Are you looking for some simple ways to practice self-care when mom life gets hectic?
As a busy mom, time may be short. But it’s important to make taking care of yourself a priority, in-between taking care of everyone else.
The good news is you don’t need to have huge chunks of time available in your day (or week) to do some pampering. By taking advantage of the small moments in your day, you can recharge and refresh.
And that’s exactly what every busy mom needs, right?
Because when you make time for yourself, everyone benefits. Introducing self-care practices into your routine can make you calmer, less stressed and more focused.
And that can translate to a calmer, less stressed, more focused household.
So if you’re looking for some simple self-care tips, you’re in the right place. Here are 15 self-care ideas you can work into your everyday mom routine.
15 Ways to Practice Self Care (In 15 Minutes Or Less)
Meditating can be exceptionally relaxing and it’s something you can do even if you only have a few minutes a day.
I learned about the power of meditation after reading this book and at first, I was skeptical. But then I tried it and it made such a difference for my mindset.
Meditating means being mindful while tuning out the white noise of everyday life, even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes. It’s one of my favorite ways to practice self-care when time is short.
To get started, find a quiet spot and a comfy pillow to sit on. Then try to empty your mind and focus on your breathing.
If you need help getting started with meditation or you want to try guided meditations, Headspace is an excellent resource to check out.
Reading is one of my favorite ways to practice self-care as a busy mom. Getting lost in a book, even for a few minutes is so relaxing.
Here are some ideas for things to read when you have 15 minutes or less to spare:
- A daily devotional
- Your horoscope
- One chapter of a book you’ve been struggling to finish
- Your favorite comic strip
- The latest post from one of your favorite mom bloggers
- One of your kids’ picture books
- A favorite poem
Stay away from reading anything that’s going to stress you out, like the news.
You can catch up on what’s going on in the world some other time. For now, use this 15 minutes to treat your brain to something a little more relaxing and calming.
I can’t think about moisturizing without thinking of Cassandra from Doctor Who. (Bonus tip: make one of your self-care rituals vegging out to this show — it’s the best.)
Think about it though, when was the last time you took really took care of your skin?
If you’re having trouble remembering, splurge a little on some decent moisturizer. Then spend a good 15 minutes moisturizing from head to toe.
You’re essentially giving yourself a mini-massage and your skin will thank you for it.
I’ve always kept a journal in some form or other. Pouring out what’s in my head on the page is a huge help when I’m feeling stressed or anxious.
If you’re not a journaler by nature, consider getting into the habit.
When it comes to what to write, just jot down whatever comes to you. This is not a self-care practice that needs to be perfect.
The goal is to clear your head of whatever’s been building up. It’s a useful tool for finding your focus if you’ve lost it.
5. Call your person
If you’re not a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you might not know what I’m talking about. But I just mean the one person you can always count on to listen to you when you’re stressed.
It might be your mom or sister or best friend. So call them up and chat for just a few minutes about the weather, your kids, whatever’s on your mind.
And if you don’t have a person, then give your cat or dog a cuddle. After all, science says that having pets around can be good for your mental health.
Sometimes a simple stretch is all you need to feel better when you’re looking for ways to practice self-care.
Stretch your arms, your legs, your hands, every part of you. If you want to make stretching one of your daily self-care rituals, YouTube is a great resource for finding free stretching and yoga routines.
You can also try stretching using a strap to loosen up your muscles even more.
7. Get moving
Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to practice self-care because you can create a workout routine that fits your life.
Taking a walk around the neighborhood can be enough to get your blood pumping. And you can do a walking meditation as you go.
If you can’t get out of the house because of the weather or because it’s just too much work to bundle up your littles, get moving indoors.
March in place, do some jumping jacks, touch your toes, host an impromptu dance party. Even a few minutes of that can make you feel energized and help clear your head.
8. Doodle or color
Doodling is a way to let your mind zone out for a few minutes. Same with coloring.
And thanks to the popularity of adult coloring books, those things aren’t just for kids anymore.
So, whether you like to color, doodle or you want to try your hand at zentangle, grab a pen or pencil and some paper and dive in. If you’re looking for a tutorial on zentangles, head to Zentangle.com to get started.
9. Drink some water
Drinking water is one of the simplest ways to practice self-care but how often do you really do it?
If you haven’t had your recommended 64 ounces of water today, stop and have a glass or two. Or swap it out for some decaf herbal tea or a cup of coffee if that’s your thing.
The point is, stay hydrated. It’s good for every part of your body (especially your skin) and it’s key to staying healthy.
10. Watch a TED Talk
TED talks are awesome for learning new things, getting some different perspective and taking your mind off what’s stressing you out.
Another plus is that there are just so many to choose from. You can find TED talks on just about any topic you’re interested in.
And a lot of them are short, too so you can fit them into a 15-minutes-or-less self-care routine.
11. Enjoy a sweet snack
I love chocolate. It’s one of my favorite things ever.
And on those occasions when I don’t neglect self-care and I remember to be nice to myself I buy some chocolate for a secret stash. (Totally partial to Lindor truffles over here.)
Then, when I feel like I need a pick me up I have one. Just one, mind you, although I could easily eat the whole bag if I wasn’t thinking about it.
So if you want to include treating yourself as one of the ways to practice self-care, pick your favorite sweet snack to have and stock up. Keep it in the cupboard or pantry (or in the closet if your kids won’t leave it alone), and snag a few quiet minutes to savor a piece.
12. Turn off your phone
Cellphones are convenient but they can also be a major nuisance when you’re trying to practice self-care.
It’s so easy to get distracted or stay glued to your phone if you’re a work at home mom running a business.
The best way to cope with your cellphone when life gets crazy? Turn it off.
Or, if you can’t turn it off then put it in another room. I like to stick mine on the charger at the other end of the house.
See how long you can go without checking it. Aim for 15 minutes to start, then work your way up.
It’s one of the simplest but most but helpful ways to practice self-care and wean yourself away from your phone if that’s something you’re struggling with.
13. Listen to music or a podcast
Listening to a favorite song for five minutes can be such a mood-booster. Music does soothe the savage beast sometimes when you’re having a terrible mom day.
If you don’t have any favorite tunes, consider listening to a few minutes of a podcast instead. Elna at Twins Mommy has a great list of podcasts for mompreneurs.
And if you don’t want to hear any other human voices at all for a few minutes, try some ambient music or classical instead.
14. Write yourself a love letter
When was the last time you got a love note?
I don’t necessarily mean a romantic love letter, just a note telling you that you’re pretty dang awesome and someone loves you.
Been a while? Then, maybe try making one of your self-care practices writing yourself a weekly love letter.
It doesn’t have to be long. You could even make it a list if you want.
Write down 5 to 10 things you love about yourself. Or list out all your wins for the week that you’re proud of.
Then, for the rest of the week any time you’re feeling like you need a little encouragement or pick me up, whip out your love note and give it a read. It can be a quick and simple way to boost your mood and find some motivation.
15. Do nothing
This is one of the best ways to practice self-care that you probably aren’t trying.
I don’t mean don’t do self-care here. I mean literally, go and do nothing.
Let the kids (and your spouse) know mommy’s taking a short time out. Head to your bedroom and shut the door. Turn off the light and lie down on the bed.
Close your eyes. And just breathe in and out.
Don’t think about what you have to get up and do 15 minutes from now or tomorrow or next week.
Don’t drive yourself nuts thinking about what kind of mess the kids could be making.
And if you’re worried about falling asleep, set a timer on your phone.
But otherwise, just lie still for a few minutes and breathe. Let the world go on without you for a bit, then jump back in after you’ve had a chance to rest.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
Introducing self-care habits into your routine can make an amazing difference in how you approach your days. And these examples prove that it’s something you can do even when you don’t have a lot of time.
If you’ve developed a favorite self-care practice, head to the comments and tell me about it!
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