Taking Care of Yourself: Best Self-Care Rituals for Moms
Let’s face it. Life is busy and moms are some of the busiest people we know! Managing school schedules, activities, work, doctor’s appointments, household chores and all the other stuff life throws at us can leave little time for self-care, or “mom time”. BabyQuip knows a lot of busy mamas. Many of our Quality Providers are moms who build their own successful baby gear rental businesses in addition to all the other mom things they do!
We decided it was time to encourage hard working mamas to have some “me time” and find a few self-care rituals they can implement into their busy lives. So here are 13 ideas you can easily schedule into your day, week or month. There are tons of other ways you can practice self-care; so feel free to find something that works best for you. And if you find something different, share it with us! Happy “me time” to you!
1. Wake up early for ‘you’ time.
Okay, we know this self-care idea might be hard for some, but it’s definitely worth a try. When you wake up early (and first!), you can start your day with quiet, reflective time. Maybe it’s your time to plan your day or be productive and get things done before the chaos ensues. Or maybe you turn on the news and sit on the couch with your morning coffee. Whatever you do, you’ll be glad you started the day with time to yourself!
2. Travel with friends to take care of yourself.
We are clearly big advocates of family travel but we also think it’s important for mama to travel on her own with friends. So plan a girls trip! Or go visit a family member by yourself. Time away can be refreshing! Don’t feel like you have to go on a week long or expensive vacation. Even just a day or two can be beneficial for self-care. You could also try a staycation! Book a room with a friend at a nearby resort; soak in some pool time or schedule a massage.
3. Declutter on a consistent basis.
You may shutter at the idea of cleaning, organizing or decluttering, but trust us, once you do, you’ll feel so good! Decluttering makes room for new fun things or just clears space in your home creating some “zen”. Make it a habit to declutter your home once a month. This doesn’t have to be a major endeavor! You can pick a room, a closet or even just your junk drawer. If you really want a challenge, you could go Marie Kondo on your house and get real organized! While this may not seem like self-care, you’ll be amazed at how great you feel after a successful day of decluttering!
4. Hire a sitter for some personal, self-care time (not for work or other obligations) and actually use it to take care of yourself!
You may find yourself hiring babysitters for work obligations, or that upcoming auction event for the elementary school or a doctor’s appointment. But why not hire a sitter so that you can have some alone, self-care time! We give you permission!
5. Find a good book or podcast.
Raise your hand if the last book you read was in college! It’s hard to find time to read because it’s one of those things that you can’t really multitask while doing, which for us moms, is nearly impossible. Isn’t “multitask” our middle name? That said, we definitely encourage you to pick up a good book and get lost in it. If you have to multitask, podcasts are a good option too! Either one will allow you to ignore the thoughts running through your mind and just focus on the story being told. It’s very relaxing! (Remember #4? Why not read while the babysitter entertains the kids?!)
6. Bath and face mask with your favorite playlist.
Super cliche, we know. But also SUPER relaxing and necessary. Don’t forget to lock the door to eliminate interruptions. This is a great way to wind down after a long day. This self-care ritual doesn’t have to take long and is easy to do after the kids are asleep!
7. Binge watch a TV show during nap time instead of cleaning or doing laundry.
Nap time is often “get as much done as possible” time for mamas. But what if you ignored the dishes and laundry and toys all over the place, made yourself a smoothie or iced afternoon coffee and binge watched a show that only you like? Sounds pretty good amiright??? This is our favorite form of self-care!
8. Pack up your family for a picnic dinner at sunset and soak it in.
This idea includes your family so it’s not technically “alone time” but we highly recommend it because it’s a great way to spend quality time together. Cherish the moment and enjoy nature’s way of painting the sky. Don’t go overboard with the picnic. Pack simple sandwiches and snacks or even grab a pizza on the way!
9. Spend time each week planning some healthy meals and snacks to maintain self-care.
We all know that eating healthy is the most important self-care ritual. But for busy moms, it’s essential. Reserve some time each week to plan healthy meals and snacks. Write a list and get all the necessary groceries. This planning will make it much easier for you to get through your busy weeks and to take care of your body! Plus, when you plan ahead, you have time to make yummy snacks like chocolate protein bites or homemade hummus.
10. Splurge on a beauty treatment.
This is another wellness idea you can do when you hire a sitter for “you time”! Go to your favorite massage therapist, get a haircut or pick up your bestie for a manicure or pedicure. Beauty treatments are guaranteed to make you feel relaxed and refreshed.
11. Spend time each week taking care of yourself by enjoying a hobby, interest or professional development.
As moms, we sometimes forget about who we are, what we love as individuals and our own interests. So, think about taking a class at the local community college, or enroll in an online professional development course. Or maybe start knitting, dancing or painting! Whatever it is, it’s healthy to have your own interest that is separate from your kids’ interests and activities!
12. Bring home fresh flowers.
This is a simple self-care suggestion to surround yourself with joy and beauty! Whether you pick flowers from your garden or buy some at a local market, we think flowers are a great way to show yourself some love!
13. Plan a night out with someone you love to take care of yourself!
Last but not least, go have yourself a girls night out. Or go on a date with your significant other. Going out at night can help you feel like a real adult in the real world again! Imagine that! Here are a few ideas: find a local winery and do some tasting, go to a comedy show, get the girls together for some bar hopping, or make a reservation at that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try since they opened 4 years ago! We won’t judge if you’re still home and in bed by 10PM.
So go do you, mama. Take care of yourself and implement a self-care ritual that works for you and your schedule. That way you can feel your best and be your best!
Kaylee Garcia is a BabyQuip IQP in Washington state, a mama to one sweet boy, a wife to an awesome husband and BabyQuip recruiter too! Kaylee and her son (he’s not even two!) have completed over 13 trips via air travel (thank you, Alaska Airlines!) on over 30+ airplane rides! They love sharing travel tips with other families since they’ve learned a lot in the last 2 years. Kaylee enjoys spending time with family, researching baby gear, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.