40 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms

June 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health and Wellness,Mother & Baby Care

40 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms | Baby & Beyond

Time is a valuable resource for any mom. There is so much to get done and there never seems to be enough time for all of it. With the result that we end up pushing ourselves down to the bottom of our own priority lists. And the word “self-care” doesn’t even appear on our to-do lists.


We give so much of ourselves to our family, home and work, but if we don’t give ourselves what we need, then stress, anxiety, exhaustion and weakness can end up taking a toll on our health. And I am sure you have heard the saying, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”


We would all love a nice day of relaxation and pampering at the spa, or a weekend getaway but it’s not always feasible. But what is feasible is taking a few minutes out of everyday for ourselves to take a break, rejuvenate and just take care of ourselves. And no, you do NOT need to feel guilty about this. Push that mom guilt away and get started on self-care today!


Here is a list of simple self-care ideas that every busy mom can easily work into her hectic day:


40 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms | Baby & Beyond

40 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms | Baby & Beyond


Get moving:

I know that working out seems to be the last thing on your mind when you are already feeling tired, but exercise is actually a great way to reduce stress and release positivity-triggering endorphins in the body. You might actually find that a workout session leaves you feeling refreshed and recharged!

1. Take a walk around the block

2. Hit the gym

3. Do some simple yoga stretches at home

4. Get out a skipping rope and jump

5. Cool off with a dip in the pool

Do some simple yoga stretches at home - Self-care ideas for busy moms - Baby & Beyond

Do some simple yoga stretches at home – Self-care ideas for busy moms


Also read: 10 Tips to Kickstart Your Fitness Journey Post Baby


Take care of your health:

We remember our kids’ vaccination appointments and our husband’s medicines but we tend to forget our own don’t we?! Well you can’t care for anyone if you don’t have your own health so make it your number 1 priority.

6. Get your annual health check-up done

7. Eat your meals on time

8. Don’t forget to take your pills on time too

9. Make you are are reaching your daily water intake target


Work those grey cells:

For at least a few minutes a day, think about something other than motherhood. Keeping your brain active and stimulated is not only good for its health, it also wards off feelings of idleness and boredom

10. Do a crossword puzzle or play Sudoku

11. Read the newspaper

12. Write in your journal

13. Read a book



When things start to seem too overwhleming, just drop everything and take a few minutes to relax and unwind.

14. Take a long relaxing shower

15. Take a quick nap

16. Go for a long drive


Indulge yourself:

Nothing wrong in indulging a little every now-and-then right!

17. Splurge on yourself, go buy that dress you have been eyeing, or the shoes, or whatever else takes your fancy. It’s retail therapy after all and Shoppers Stop’s online store is here to fulfill it to the core!

18. Indulge in a little chocolate, or whatever your comfort food is

19. Get all dressed up for a night out

20. Drink a glass of wine

21. Get a pedicure

22. Get a new hairdo


Also read: 8 Time-Saving Hair Care Tips for Busy Moms


Indulge in some chocolate, or your favourite comfort food - Self-care ideas for busy moms - Baby & Beyond

Indulge in some chocolate, or your favourite comfort food


Just have fun:

Get silly with your kids or on your own. Just let loose and have fun.

23. Put on music (not rhymes!) and sing like no one’s listening

24. Dance silly like no one’s watching

25. Watch TV

26. Play a board game

27. Plan a girls night out


Focus on your relationships:

At least once a week, be someone other than a mom

28. Plan a date night with your partner

29. Spend time with your parents or siblings

30. Catch up with old friends over coffee


Hone your skills:

Some of these may take time and commitment but you will be happier for it.

31. Try a new recipe

32. Take an art class

33. Learn that skill you have always been thinking about – quilling, knitting, photography, playing the guitar

34. Take up a sport

35. Pick up an adult colouring book


Practice mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the practice of consciously focusing on the present, letting go of negative thoughts and distractions, being grateful for the present. This practice can greatly benefit your self-care routine and uplift your mood.

36. Meditate

37. Say a prayer

38. Maintain a gratitude journal – Write down everything you are grateful for today

39. Get off social media and Whatsapp for a day

40. Spend time with nature. Do a little gardening, even if it’s just a few potted plants in your balcony


Meditate - Self-care ideas for busy moms - Baby & Beyond



Spend time with nature - Self-care ideas for busy moms - Baby & Beyond

Spend time with nature – Self-care ideas for busy moms – Baby & Beyond


These are just a few ideas to get you started. I’m sure you can think of a lot more. What are some of the simple ways in which you take care of yourself? Share in the comments below.


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  1. Vasantha Vivek said on June 1, 2018 9:33 pm:

    Wonderful list of practical self care tips. Thanks for linking up with mindfulness.

  2. Alpana Deo said on June 2, 2018 9:47 am:

    Very basic yet practical points. We forget to admire and enjoy the small things that can contribute towards self care. A very simple example is hanging out with friends. But even an hour spend with our dear one’s can entirely change our mood.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 2, 2018 3:07 pm:

      True. But often it’s often the small things that we tend to forget!

  3. Rohini James said on June 3, 2018 8:05 pm:

    Some very sensible tips and I vouch they really help to pep you up especially us moms!

  4. Priyadarshani Panda said on June 4, 2018 10:56 am:

    You have listed some really nice points to refresh and rewind as a mother we need to take more care of ourself and connect with the inner self to be a happy and raise our children better.

  5. Kavita Singh said on June 4, 2018 9:55 pm:

    This is a much-needed motivation for all the exhausted moms out there. I absolutely loved it and saved it for my daily dose of motivation and would follow the points for sure.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on June 4, 2018 10:03 pm:

      Thank you so much.. Hope it helps you

  6. Smita said on June 5, 2018 12:17 am:

    You have noted down very important but oft forgotten points. All mothers should take care of these because as you said, it is important to take care of oneself if you want to care for your family.

  7. AuraOfThoughts MeenalSonal said on June 9, 2018 3:28 pm:

    Important tips and categorised intelligently. All tips are workable ?

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

  8. The Millennial Mom said on July 9, 2018 9:21 am:

    Great list, sometimes us busy moms need to be reminded to take care of ourselves!

  9. Neha Mani Mishra said on September 6, 2018 4:52 pm:

    Practical and doable tips! Really liked the indulging one where I get to eat my favorite food..:)