my new planner system post and when you subscribe you will be the first to get a notification!
Planning is so therapeutic for me, I can’t say that enough. I like to come out with a new planner set up yearly and I love to cross off what I have gotten done throughout my day.
Even creating a fun bucket list, isn’t a bad idea either. Setting up bucket lists for me is relaxing and fun to look forward to.
- Play a fun family game with your loved ones.
Board games can be a relaxing way to take your mind off of all your never-ending chores and tasks. Your family will appreciate the extra effort you’re making into relaxing with them.
My kids and I are always so busy, they consider it a treat when my husband and I sit down to play a board game with them. We love to play Guess Who, it’s the easiest game to play with an older child and toddler.
Make the time extra special by popping a bowl of popcorn and making some delicious treats to go along with the game. Learn to relax and have fun!
- Try out a free yoga session on YouTube!
YouTube is the best for free access to very helpful everyday videos. I have done a few free workout routines there and yoga to relieve back pain and it worked so well.
Changing up your workout routine is good for you, instead of doing the same thing day after a day. Yoga is calming and relaxing if you can try practicing yoga early in the morning.
Working out is part of self-care.
- Burn off calories with a free YouTube workout. Working out is so important for your health and happiness. You can check out what free phone app I use for the daily workouts that I highly recommend. The Best Workout App For Moms
- Take a much needed nap.
- Write out your monthly goals.
Monthly goals keep me on track in my life, especially when life becomes overwhelming and incredibly busy. I like to write my top monthly goals anywhere from 5-10 and I have a lot of fun trying to check them all off.
Even if you don’t complete them all, if you don’t have a place to refer back to you’d miss out on accomplishing your goals. There’s nothing more satisfying than completing a goal, knowing you worked so hard to get there.
I use a bullet journal and I include goals in mine, here are a few more ideas for your bullet journal.
- Go to your local farmer’s market with a friend.
Rather make it a mommy playdate if you have kids. Kids absolutely love farmer’s markets. It’s super cheap and affordable, not to mention healthy to pick out some vegetables for your fridge.
Create some fun nice homemade dishes with those inexpensive and fresh vegetables from the Farmer’s market.
- Make your bed and read for 15 minutes as soon as you wake up.
In addition, I’d choose my book ahead of time. The library is a great and free resource I use constantly, and there are so many free audiobooks and free podcasts you can listen to for motivation.
There are so many motivational books out there if you need some help on having a productive mindset as soon as you awake to get you ready for your day.
The rest of the self-care ideas.
- Meditate and reflect on your day while taking deep breaths.
Seriously, deep breaths have worked wonders in my life. Not only did it make me a more patient wife and mother, but it also calmed down my anxiety and stress levels so much.
Sometimes, you just need to give yourself the time you are looking for in order to manage the situation.
- Clean out your email inbox.
Get rid of all those pesky e-mails that are only taking up your storage space. Delete old text messages and erase old phone calls, as well.
Go through your voicemails. It really helps to keep everything in your life decluttered in order to feel like you can actually breathe.
- Organize your desk.
Throwing away old post-it notes and shredding old paperwork is one of my favorite decluttering tips. Therefore, it really pays to have a clean desk ready for you to begin your workday!
- Read your Devotional for 30 minutes and set a timer.
This is an amazing Devotional for women that is so beautiful. Take the time to read and work in this to help give yourself some much needed time with God.
You can also download a free app called Daily Inspirations that I use every day. It’s nice to have an app on your phone that’s easily accessible when you’re always on the go!
How do you practice self-love and self-care?
Practicing self-love and self-care is taking the time that you need for yourself. You matter a lot to your family and loved ones, and taking care of yourself is the first step in order to take care of them.
My family wants me happy and well-rested, not cranky and mean. Nobody likes cranky and mean mom.
And husbands don’t like it when their wife isn’t happy. My husband always wants me to be cheerful and though times can be difficult, we always try for the most part to take care of ourselves because then, and only then, can we take care of each other.
- Pray for 20 minutes to clear your head.
Pray about all of your worries and fears and let them go when you do. God loves you so much and he wants to hear from you. I prefer to pray for more than 20 minutes, but this is a good start.
- Go on a walk to your favorite coffee shop.
Sometimes it’s nice to get outside and order our favorite coffee that’s made for us, instead of us having to prepare it for everybody else.
However, it makes a difference when you walk instead of taking your car for that extra mental health boost you may need to clear your head. Fresh air can do wonders.
- Listen to a self-care podcast.
Just type in free self-care podcasts into your Pandora station and see what comes up! I love listening to the motivating money-making ones!
It’s never a bad time to listen to one of those and feel inspired to become more productive.
The last of my self-care strategies.
- Read a new blog post and interact with the writer.
Because sometimes you come across a fantastic blog post you really enjoy and leave without writing the person who wrote it! I used to do this ALL of the time.
Now, I leave comments and look forward to hearing back from there. I subscribe if I am interested and I’m sorry if they don’t write you back but chances are they will! Some bloggers are super busy.
- Call a friend to chat.
Treat your friends well and with kindness, even when you’re busy with kids. As a result, it helps to be kind to your friends so when you are having a down day you always have someone to chat with about life who cares for you.
- Lastly, plan a girls’ night out with your bestie!
This girls’ trip doesn’t have to be super extravagant but it is always nice to go eat dinner with your friend and afterward do something you both enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed these tips and liked the free printable! Leave a comment down below, if you did.
Until next time,