100 Practical Ways For Moms To Practice Selfcare

The things I hear the most from moms when I mention the need for selfcare is, “I don’t have time for selfcare” or “I can’t afford to spend that kind of money on myself. Trips to the spa, weekend escapes, overpriced creams, yoga retreats and expensive juice detox diets look great on instagram but that is just not reality for most of us and can make selfcare seem like an unattainable dream that doesn’t pertain to your life. But there are tons of practical ways for mom to practice selfcare on a regular basis.

The truth is that everyone does have the time for selfcare and should make it a priority on a daily basis especially busy, tired, stressed moms. You just have to make a shift in your mind about what a real life selfcare practice looks like. So here are 100 practical ways for moms to practice selfcare.

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  1. Take deep, intentional breaths.
  2. Sit in silence.
  3. Drink a cup of hot coffee or tea.
  4. Read a great book even if you have read it before.
  5. Take a nap.
  6. Make a delicious meal that you have been craving.
  7. Make an appointment with a therapist.
  8. Workout.
  9. Take a walk.
  10. Call a friend for a nice long chat.
  11. Make that doctor’s appointment you have been avoiding.
  12. Sleep for 8 hours.
  13. Clean your house.
  14. Declutter and organize an area in your house.
  15. Binge watch a show just for you.
  16. Take yourself to the movies.
  17. Take yourself on a date.
  18. Write a journal entry.
  19. Go for a hike.
  20. Meditate.
  21. Plan a girls’ night out.
  22. Go on a date with your significant other.
  23. Just Say No!
  24. Ask for help.
  25. Eat nutrient dense meals.
  26. Listen to music.
  27. Practice grace and be kind to yourself.
  28. Get out into the sunlight and fill up on vitamin D.
  29. Celebrate your accomplishments.
  30. Practice a hobby you love on a regular basis.
  31. Create a selfcare basket with your favorite things.
  32. Go for a leisurely drive.
  33. Take a class for something you want to learn…sewing, photography, karate…as long as it’s for you.


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  34. Set personal goals to achieve.
  35. Set a time every day to do something without technological devices.
  36. Plan your selfcare routine. The Mom Selfcare Planner is designed to walk you through creating a plan for daily practice of selfcare that will support your mental, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional health.
  37. Choose positive affirmations to practice daily.
  38. Drink water.
  39. Ask for help.
  40. Take a hot bath or shower.
  41. Get takeout and remove the pressure of making dinner.
  42. Burn a candle or incense.
  43. Eliminate a commitment that doesn’t serve you or your family.
  44. Openly communicate your needs to your family.
  45. Keep a notebook by your bed for nightly brain dumps.
  46. Build 10 minutes of quiet, device free time into your daily schedule.
  47. Join a support group specific to your needs. It can be anything from a therapy group to a local mom group.
  48. Dance…in private, with your kids or at your local salsa club…just let your body move.
  49. Actively practice gratitude…write it down or say it aloud.
  50. Get your groceries delivered. Seriously…this is life changing.
  51. Create personal boundaries and respect those boundaries.
  52. Declutter your wardrobe and get rid of clothes you don’t like or don’t fit.
  53. Play with your kids.
  54. Watch a comedy special.
  55. Buy yourself a small gift for no reason.
  56. Put fresh flowers in your house.
  57. Invest in a planner and use it.
  58. Write down 3 things you are proud of and post it somewhere you will see it.
  59. Be creative…draw a picture, doodle, write, sew, crochet, create a new recipe, build something, paint furniture…Get those creative juices flowing in some way.
  60. Take your vitamins.
  61. Create and practice a morning selfcare routine.
  62. Create and practice a bedtime selfcare routine.
  63. Care for your skin.
  64. Ask for what you really want.
  65. Remove toxic people from your life.
  66. Get a water bottle that helps you drink more water.
  67. Have a special mug for your coffee or tea.
  68. Plan alone time, announce it to your family and require everyone to respect it, including yourself.
  69. Clean out your purse.
  70. Clean out your “mom” car.
  71. Hug someone.
  72. Stretch throughout your day to release tension from your muscles.
  73. Take a real lunch break instead of eating on the go.
  74. Connect with other moms.
  75. Indulge in a delicious treat with no guilt.
  76. Require your family to participate in the daily running of your home.
  77. Practice one small act of selfcare on a daily basis.
  78. Eat off of real dishes…hopefully on a night that someone else does the dishes.
  79. Listen to a podcast to learn something, be inspired or just get in a good laugh.
  80. Create a cozy spot in your home to relax in.
  81. Soak your feet.
  82. Give yourself a quick massage on a tense area.
  83. Moisturize your feet and cover them with soft socks.
  84. Require the members of your family to participate in the household chores.
  85. Check your schedule before your day begins. Knowing what to expect for the day will help reduce stress.
  86. Silently count to 5 before allowing yourself to respond to a stressful situation.
  87. Take a day off and allow yourself to be “lazy.”
  88. Make a fun todo list for yourself with things you normally don’t get to do.
  89. Smile.
  90. Wear an outfit that makes you feel fabulous.
  91. Send yourself flowers with a thank you note.
  92. Get yourself a subscription box of goodies. Set the schedule and forget about it. It will show up right when you need a sweet surprise.
  93.  Create a selfcare fund. Put an envelope in your sock drawer and add a dollar or more a day for 30 days. Use that money only for you.
  94. Make a list of 3 things you love about yourself and post it on your bathroom mirror.
  95. Put an emergency selfcare kit in your care. Hand cream, lip balm, nail file, lavender essential oil…whatever you need.
  96. Express your gratitude to your loved ones. It will remind you that you are loved.
  97. Wash your face. Every morning and every night.
  98. Drink 8 ozs of water when you first wakeup. It will get your systems going.
  99. Change or refresh your selfcare routine with something new. Try a new workout, add a new food to your diet, replace coffee with green tea.
  100. Spend quality time with someone you love…no cell phones allowed.

Which one will you do today?

Elisha Beach is a stay-at-home mom to four kids and four step-kids…Yes, you read that right—eight kids. She is a wife, home cook, taxi driver, herder of children, terrible housekeeper, selfcare advocate and founder of The Mom Forum. 

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