Summer isn’t just for kids to relax and take a break from the stresses of life. Moms need to take a breather and enjoy some slow moments too. I know it can be hard when you’re managing a household and juggling little ones who need to be fed and entertained. That’s why I’m sharing this self-care summer bucket list for moms so you don’t pass the whole summer neglecting yourself and end up a stressed out mess!
Tips are based on personal experience and should not be considered medical advice. Full disclaimer.
Along with other sanity-saving summer strategies for moms, self-care is a critical component of a summer routine to protect your mental health. You may have other summer bucket lists that will keep you busy and having fun with the kids, so balance it out with this self-care summer bucket list that’s just for you.
As I’ve said before, self-care doesn’t have to be fancy or cost anything. Use this list as a guide for some ideas primed for summer, but the point is to do things that you enjoy. Recharge your battery with some favorite or relaxing activities, even if it’s just a few minutes here and there.
Self-care summer bucket list
1. Go to the pool by yourself
2. Read a book for fun
3. Get ice cream
4. Catch up with a friend
5. Visit a favorite coffee shop
6. Get a pedicure (or paint your own nails)
7. Lounge in a hammock
8. Go for a walk in nature
9. Do some yoga poses or stretching in the morning sun
10. Take a nap
11. Get yourself some flowers (planted or cut)
12. Go to a movie with a friend
13. Sleep in
14. Do something that makes you feel like a kid again
15. Sip a favorite iced beverage
16. Take a relaxing bath
17. Watch a sunset
18. Read a magazine
19. Sing and dance to a favorite song
20. Stretch out on a blanket in the grass
21. Have a chore-free day
22. Keep a summer journal
23. Have a Netflix binge
24. Do some art outdoors (draw, color, craft, or paint)
25. Relax and observe nature (clouds, birds, etc.)
26. Have a getaway with girlfriends – a weekend or day trip
27. Inhale a favorite summer scent
28. Cook something you’ve wanted to try
29. Give yourself a compliment
30. Enjoy some outdoor music
Include self-care in your summer schedule
Which of these do you know you’ll enjoy? Put them in your calendar today!
You might try a set time each day where you practice self-care. Common options for moms include before the kids wake up, during nap/quiet time, or after the kids are in bed.
Also consider a larger block of time once a week where you can really escape and even interact with some friends if you want. You’re bound to need some alone or adult time if your summer is chock full of family activities. Focusing on self-care over the summer may even help you set up a good routine for the rest of the year.
Hopefully this self-care summer bucket list has inspired you with some ideas for taking care of you. Don’t feel like it’s all-inclusive—you can add on other activities that you know will help you refuel. Repeat your favorites and skip those that aren’t up your alley. It’s all about benefiting you!
Don’t forget to watch for signs of mom burnout and make sure to take care of you.
How will you practice self-care this summer? Share in the comments or on social. Happy summer!