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13 Self-Care Ideas for Moms: Top Tips for Daily Relaxation

Whether you are a working or stay-at-home mom, you know how overwhelming life can become when juggling family, work, and personal responsibilities. It’s easy to forget the importance of self-care amidst the chaos of a busy schedule. But it’s essential to prioritize your well-being, both physically and mentally.

Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. In fact, there are numerous practical and effective self-care ideas that can help you rejuvenate and maintain a balanced lifestyle.

With the right approach, you can ensure that you dedicate time to nurturing yourself and keeping your well-being a top priority, all while being the amazing mom that you are.

In this article, I will share some of my favorite self-care ideas for moms that you can easily slot into your busy life. These ideas will inspire you to create your own self-care routine and allow you to look after your health and happiness consistently.

So, let’s get started on developing your personalized self-care plan!


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My top self-care ideas for moms

1. Exercise

Finding time to exercise can be challenging, but it can be a fun way to work on your overall well-being. Start by choosing a workout that fits your schedule and preferences. The Motherly Heap recommends setting short-term goals and being consistent in your workout routine.

Try some of these ideas:

  • Brisk walking or jogging

  • Yoga or Pilates

  • Swimming or dancing

  • Strength training with dumbbells or resistance bands

2. Eat well

Your body needs proper nutrition to function and recover from daily stresses. Mayo Clinic Health System advises avoiding excessive sugary beverages, alcohol, and high-fat foods – choose healthier options instead. Prioritize drinking six to eight cups of water every day to keep hydrated. This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a coffee here and there or your favorite dessert once in a while! Just keep an eye on calorie intake.

If you are breastfeeding nutrition is especially important – not only for your energy levels but also to maintain milk production. Consider healthy lactation cookies and/or breastfeeding approved protein powders as tasty and nutritious options.

3. Put your feet up

Give yourself permission to take breaks and rest throughout the day.

Get the kids occupied with something then use this time to find a quiet area of the house to sit down, close your eyes, breathe deeply (and sneak in a little nap!), or enjoy activities that help you relax and unwind, such as reading, knitting, or reveling in a hobby that gets you out in the fresh air like gardening. Nothing quite like topping up your vitamin D in the sunshine to elevate your mood!

Regular rest can help alleviate stress and re-energize your mind and body.

4. Sleep

Sleep is crucial for your physical and mental well-being, and I don’t mean just the occasional nap! According to What Moms Love, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Establish a bedtime routine to improve your sleep quality. Some suggestions include:

  • Going to bed early

  • Turning off electronics an hour before bed and reading a good book instead

  • Creating a relaxing sleep environment

  • Practicing deep breathing or meditation techniques

  • Ensuring your bed and pillows are comfortable

5. Give mindfulness and meditation a go

One of my favorite self-care ideas is to practice mindfulness and meditation. Doing this can help you stay grounded and focused on the present moment, reducing the impact of stressors in your life.

Get your partner to occupy the kids so you can start to practice mindfulness. Dedicate a few minutes each day to simple mindfulness exercises like deep breathing.


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Alternatively, try using guided meditation apps or resources to help you establish a regular meditation practice.

Some busy moms find escapism by drawing in an adult coloring book.

Remember, consistency is key to getting the most benefits from these practices.

6. Journaling and reflection

Another powerful tool to support mental health is journaling. Finding time to write down your thoughts and emotions can be therapeutic, helping you process and manage stress (Thrive With Janie). You don’t need anything fancy to get started—a simple notebook or even a digital note-taking app will do.


Spend time jotting down positive affirmations and notes in a gratitude journal. Treat yourself to a beautiful hard-cover Gratitude Journal like the one I designed: Gratitude Journal: A self exploration daily gratitude journal to create a calm, quiet and peaceful life.

You could even start a list of your own personalized self-care ideas!

Consider setting aside some time each day to reflect on your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Over time, you might begin to notice patterns or recurring themes that can help you better understand and address your emotional needs.

7. Indulge in your hobbies and interests

Why not book a day off while your child is in daycare? Fill the day ahead with things that you really want to do!

It’s important to have activities that you enjoy and that help you disconnect from daily stressors.

Whether it’s reading a book, trying out a new recipe, or getting creative with arts and crafts, or going for a coffee by yourself, make sure to carve out some child-free time for yourself to engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Learning a new skill can be not only fun but also a way to expand your social circle, connect with other busy moms and increase your self esteem!

8. Build a support system

Surrounding yourself with a solid support system is crucial for both your mental and emotional health. Sure, your partner and kids are great when you need a hug but reach out to family, friends, or fellow moms who understand the challenges you face. You could also consider:

  • Staying in touch with old friends to maintain pre-existing connections and reminisce about when you were kids

  • Joining local mom groups or playgroups to meet new people

  • Connecting with neighbors and other parents in your community

Working on these relationships can provide a sense of belonging and offer a network of people you can lean on if you need support.

9. Join mom groups and forums

Participating in mom groups and online forums provides a platform for sharing experiences, advice, and encouragement with other parents. You can:

  • Search for local mother groups on social media or in online directories

  • Join online forums or post on message boards that are relevant to your interests or parenting style

  • Participate in discussions and engage with other moms to expand your support network and maybe make a new friend!

Remember that everyone’s parenting journey is unique, so take advice with a grain of salt and focus on what works best for you and your family.

10. Take breaks with friends

Spending quality time with friends is crucial for maintaining a healthy social life and can be a revitalizing form of self-care for moms. Some ideas for friend-focused breaks include:

  • Organizing a monthly mom’s night out for relaxation and socializing – yep the occasional alcoholic drink is fine too in moderation!

  • Meet up with your best friend for coffee or lunch to catch up

  • Joining a hobby group or fitness class with a friend to share a fun activity together

By nurturing your friendships, you can strengthen your support network and experience the benefits of social connections in your self-care routine.

11. Make time for your relationship

When was the last time you went on a date night with your partner? Saw a funny movie or comedy show together, or even went to a dance party (remember the days?!).

Date nights are so important for maintaining closeness and not just being a mom – feel refreshed as you get dressed up and have an awesome (child-free) time together!

12. Prioritize tasks

It can be overwhelming when you have multiple to-do lists to complete, but prioritizing is key. To set boundaries, write down essential tasks first then which ones can wait. Consider dividing your tasks into four categories:

  • Urgent and important

  • Important but not urgent

  • Urgent but not important

  • Neither urgent nor important

By organizing your responsibilities in this way, you’ll reduce stress and give yourself more time for self-care.

13. Learn to say no

Saying no can be difficult, especially when you want to help others or be involved in everything. However, saying yes to everything can lead to burnout. When you’re asked to do something that will stretch you too thin or is not a priority, try this:

  1. Pause and assess your workload and priorities.

  2. Consider the impact saying yes will have on your time.

  3. Politely decline, explaining that you need to focus on your current tasks or commitments.

By setting these boundaries, you’ll create more opportunities to focus on yourself and your needs. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity for overall well-being and being the best mom you can be.

Finding time for self-care

As a busy mom, you may find it challenging to fit in self-care activities. Stay-at-home moms often embark on entrepreneurship (known as being a mompreneur) and finding some precious ‘guilt free’ time can be even harder! Especially if you are working at home with a baby!

With a few strategies, you can manage to squeeze in some essential “me time.” Remember, taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your kids.

One effective approach is to set a self-care goal, like committing to practicing self-care daily, 2-3 times per week, or weekly. It’s okay to start small – even activities lasting just 15 minutes can make a difference.


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Create a routine that includes self-care activities. For example, try to get up earlier, say 15-30 minutes before the kids wake up to enjoy a quiet morning alone or practice yoga. You could also consider scheduling exercise into your day, even if it’s just a short walk or a quick workout.

  • 15-30 minutes in the morning for a quiet moment, meditation, or yoga

  • 10-20 minutes daily for a brisk walk, jog, or home workout

  • 15 minutes during the day for writing in your gratitude journal or listening to your favorite music

Creating a self-care routine

Planning ahead

Developing a successful self-care routine starts with planning. Set aside some time to identify activities that help you relax and recharge. Think about physical, mental, and spiritual activities that will make you feel good. Here are some ideas:

  • Daily physical activity, aiming for 150 minutes a week (source)

  • Learning something new or engaging in creative tasks (source)

  • Trying new recipes from a cookbook (source)

Once you have selected your activities, schedule them into your calendar to ensure you make time for self-care.

Maintaining consistency

To truly experience the benefits of self-care, consistency is crucial. Get used to putting yourself first once in a while (yes that means before the housework!). Aim to incorporate self-care activities into your daily routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. Here are some tips:

  • Set reminders on your phone or add self-care activities to your to-do list

  • Involve your family in your self-care routine, such as exercising together or sharing healthy meals

  • Track your progress in a journal to hold yourself accountable and recognize your achievements

Remember, every mom’s self-care routine will look different. Adjust your routine as needed and be gentle with yourself on days when it’s harder to prioritize self-care. The key is to make it a regular part of your everyday life.


So that wraps up my self care ideas for moms! Self-care is about knowing ourselves, keeping positive habits, developing good boundaries and knowing what makes us feel good instead of just what brings us down.

The key to being a great mom is to remain flexible – plans change but as long as you are committed to finding time to practice self care then you will find a way!


Have questions? I have answers.

Self-care box for a mom: candles, tea, chocolate, a good book, a face mask, a journal, bath bombs, essential oils, and cozy socks.

Depleted mother syndrome is when a mom experiences burnout, exhaustion, and loss of identity due to constant caregiving demands.

Balancing self-care and motherhood: prioritize self-care, make a schedule, ask for help, practice mindfulness, and set boundaries.

Self-care ideas: take a walk, meditate, try yoga, take a relaxing bath, read a book, cook a healthy meal, listen to music, and get enough sleep.

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