Are you struggling as a stay-at-home mom? I know I am and I’ve been doing it for quite a while now.
While it is great to have the opportunity, it can be a struggle, especially when it comes to finding time for yourself.
The lack of alone time can cause you to feel depressed. No one wants to have to feel that way.
Do you want to know how to be a happy SAHM?
You can become a happy stay-at-home mom by participating in self-care every day using this list of self-care ideas. Self-care is any activity that helps you to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. If you don’t take care of yourself as a mom then you cannot properly take care of anyone else.
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Why Self-Care is Important for Moms
Self-care is very important for moms because we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we often forget to tend to our own needs. If you aren’t making sure to take care of yourself, then who will?
How to Make Time for Self-Care
You are probably wondering where the heck you are supposed to fit in time for yourself.
Self-care can be done for any amount of time. It can be done for 5 minutes or for 2 hours.
However much time you can devote to self-care then do it! You have to make the time.
You can find a self-care activity to participate in no matter how much or little time that you have.
Ways to find time for Self-Care
Wake up earlier than your kids
I know you probably don’t like to hear this, but it is something that I have personally done that has made a big difference.
Without waking up earlier than my kids I would get absolutely no quiet time to myself.
By the time the kids go to bed at night, I am too exhausted to take the time to do anything for myself. Instead, I utilize the morning to sit down with a hot cup of coffee and a book or to work on my blog.
Wait until after they go to bed
If waking up earlier doesn’t work for you because you are more of a night owl, then utilize the time after your children are in bed to participate in some kind of activity for self-care.
Use this time to take a bubble bath and listen to some music or enjoy a hot cup of tea while watching one of your favorite shows. Do whatever makes you feel good.
While your child is napping
If you are so lucky to have a child that still naps (I’m jealous!) then take that time for yourself.
Yes, you could use it to do the household chores, and by all means, if that’s what you enjoy then do so.
Take a nap if possible (this is something that never worked for me). Or just relax on the couch and play around on your phone.
While they are at school
This is the perfect time to participate in some self-care. There are no excuses since your kids are in school!
You can take a little time to do some of the housework and then spend the rest of the time doing what you would like to do. That way you should have less (or no) feelings of guilt because you did accomplish something that you needed to do before you took some time for yourself.
Self-care means different things to different people.
To one person self-care may mean spending the day at a spa. To another person, self-care could be taking a nap.
The only thing that matters when it comes to self-care is that whatever you choose to do is helping you focus on and take care of yourself.
Self-Care Ideas That Cost Money
- Get a massage
- Go to the movies by yourself
- Go to the gym
- Buy a new outfit that makes you feel good about yourself
- Go to the salon to get a Mani/Pedi
- Get your hair cut
- Go shopping
- Take a vacation
- Stay in a hotel room by yourself for a night
- Take a class
- Starbucks + Target = Happy mom
- Treat yourself out to lunch
Free Self-Care Ideas
- Do yoga
- Take a bubble bath
- Work out at home
- Bullet journaling
- Get dressed and put on some makeup
- Binge-watch your favorite tv show on Netflix
- Read a book
- Play video games
- Go for a walk
- Take a nap
- Paint your nails
- Color in an adult coloring book
- Get some sunshine
- Make your bed
- Listen to music
- Take part in a hobby
- Enjoy your favorite beverage
- Take pictures
- Take a long hot shower
- Spend time with friends
- Use a face mask
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to an audiobook
- Join a mom group
- Do Pinterest crafts
- Cook your favorite meal and eat it in silence
- Bake a favorite treat of yours
- Light a candle
- Write down what you are grateful for
- Go to the bathroom – by yourself!
- Relax on the couch and play on your phone
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
In conclusion, there is no reason why you cannot make time for some kind of self-care in your day.
It is absolutely necessary in order for you to take care of your family to the best of your ability.
Don’t feel selfish because you are taking time for yourself. Instead, realize that by doing so you are doing something good, not just for you, but for your family as well.
Believe me, they will be happy that you did!
What are you going to do for yourself today mama?
Do you have any other self-care ideas? If so, please share them with all of us in the comments below!