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20 Self Care Ideas

20 self care ideas.

20 self care ideas

Are you a busy mom in need of a self care day? Do you need a few self care ideas? Then this post is for you.

I have come up with 20 self care ideas for busy and overwhelmed momsAs busy moms and wives we are always taking care of everyone and more than likely, we are falling behind LAST place in taking care of ourselves.

Being a stay at home mom can be very frustrating and it’s important to take some time to yourself, and pamper yourself right. I know it’s hard for some moms to actually make the time, I’m the same way.

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20 self care ideas

I am 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.

In order to help others, you have to be able to help yourself. To help you, I’ve come up with 20 self care ideas.

Related post: 10 Ways To Self Care

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! 

20 self care ideas

20 Self Care Ideas

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.

Better yet if you don’t have one, you may want to get one. 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 planner system I used to use. 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 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 to me is relaxing and fun to look forward to.

20 self care ideas
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  • Play a board game with your kids and spouse (significant other).

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.

Make the time extra special by popping a bowl of popcorn and making some delicious treats to go along with the game.

  • 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.

20 self care ideas

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 my 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’s a few more ideas for your bullet journal.

  • Go to your local farmer’s market with a friend.

Rather make it a mommy play date 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 audio books 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.

20 self care ideas

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.

20 self care ideas

  • Organize your desk.

Throwing away old post-it notes and shredding old paperwork are one of my favorite decluttering tips. Therefore, it really pays to have a clean desk ready for you to begin your work day!

20 self care ideas.

  • Read your Devotional for 30 minutes and set a timer.

Personally, I love reading the Bible but I usually enjoy reading a book that relates to my lifestyle too. There are so many wonderful and affordable devotionals out there, that not only are interesting to read but also apply to your life.

In addition, you can get your beautiful Bible here with the options to customize it: Everyday Reading Version Bibles (ERV)

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 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 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.

20 self care ideas

  • 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 afterwards do something you both enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed these tips and liked the free printable!

Until next time,




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  2. Great tips!

    1. Thanks so much!!

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