Mom relaxing at the pool for summer self-care

Self-Care Summer Bucket List for Moms

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.

Self-care summer bucket list to help moms thrive

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.

Mom relaxing in hammock for summer self-care

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!

Self-care summer bucket list for moms

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