When it comes to self-care, moms top the list of those who need it most. Ironically, moms spend most of their time caring for everyone else, quickly forgetting their own needs. But we all know that when we take better care of ourselves, we can better care for others.
Here’s a list of 18 easy self-care ideas for moms. Whether you’re a new mom, a busy mom, or a mom working inside or outside of the home, this list is for you.
1. Practice Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is one of the easiest self-care tools. Practice for one minute and work up to three minutes.
With your mouth closed, slowly breathe in through your nose for three seconds, hold for three seconds and slowly exhale out through your nose for three seconds. Deep breathing is powerful for relaxation.
2. Take a Relaxing Bath
Soaking in a warm bath washes away the dirt, cleanses the stress and soothes the mind.
Light a candle, pour in the bubbles and lay back while listening to your favorite music or reading a good book. Afterward, don a cozy and luxurious robe to achieve ultimate relaxation.
3. Go For a Short Walk
Taking a walk — even for just 10 minutes — can have a therapeutic effect on your body, mind and spirit.
Go for a walk on your own in between tasks, soak up the outdoor surroundings and enjoy the weather. Or, walk with a friend in conversation to rejuvenate your soul and add excitement to your day.
4. Reach Out and Receive
We know that being a mom is challenging. That’s why the ability to ask for help and receive it is one of the most significant things a busy mom can do. If you have a trusted partner, grandparent, family or friend to turn to for help, lean on them to help you reignite your energy and empower you to practice more self-care.
5. Seek a Creative Outlet
Take time to reconnect with your inner artist or creative. This can be as simple as using your kids’ Etch-A-Sketch, creating a scrapbook, or signing up for a class to try something new.
We’re all born with an inner creative force to express ourselves. Take the time to reconnect with yours.
6. Get Involved in Your Community
Assisting those in your neighborhood or participating in local events doesn’t have to be a significant effort. Do what you can to reach out to fellow citizens in your community, or seek ways to serve the greater good. You could make a food or clothing donation, or assist an elderly neighbor. The fulfillment you gain from contributing to your neighborhood or town is self-care in action.
Writing down your thoughts in a journal is a constructive way to process emotions and experiences. Your journal entries don’t have to be lengthy — they can even be a few bullet points that describe how you’re feeling or what you’re grateful for. This type of self-care positively contributes to the well-being of your mental health.
8. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Establish a bedtime ritual to help you sleep better. For example, turn off devices before getting in bed, plan to be in bed by 10 pm, and put on a set of ultra-soft pajamas that will keep you cool and comfortable.
9. Treat Yourself to a Massage
You work hard, and you deserve it — don't feel guilty for wanting to treat yourself! Schedule a massage at least a week or two in advance, so you can plan your busy schedule accordingly and still make time for self-care.
Getting a relaxing massage has numerous health and healing benefits and is one of the best ways to de-stress and drift away.
10. Cook or Order Your Favorite Meal
Food is a universal way to offer and share the love. How about planning a date night with yourself and your favorite meal?
Whether you love to spin up a meal in the kitchen or indulge in your favorite takeout, make a dinner plan to nourish and care for yourself.
11. Schedule a Tea or Coffee Date
Whew — the kids are at school, and you have a moment to yourself. How about heading to a local coffee shop with a friend (or even solo)?
Spending some time in a different environment to enjoy a warm beverage, hear some soothing music, or enjoy the outdoor surroundings is an excellent way to disconnect and show yourself some TLC.
Meditating helps you instantly relax, release and rejuvenate. This mindfulness exercise takes some practice and getting used to, but the benefits are well worth it. Plus, there are now many available apps you can download to help you begin your meditation journey. Schedule time each morning or evening — just five minutes a day can be effective.
13. Educate Yourself
As moms, we spend most of our time teaching others. So, we often forget how fun it is to learn something new, especially topics or skills we are interested in. Sign up for a class on something you’ve always wanted to learn, like a new language, instrument or sport. You’ll have fun and keep your mind active.
14. Find Laughter and Joy in the Little Things
It’s true: laughter is the best medicine, so seek it out as much as possible. Find a silly activity to do with your kids, plan a game night with your partner or family, or watch a comedy movie or TV show to help you unwind and relieve your stress.
Helping others can feel incredible! There are so many ways to be of service to your local community, and it’s easy to make volunteering a family-friendly event. You can visit a care center for elders, help out at a food bank, or plan a beach clean-up. Helping others is an act of self-care that offers critical benefits for your well-being.
16. Lounge Around
Lounging around is one of the most underrated (and easiest) forms of self-care. To make the most out of your kick-back-and-relax time, put on something comfortable and buttery soft, like these Softies loungers and loungewear sets. You’ll be able to disconnect and relax in no time!
17. Seek Conversation
A good conversation helps you connect with someone you care about and is an opportunity to express your emotions, find comfort, or seek advice. Call an old friend or a trustworthy confidante, and catch up for an hour or two to de-stress and enjoy each other’s company.
18. Self-Compassion: Be Kind to Yourself
It’s easy to feel compassion when others are struggling, but do you give yourself the same kind of care and attention when you’re struggling? Most likely not.
Self-compassion is the cornerstone of self-care. When you’re hard on yourself, ask yourself what you would say to your best friend if they feel the same way. Look in the mirror and say those words to yourself.