One of my favorite parts of the new fitness program I’m doing is the focus on self-care. As a mom–no matter how many kids you have, what kind of job you work, or your life situation–taking care of YOU falls to the very bottom of the to-do list. We take care of everyone and everything else before ourselves–and then we are so exhausted that we just don’t think about it.
One thing I’ve learned over the past almost-3 years of focusing on my health and fitness is that when I prioritize taking care of myself, I do a better job taking care of my family, my responsibilities, and just dealing with the stress of life in general. I don’t feel guilty for taking some time for me anymore–it has been tough to deal with that “mom guilt”, but I know the benefit my family gets when I take care of myself, and I don’t feel bad about taking the time I need to be able to benefit them.
So mommas, take a few minutes to take care of YOU. I know, I know–you’re busy, the kids constantly need you, maybe your husband isn’t supportive of time for yourself (which is a whole other conversation!)–but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself and fill your cup.
A lot of times we think of self-care as something really expensive or time consuming, like an hour massage, a spa day, or that kind of thing. It doesn’t have to be that complicated, you guys. Here are some of my favorite, cheap, and simple ways to engage in self-care for myself, categorized by the amount of time it takes for your convenience. No matter how busy you are, you can choose something–just ONE thing!–on this list to take care of you. You are worth it, mommas!!! Don’t pour into everyone else from an empty cup.
Self-Care Options for Busy Moms
- 5 deep breaths to clear your mind and de-stress/lessen anxiety
- 3 minute guided meditation from an app like Headspace
- Changing into your favorite sweats or pjs
- Laying in the quiet with your eyes closed for 5 minutes (or sitting in the bathroom–been there, done that)
- Listening to your favorite song
- Scrolling through social media to empty your head and de-stress
- Doing one minute of jumping jacks
- Doing some stretches
- Turning off your alarm and waking up with your kids or just whenever your body wakes you up!
- Using a face mask
- Putting scented lotion on your hands and feet
- A longer guided meditation from an app like Headspace
- Making a list of 5 things you are grateful for in your life
- Calling someone to tell them you love them
- Coloring a picture–either from your kid’s coloring books or an adult coloring book (I swear, this is so relaxing and I don’t know why!)
- Watching an episode of The Office/New Girl/anything that makes you laugh on Netflix
- Painting your nails
- Reading a favorite magazine
- Reading a chapter of a book you love
- A hot shower and a deep conditioner
- Doing some light yoga and/or foam rolling to help sore muscles
- Going for a walk around your neighborhood in the sunshine
- A warm bath (with epsom salt for soreness!)
- Walking around Target or whatever store you like by yourself
- Driving out to get your favorite coffee or tea (preferably alone)
- Listening to some of your favorite podcast
- Taking a power nap
- Getting a great workout in (you really can do this in 20-30 minutes if you work out at home! Ask me how 😉 )
- Getting your nails done at the salon
- Getting your hair cut and styled
- A massage
- An afternoon alone!
- Watching a movie
- Taking a long nap
- Girl’s night out/girl’s dinner
- Date night with your partner!
When you’re new to engaging in self-care, it can feel weird, overwhelming, or even selfish at first. Start with something simple and quick, and work your way up to the longer ones. I do one of the quick options every single day, and do longer options far less frequently–but we all have to start somewhere, so just START!
What are your favorite ways to fill your cup back up? Share your favorite self-care tips in the comments!