How do overwhelmed moms take care of themselves? Check out these 20 free ideas to make the most of those unscheduled moments and zen out!
Being a parent is both the toughest and most rewarding job out there. And, it feels much tougher and much less rewarding the more stressed you are. We hear all the time that if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we can’t take care of our kids, but how do you take care of yourself on limited time and financial resources?
Here’s a list to get you started – 20 free things you can do (some of which involve your kids) that will help you take better care of yourself.
20 Free Ways for Overwhelmed Moms to Take Care of Themselves
- Go for a walk. Getting outside is a big mood-booster for overwhelmed moms. Try getting up early enough to walk on your own, or incorporate an after dinner walk with the kids.
- Work out/practice yoga. You know exercise is good for your body, but it’s great for your brain. Exercise releases endorphins that give you a positive outlook. Yoga has all the same great benefits of exercise with the added perk of being relaxing.
- Schedule a play date. Snag some quality adult time with a friend while your kids keep each other entertained. ‘Nuff said.
- Read. Sometimes I read quality books, other times I read fluff. But I always escape into the story. And that’s just what I need sometimes.
- Bake or cook. Kneading dough is a great way to release some aggression – just saying…
- Go the park and hop on a swing. I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t love the park. When you go, don’t just sit on the bench and watch. Go over and hop on a swing. Trust me – it is just as much fun as when you were a kid.
- Take a bath. Light a candle, use some lavender bath salts, or find something else that is a little special. Focus on your breathing, and let the warmth release your tension.
- Trade massages with your partner. Back, feet – you choose. Hey, I’ve even been known to massage my own feet in a pinch.
- Color! Adult coloring is all the rage, and the day I discovered that my kids and I could sit and color together quietly for 45 minutes, my mind was blown.
- Go for a drive. When you’re feeling cooped up in the house, hop in the car. It doesn’t have to be a long drive, just take advantage of the change of pace.
- Phone a friend. I’m terrible at calling my friends – we text plenty and communicate on social media, but that’s not enough. After your kids are in bed, call a friend and catch up. The voice-to-voice contact will give you a great boost of energy.
- Laugh! Think about the last good belly laugh you had. Didn’t it feel great? Find something you think is funny, whether it’s a comedian’s routine on YouTube or com, and just laugh!
- Be creative. You don’t have to be good. Grab your camera and snap some artsy pictures. Draw the scene out your front window. Finger paint with your kids. Tapping into your creative side is never a bad thing.
- Help others. Doing something to help other people has a wonderful secondary effect of making you feel fantastic. Pick a favorite cause and spend some time focusing on others.
- Meditate. Sometimes clearing your mind is the only way to achieve calm. There are many great meditation videos online if you need a little help getting started.
- Clean/organize/purge. Getting rid of clutter is cathartic. Set aside 15 minutes each day for a week to get organized and get rid of stuff you don’t need. You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish in just a few short bursts!
- Join a group. Book club, PTA, a mom’s walking group on Facebook. Find something that you enjoy and be a joiner.
- Cuddle a pet or go to the pet store. Self-explanatory.
- Visit the library. The library has lots of wonderful programs for your kids, and you might even be able to sneak away for a few minutes to find a book or two you’d like to read!
- Take a nap. The ultimate luxury. Just do it.
Taking care of yourself is critical, but it doesn’t have to be done by yourself. Finding ways to incorporate joy into your everyday makes a big difference in how you feel, and hopefully these ideas will get you started.
15 thoughts on “20 Free Ways for Overwhelmed Moms to Take Care of Themselves”
This is awesome. I often forget myself when taking care of all my kids and need to get better on this!
The walk, the nap, and especially a good dose of laughter are my favorite “self-care” practices. I love that you added so many that require no financial investment whatsoever. Many times I feel like people try to tell me that I have to go pay $$ for self-care (manis, pedis, spa days, coffee shops, etc.) when you’ve nailed more than a dozen that are absolutely and beautifully free!! :)
These are all such great tips! Taking a drive or getting an adult coloring book are my favorites!
Nap gives me a migraine so I always go for a walk instead. These are great ways to free your worry mind a little bit.
Going for a walk or a drive is something that is really effective to drive away the blues. It gives a fresh perspective and suddenly things fall into place.
I am all about this! Happy wife, happy life. So important, especially around the holidays.
It is so important to remember to take some time out for ourselves when we can. I like to relax in a hit bath with a good book.
These are really good ideas. I homeschool my daughter and I work from home full time..I barely get a second to myself. (shower!!) I have gotten to where I get up earlier than anyone else, and take the time to savor a cup of coffee and read my devotional. It’s the one thing I do for myself daily.
Yoga is my stress relief. Not only does it calm my mind but it also make my body feel awesome! Even 10 minutes renews my mood!
A nap sounds incredible right now. These are all great tips. I’m a fan of going for a walk, even with the kids along it helps.
Utmost importance to take care of yourself and feed your soul. I love my walks when weather permits to clear the head.
These are great. A play date where you can talk to a adult while the kids entertain themselves is always great to destress.
I try so hard to make some bit of time for myself. I request that i have no interruptions etc, but I think kiddos, at least mine, just automatically come to me for everything! I don’t think I will have some peace until my kiddos are all gone from my home ☺
It’s so important to relax and unwind on a regular basis. I like to go for a walk. It’s not only good for the body but it’s also relaxing for the mind too!
I don’t understand people that don’t take some time for themselves. Especially moms! I need refreshers here and there!
I am all about coloring. Crazy huh? I discovered it last year and besides a book and some warm tea, coloring is one of my fave ways to chill and relax. Do people still say “chillax”? Just a few minutes to myself and I’m recharged and ready to conquer the next task.
I like your list! Reading usually helps me. That, or walking. But reading and shoving chocolate in my face usually helps me to unwind!
I like to start each day with 15 minutes of quiet with my coffee. It’s a great way to clear out some mental junk and start the day fresh.
Going for a walk really helps me recharge. Sometimes just a quick 5 minute walk is all I need to get back on track.