8 Easy Self Care Tips for Busy Moms With Small Kids
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Super Simple Self Care Ideas for Moms Who Have No Time
Are you feeling completely overwhelmed as a mom of small children? Do you need some easy self care ideas that you can incorporate seamlessly into your daily life?
I’m right there with you. We don’t have time for ourselves. But life isn’t going to get less busy anytime soon, so we’re going to make time.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mother — or one who works at home while raising your kids — you need some easy self-care ideas that you can start implementing right now.
Think about it this way: If self-care was a puzzle, you would put it together one piece at a time.
So, choose one easy self-care idea and start there. Once it becomes habit, consider adding another piece to your puzzle.
Ready? Let’s get started!
1. Change your mindset
Start your self-care journey today…because you are worth it.
Begin by prioritizing yourself. Repeat this mantra: “I take care of myself so I can take care of my family.”
How can you change your mindset to make yourself a priority?
Write it down
Write down the above affirmation and put it somewhere prominent, where you can read it every day.
Focus on your long-term vision
Get healthier? Find a hobby? Whatever it may be, break it down into daily actionable steps.
The rest of this post will help you come up with some easy self-care ideas that you can start to apply to your daily life.
Track your progress
Take a few minutes to write in a journal and track the ways you have cared for yourself each day.
2. Take care of your health
Self-care isn’t simply about soaking in a bathtub filled with rose petals while you read a book by candlelight.
That sounds really nice, so go ahead and do that if you’d like. But taking care of your health is an essential element of self-care, so we’re going to start there.
Here are a few easy self-care ideas to help moms of small kids get healthier.
Drink more water
Make drinking water a little more fun with this colorful, fruit-infuser water bottle. (It will even help you keep track of how much water you have consumed!)
If you work from home, set a timer and get up to stretch every twenty minutes. (Although, if your kids are at home, you’re probably already getting up every two minutes to run after them!)
Fit exercise in wherever you can… Squat while brushing your teeth, pace the room or perform bicep curls while on a phone call… You get the idea.
Learn breathing exercises
Then, when that timer goes off, practice intentional breathing while you stretch.
Make those appointments
You’re busy running the kiddos to their doctor and dentist appointments, but when was the last time you had a wellness exam?
It’s easy to get into the habit of snacking on whatever junk food is in the house when you get hungry.
Make a point to buy healthy snacks with little to no prep time (such as bananas, trail mix, and string cheese) or prepare fruit for smoothies ahead of time.
Or, at least, sleep better. After all, a good night’s sleep isn’t always possible when we have kids waking us up during the night.
But we can make changes, such as limiting the use of devices (which disrupt the quality of our sleep) before bedtime, right?
Okay, easier said than done… If you like to scroll through Facebook or read e-books on your phone before bed (guilty!), these blue light blocking glasses will help you get a better night’s sleep.
3. Practice self-care while you get work done
That’s right! Pamper yourself while you work (or catch up on your favorite Netflix shows!).
Here are a few easy self-care ideas to pamper yourself.
Apply a facial mask
A stress rehab face mask will fight the redness and puffiness caused by too many late nights.
Set a timer and go about your business. When the timer goes off, remove the mask, and you’re done.
Try a shiatsu massage
(Seriously! You will feel amazing afterward.)
Treat your taste buds
Coffee is a given, personally.
Not a coffee drinker? In the winter, have a cup of tea or hot chocolate; in the summer, treat yourself to some iced tea, lemonade, or a fruit smoothie.
Squeeze a stress ball
Oddly, squeezing one of these foam balls actually does help to relieve tension caused by typing.
Alternatively, you can give yourself a quick hand massage.
4. Free up your time for self-care
You’re the boss! Put other people (or things) to work for you.
Write down everything that you would rather not spend your time doing, then come up with some ways to delegate these tasks to others.
You don’t have to do everything all at once; start with just one of those things to free up a little bit of your time for the things you would rather be doing.
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Don’t feel like cooking dinner after a long day? Put your crock pot to work first thing in the morning (or throw some food into an instant pot for a quick and easy meal).
Not only is this a great way to save time, but the smell of cooking food will make your house smell amazing all day long!
And if you put together a stockpile of freezer crock pot meals, it will save you a lot of time down the road.
5. Set boundaries
If you work at home, creating boundaries between work and family can be challenging.
The line between work time and family time is easily blurred.
Unless you have someone available to watch the kids, they are going to interrupt your work. It’s just one of the hazards of working from home.
But when you’re done working for the day, it’s important to devote your time to your family — and to yourself.
Here are a few ideas for separating work and family time.
- Create a dedicated space for work, and only use it for work.
- Try to set working hours, and stick to them as much as possible.
- Set boundaries for the use of devices, such as no phones at the table or no working during family time.
- Create a relaxing atmosphere by listening to relaxing music, using soft lighting and soothing candles, and spending time together reading, playing games, watching a movie, or whatever your family enjoys.
- If the kids are in school or napping, take intermittent breaks from your work to re-charge during this time.
- When the kids are in bed for the night, take a few minutes to do something that you enjoy.
6. Make time for hobbies
Hobbies are typically the first to get tossed aside when life gets busy with work and raising a family. Hobbies often feel like a luxury that we cannot afford.
Making time for the things you love is not a luxury, but an important part of self-care.
So, how do you make time for the things you love when you have no time?
Get the kids involved
Include them in the fun! Work on a puzzle together as a family or give them their own crafting supplies while you’re busy scrapbooking.
If your hobby isn’t exactly kid-friendly, find them a fun activity to keep them busy in the meantime.
A little here, a little there
Work on your project whenever you have a few extra minutes to spare.
Pencil it in
Schedule some time for yourself when your partner is home to watch the kids — or get together with a group of friends and craft together while the kids are busy playing.
7. Get out of the house
When you’re a busy stay at home or work from home mom, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut — especially during a cold, snowy winter — and avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary.
This is especially true if your kids are really little and don’t yet have school or extra-curricular activities to drive them to!
But make it a point to get outside.
Even five minutes of fresh air will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Take advantage of every opportunity to get out of the house, whether it’s a quick trip to the mailbox or a walk with the dog.
Even better, get into the car and go into town a few times a week. Go to the park or the library.
Even if you’re just running to the store or getting an oil change, you’ll feel so much better when you return home.
8. Love your space
You probably spend a lot of time in your home, so make it a place where you LOVE to spend your time.
Focus on the spaces where you spend a lot of time, such as your office if you work from home.
Surround yourself with whatever it is that makes you feel happy. It could be photos of your family, a lavender scented candle, words that inspire you, or a piece of art that you simply love.
Now that you have some quick and easy self care ideas under your belt, it’s time to grab any supplies you might need and get started!
Which of these simple self care tips are you going to implement today?
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