How in the world am I supposed to take care of myself when I need to take care of everyone else? Especially when so many ideas for self-care for moms include spending some extra cash.
Mom life is the best life, but it’s also exhausting! As much as we love our babes, they can sap so much out of us that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Use some of these free or super cheap ideas to love yourself today.
1. Have some spa time with DIY Sugar Scrub
Obviously, with little ones, it can be hard to find the time to give yourself a little home spa treatment. But if you’re married or have an available babysitter, let them tend to the kids for a while so you can pamper yourself (even for just 30 minutes). Run a bubble bath, put on some relaxing music, and try one of these awesome DIY sugar scrub recipes:
Cucumber Mint from Creations by Kara
Lavender Vanilla from Suburban Simplicity
Peppermint Coconut from Let’s Live Lively
Green Tea from Dear Crissy
2. Morning Devotional
Curl up with a good cup of joe and your favorite devotional book or app. I really can’t emphasize the importance of renewing our minds enough since it affects every other aspect of our lives.
Don’t have a favorite? My free devotional series, Heart of a Woman, is now available! Eeek! I’m really excited to share it with you. To get it delivered to your inbox, subscribe with your name and email here:
Other good options are the First 5 app or the Plans section on the Bible app.
3. Snuggle up with a cup
Speaking of a good cup of joe, sometimes you just need a little coffee break. Grab an extra snuggly blanket and collect your thoughts before the kids are up and at it for the day. I’m a dark roast person, so I love my Starbucks French Roast either in the Keurig or french press. Of course, being pregnant means a lot less coffee for me right now, though!
4. Enjoy some easy homemade vegan chocolate while “doing laundry” *wink, wink*
Shh…your kids don’t have to know. All you need is some agave, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. Check out Chocolate Covered Katie’s site to find out how! One of our friends recently shared some with us when we went to their house, and IT WAS YUMMY. But also dangerous because I literally could have eaten the entire plate by myself.
5. Get zen with yoga during nap time
Lay the kids down and find your center. I personally LOVE Caroline Williams’ Youtube channel. She takes a spiritual approach to yoga, inviting the Holy Spirit into it and helping her followers quiet themselves to allow the love of God to rush over them in powerful ways. I highly recommend you check it out!
6. Journal it
(And don’t hold back!) Sometimes we just need to let it all out. Writing in a journal can be extremely therapeutic and cathartic.
7. Take a nap
Yes, this seriously made the list. But come on, you deserve some rest, momma! Let your hubby or babysitter watch the kids while you catch up on just a little z’s.
8. Go on a walk
Do it without the kids, if at all possible, but bring them along if you can’t get the alone time. You can even run (if that’s your thing).
Sunlight helps our bodies make more serotonin, our “happy” hormone. Our body NEEDS the light to help us combat depression and general feelings of sadness or lethargy. And we know that exercise (even just walking) is a natural mood-booster.
Really need an extra lift to your mental health? Stanford researchers found that the best mental health prescription is nature. Go to a more scenic spot with trails or even just an area with lots of trees and grass.
Just get outside and get moving!
9. Sing in the shower
Voice like nails on a chalkboard? Meh, who cares? Belt it like Adele.
Pro-tip: use lavender or another calming oil during your shower, and afterward moisturize with your favorite body cream or body butter. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like a new woman when I don’t have to rush through my shower routine.
10. Remember gratitude
While doing things around the house or completing less than exciting tasks throughout the day, remember to be thankful for why you have to do them. Example: while dragging myself into the kitchen to do dishes, remember to be thankful that I’ve been blessed with a big family and plenty of food to feed us.
While it may not seem like “self-care,” it will help keep your cup full.
11. Pump up the jams
Listen to your favorite music or throwbacks that put you in a great mood. Crank up the Pandora while you putter around the house or on your morning commute.
12. Do your nails
Personally, I find doing my nails stressful (yay, perfectionism), but to each their own! If having your nails done makes you feel better, but the budget is a little tight, scroll Pinterest boards, watch YouTube tutorials, and get your glam on.
13. Get artsy
Color in one of those nifty anti-stress coloring books. Pick up a paint brush. Mold some clay (or play-doh, if it’s more available). Make up a song–even if it’s goofy! Get crafty. Bust some fancy culinary moves in the kitchen.
Just find a creative outlet and use it!
14. Get all dressed up
…even with nowhere to go. This is especially important for all my fellow stay-at-home mommies out there. It’s easy (and comfy) for us to just go about our day in jammies, yoga pants, or our husbands’ clothes. But there’s something about putting on something cute, doing my hair, and spending some extra time on my makeup that makes me feel better.
Even though it’s important for us to know (and teach our kids) that we’re always beautiful, it’s also fun to go the extra mile and give our confidence that little boost.
Sometimes I forget that I used to actually straighten my hair and do my makeup every day.
15. Spontaneous dance party (with you and yourself)
Drop it like it’s hot in your mom jeans. Who cares if your kids don’t appreciate how cool you obviously are. You know you’re awesome!
16. Get your water
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. No, this didn’t just suddenly turn into a post about dietary health (I just told you to hide and eat chocolate, remember?), but seriously–we know we need our H2O.
If you don’t like it plain, there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest for infusing your water with fruit.
17. Saturate yourself in the love of God
I saved the best and most important self-care idea for last. And really, it’s not “self” care at all. This is allowing God to love on you like only He can do.
Turn on worship music, get in the Word, read your favorite Christian author, or meditate on verses that help you through your day. Whatever you need to do to really stop and focus on His presence and love, do it! It’s amazing how much clarity we get and how our mood can change when we’re aware of Him in every moment of every day.
What other ideas do you use for self-care?
Until next time,
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