1. Focus on the physical
- Stepping your blood pumping and getting outside can help you feel revitalized. Choose what is appropriate for your level of fitness.
- Take a walk around the block.
- Stretch or do some yoga.
- Take your bike out for a spin
- Train for a 5K walk or fun run.
- Spend time tending to your garden.
2. Give your brain a boost
- Write in your journal.
- Sketch something you love or pick up a coloring book.
- Read a good book.
- Do a crossword puzzle.
3. Pamper yourself
- Relax in a hot bath.
- Plan a spa day.
- Sneak in a nap.
- Splurge on your favorite flowers.
- Give yourself a facial.
4. Find time for your friends
- Have lunch at a new restaurant.
- Go to an Art Walk or Museum stroll.
- Make a walking or skating date.
- Go window shopping.
- Volunteer with a friend.
- Join a book club or moms group.
5. Take a leap
- Go-cart racing.
- Visit a local landmark for the first time.
- Indoor rock climbing or sky-diving.
- Start writing your memoir.
6. Improve your abilities
Try a fresh and distinct recipe to improve your cooking skills.
- Try a fresh and distinct recipe to improve your cooking skills.
- Reintroduce yourself to a sport you enjoy.
- Consider enrolling in a painting or drawing class.
- Play that instrument you’ve been neglecting.
7. Get silly
- Sing along to your favorite music.
- Host a game night.
- Go see a comedy show.
- Dance in your living room.
8. Prepare to unwind
- Fill your cupboard with your favorite teas and nutritious foods so you always have them on hand.
- Stock up on essentials like sunscreen, lotion, and cough medicine, as well as fun stuff like nail polish, essential oils, and bath products.
- Find a calm location in your home that you can prepare with amenities like a favorite blanket or cushion.
9. Have a plan…just in case
Keep in mind that you will require assistance before you can begin any form of regular self-care practice. Rosie Martinson of the blog Tacoma Working Mom, a fellow working mom, suggests admitting when you need help. Martinson advises, “Ask for support when you need it and tell your spouse what you need.”
Tiffany Huebner, a mom and writer, said how she fits self-care into her busy day: “I try to get up five to ten minutes early and get ready before the kids wake up.” Otherwise, that isn’t always the case.”
Self-care has two advantages: you’ll feel revitalized, and your family will benefit from a healthier, happier mom. Don’t forget to look after yourself.