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Self-Care,  Stress Reduction

7 Budget-Friendly Self-Care Ideas for Moms

Moms: self-care is important. Making time for you is critical for your mental health. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—check out these easy at-home self-care ideas for moms.

It can be easy for busy moms to forget about self-care. I didn’t realize the big gaping hole in my life until my therapist asked, “What are you doing for self-care?” and I stared at her blankly.

Don’t let this happen to you! I’m here to give you some budget-friendly self-care ideas for moms that you can incorporate into your busy life.

These ideas are super easy to get you started, and feel free to scale them up or down to suit your style, schedule, and budget. Start keeping a list of your own go-to self-care rituals and making them part of your daily routine. Share your favorites in the comments!

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Budget-Friendly Self-Care Ideas for Moms

1. Listen to the ocean

Who doesn’t love the sound of waves crashing? It’s my favorite calming sound and can be combined with visualization. I use a simple, free white noise app.

Close your eyes, settle in, and let your tension roll away.

If the ocean isn’t your jam, try soothing waterfall sounds, a rainstorm, or whatever creates your own personal oasis.

2. Try aromatherapy

An essential oil diffuser can really help to change your mood. I have this one on my nightstand and find lavender so relaxing in the evenings. It is probably one of the best purchases I have made for myself.

Pair your aromatherapy time with meditation or another favorite calming activity like reading for an even bigger effect.

3. Take a mental vacation on Pinterest

Challenge yourself to spend 10 minutes pinning adorable pictures, things that make you laugh, or inspirational quotes—no workouts, home improvement, or anything that adds to your to-do list.

4. Create an at-home spa experience

Sure, a trip to the spa would be divine, but you can treat yourself at home too.

Draw yourself a bath and light a scented candle. Put a warm washcloth around your neck and soak away your stress.

It may sound cheesy, but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!

Take a moment to close your eyes and be still. Let your muscles relax in the warm water. Even being in a quiet room by yourself can be so restorative for busy moms! You may find you really start to look forward to this time.

5. Read something for fun

When was the last time you read something for fun? That’s right moms, it can be done. Get yourself a magazine (not about parenting) or settle in with an inspiring woman like Michelle Obama or Amy Schumer.

You can also pick up a book for you the next time you’re at the library with the kids. You’ll be setting a great example for them on how to relax with a good book.

6. Enjoy a tasty treat

Take a trip to a coffee shop or bakery you’ve never been to before. If a trip out isn’t feasible, have some nice chocolate on hand at home.

Sit down with a favorite beverage. I love to make myself a decaf chai tea with warm milk in the evenings.

Take your time and savor the experience. No standing at the counter and gorging!

7. Reach out to a friend

Texting or calling a friend is completely free, and connecting with another person can do wonders for your mood and mental health. Bonus points if you can Facetime or meet in person.

You don’t have to treat it like a therapy session to get benefits; just enjoy your time together. Remind yourself what it feels like to laugh and have a good time with someone who sees you as someone other than a mom.

Make Self-Care Part of Your Routine

I hope you try some of these simple self-care ideas for moms and start to make self-care part of your everyday routine. They are just a few ideas to get you started—ones I use and enjoy myself.

Getting into the habit of making time for yourself is so important for busy moms.

For more inspiration, check out self-care ideas from 30 mom bloggers who’ve shared what works for them.

If you have another activity that helps you feel relaxed and re-energized, please share in the comments!