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50 Self- Care Tips for the Tired Mom

February 22, 2018

After becoming a mom it is SO easy to lose yourself in your family and other obligations. By the time the kids are in bed it’s hard to muster the energy to do much besides crash. But not taking care of yourself is one of the biggest pit falls moms fall into and where I find myself trying to scrape out of right now. The other day after coming home from watching my friends children I was so unhappy to find the dishes hadn’t been done and Clay was still in bed at noon. I broke down. Tears streaming my face I told him “that everything I do is for everyone else and I do nothing for myself”. Either there’s no time, no opportunity or just simply no energy for the effort. Putting ourselves on the back burner sounds like the right thing “Family first”, but truth be told it is a volatile motto to live by and we need to start caring for ourselves in order to take the best care of our families.


It may look different than what we used to spoil ourselves with before babies, but moms self- care is essential. Mind, body and soul sound like such a cliche yet those what we neglect the most. Take at least 5 solid minutes every single day for yourself. Even if that means 5 minutes of locking yourself in the closet just to get away from the whining. It still counts!

  1. Make a healthy meal
  2. Get a haircut at a salon
  3. Give yourself a manicure
  4. Do a face mask
  5. Put on make-up
  6. Find a updo tutorial to try
  7. Grab coffee with a friend
  8. Diffuse lavender essential oil
  9. Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Happy people just don’t kill their husbands- (10 pts to whoever can name that movie)
  10. Eat a special treat for just you. No sharing
  11. Look through your closet and put together a cute outfit
  12. Have a selfie shoot!
  13. Schedule a girls night
  14. Turn off the t.v.
  15. Have quiet time in the Bible
  16. Pray
  17. Paint your toenails
  18. Listen to calming spa music
  19. Grab lunch
  20. Go shopping
  21. Close your eyes and play ocean waves (in college during winter I would play ocean sounds and shine my desk lamp on myself. It may sound silly but it actually helped take me out of my dorm and plopped me on the sandy shores!)
  22. Read a chapter from a book
  23. Bake
  24. Clean (this is my go to stress reliever… am I crazy?!)
  25. Call a friend (not text)
  26. Go to a local park and walk the trails
  27. Make a cup of coffee and sit outside
  28. Flip through family photos
  29. Make a craft or DIY project
  30. Journal
  31. Write a letter a friend
  32. Pick or buy yourself flowers
  33. Take up gardening or create an indoor herb garden
  34. Join a bible study or moms group
  35. Wear earrings (I never do, so when I put them on I feel like I’m actually trying to look nice and it helps my self- esteem)
  36. Give yourself a hand or foot massage
  37. Buy yourself a gift
  38. Go to Target
  39. Join a gym that offers child care
  40. Take a hot bath with bubbles, oil, candles and music
  41. Draw or doodle
  42. Join a club team
  43. Cry if you need to, it’s really okay!
  44. Use a sugar scrub on your hands and feet
  45. Take a nap, or just close your eyes for a few minutes
  46. Get take out instead of cooking tonight
  47. Dance to your favorite song
  48. Read funny jokes to make yourself laugh or just laugh at your dancing
  49. Write down your goals
  50. Spend time with your pet

In all these 50 self- care ideas none of them says go on your phone, or binge watch t.v… because realistically those things don’t help at all. Self- care is solely for YOUR benefit, so close out the social media apps that generate feelings of want or jealousy and make this time completely about you. It’s an opportunity to mend what needs fixing. If it’s your mind, shut it down for a bit. If it’s your body then try a self care tip that is body focused. Care for what needs caring, you won’t wear a cast on your foot if it’s your wrist that’s broken. Mend what needs mending, even if it takes a little bit of time. Each day is new and we take it moment by moment. Just remember happy wife, happy life.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.- Psalm 139: 13-14

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