10 Self Care Ideas For Moms (and a freebie!)

Some call it self care. Some call it self love. Whatever you call it, it is so important to take care of yourself.

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Before becoming a mom, I had no problem in this department! Granted I wasn’t getting manicures regularly and would you believe I have NEVER had a pedicure?? However, I would always take time for myself: monthly hair appointments (I had super high maintenance blonde hair), weekend naps, retail therapy, etc.

When I became a mom, I thought, like many others, that the more I sacrificed of myself, the better mom I would be. I spent the first 18 months of the twins’ lives doing just that. Skipping meals, skipping showers, not reading (unless it was a children’s book), not spending time with God, not doing anything for me. I was convinced that if I put myself on the back burner, I would be the best mom.

Guess what? I was the opposite of the best mom. I was exhausted, grumpy, and probably pretty stinky lol

I needed a change. I needed to take care of me. I didn’t think of it as self care at the time. I just thought of it as getting my s@*t together. For me, working out and eating well made a massive difference. Just like Elle Woods said, “working out releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t…” well you know the rest!

So, listen up! Focusing all of your attention on other people will not make you a better person. Taking 30 minutes a day to do something for you does not make you selfish. Going out for a cup of coffee and sitting in a parking lot and watching “Uptown Girls” in your SUV while your husband is at home with the kids doesn’t make you a bad mom. (It was literally the only movie in my car at the time, so don’t judge me!)

I have actually found myself in desperate need of refocusing on my self care. I’m now a SAHM to 3 (3 and under). I have been spending so much time growing my brand and blog (which I love doing), but I haven’t been spending any time on myself. I’m totally preaching to the choir here, I know. I’m with you though! I am making the promise to myself and my family that I will take better care of myself.

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Self care doesn’t have to be expensive either. It doesn’t have to be a spa day, although that does sound amazing! It can be something as simple as taking a walk. Below, I have 10 self care ideas!

  1. Working Out
  2. Therapy
  3. Bath
  4. Massage
  5. Mani/Pedi
  6. Yoga
  7. Meditation
  8. Buy Yourself Flowers
  9. Read A Book
  10. DIY Project

 

What is your favorite way to practice self care?

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Comments

  1. Alicja says:

    I could sign myself under every sentence in this post! It’s not the first time, Laura are you my sister I didn’t know about or something?! Great post, great ideas! Take care, pun intended 😉

    1. lauranau17 says:

      Thank you sis! 😘

  2. Stephanie says:

    I enjoy a number of these things. A bath with essential oils is what I get to enjoy most frequently as it is the easy to do at any given time.

    1. lauranau17 says:

      Yes! I love a nice warm bath with a few drops of lavender!

  3. Stacey says:

    Great post. We all need to work better at taking care of ourselves! I also have 3 kids and it’s hard! Love your ideas. I’m big into yoga too. It’s basically my only gift to myself each week.

    1. lauranau17 says:

      Thank you! I love yoga too!

  4. Jessica says:

    I needed to read this today. I’ve not been feeling like myself lately. It is a horrible feeling when you just don’t feel right. Thank you for writing this.

    1. lauranau17 says:

      I totally understand that feeling of being in a rut! I hope you can make some time for you because you deserve it ❤️

  5. Holly Lasha says:

    This is great. Self care is so important!!

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