101 Ways to Practice Self-Care for Moms

101 Ways to Practice Self-Care for Moms

You need to take care of yourself.  I’m talking to you, mama.  You worry so much about taking care of everyone else, it’s easy to lose track of your own needs.  Think back to before you became a mom – what made you happy?  What little things did you do for yourself?  Do you still do those things?  If not, it’s time to start taking care of YOU again.  In conjunction with my #howsmama campaign, I’ve created the ultimate list of 101 ways to practice self-care for moms.  

Read this list.  Print this list.  Add to this list.  

Do what you gotta do.  Just remember to take care of YOU, mama.

  1. Buy yourself a new bath bomb.
  2. Schedule a photo-shoot for yourself.  No kids allowed.
  3. Buy yourself a new candle in a relaxing scent.
  4. Enjoy a cup of stress-relief tea.
  5. Swap your morning coffee for a tall glass of water.
  6. Go for a long walk by yourself.
  7. Get a massage.
  8. Say “yes” to dessert.
  9. Schedule your own doctor’s appointments for the next 6 months.
  10. Take a yoga class.
  11. Make your favorite dinner, something not kid-friendly.
  12. Go to Sephora and request a sample of a luxury product you’ve been dying to try.
  13. Ask for help.
  14. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.
  15. Have a dance party with your kids.
  16. Take a selfie and admire the things you love about yourself.
  17. Remember it’s okay to say “no.”  You don’t have to say “yes” to every social invitation.
  18. Buy yourself a good pair of walking shoes.
  19. Meditate.
  20. Write a handwritten letter to a friend.
  21. Make a to-do list, then check something off of that list.
  22. Use a Korean face mask.
  23. Take a 24 hour break from social media.
  24. Throw away your scale.
  25. Make a list of all the restaurants you want to try, then try one.  No repeats until you’ve checked them all off the list.
  26. Give up caffeine for 24 hours.
  27. Organize your closet and get rid of EVERYTHING that doesn’t fit.  It’s not healthy to hold on to clothes that are too big or too small.
  28. Go to bed before 9pm.
  29. Complete a DIY project you have saved to a Pinterest board.
  30. Look for the farthest parking spot, instead of the closest.
  31. Buy yourself a pair of great-fitting jeans.
  32. Go to the library alone.
  33. Get at least 5 minutes of fresh air each day, even it it’s just to check the mail.
  34. Watch a black and white movie.
  35. Subscribe to your favorite magazine.  There’s something about getting “fun” mail in-between all the bills.
  36. Listen to a new podcast.
  37. Splurge for an expensive haircut.
  38. Toss your expired makeup and replace it.
  39. Remove the word “diet” from your vocabulary.
  40. Ask your kids to tell you something they love about you.
  41. Take a hot bath once the kids are in bed.
  42. Bake an old family recipe.
  43. Schedule a moms night out with your girlfriends.
  44. Buy yourself flowers, or another plant to liven up your home.
  45. Use a planner to schedule your days.
  46. Compliment a complete stranger. It’s good for your soul. 
  47. Read a book.
  48. Practice being more patient.
  49. Get your eyebrows done.  Or make the time to do them yourself.
  50. Watch a comedy special.  Laughter is the best medicine.
  51. Plant a garden.
  52. Stop listening to unsolicited advice.
  53. Organize something.
  54. Buy yourself new, hotel-quality sheets.
  55. Start a journal or a blog.
  56. Plan a grown-up vacation.
  57. Listen to classical music.
  58. Learn something new.  You can learn just about anything on YouTube.
  59. Go to a farmer’s market and stock up on fresh produce for the week.
  60. Forgive yourself for something you’ve done.
  61. Forgive someone else.
  62. Hire someone to clean your house.
  63. Write down one thing a day that you like about yourself.
  64. Get professionally fitted by a bra specialist.
  65. Stay the night at a hotel (with no kids) and just sleep.
  66. Buy yourself new pajamas
  67. Call an old friend.
  68. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  69. Delete old emails.
  70. Send your kids to a babysitter for the night and then sleep in.
  71. Tell your kids a story from your childhood.
  72. Draw or paint a picture.
  73. Detox in an epsom salt bath.
  74. Do a sudoku puzzle.
  75. Turn off all electronics after 9pm.
  76. Drink more water.
  77. Watch your favorite childhood movie with your kids.
  78. Update your résumé . 
  79. Buy yourself new underwear.
  80. Listen to a new Pandora station (my favorite is Frank Sinatra).
  81. Light your favorite incense
  82. Enjoy the sunlight, and wear a good sunscreen.
  83. Practice oil pulling.
  84. Explore a new park with your kids.
  85. Take a drive to somewhere new, even if it’s to a new neighborhood in your area.
  86. Get rid of unwanted items taking up space in your home.
  87. Visit a museum.
  88. Take a nap with your kids.
  89. Dream big and then make a plan to accomplish those dreams.
  90. Refuse to participate in negative conversations.
  91. Whiten your teeth.
  92. Make a list of accomplishments you’re proud of.
  93. Choose a dream vacation and start saving for it the old-fashioned way: with a piggy bank.
  94. Stop caring what other people think.
  95. Remove negative people from your social media feeds.
  96. Cancel your cable, or at the very least delete your DVR recordings.  You don’t need an extra task on your to-do list.
  97. Prep your kitchen for a week’s worth of healthy food.
  98. Print your favorite pictures of your family and display them around your home.
  99. Meal plan.
  100. Introduce your kids to one of your favorite hobbies or passions.
  101. Find 101 things you love about yourself.


101 Ways to Practice Self-Care for Moms

25 thoughts on “101 Ways to Practice Self-Care for Moms

  1. Such a great list. I am strong believer in self-care for busy mamas! I need to tackle that DIY Pinterest idea I’ve been eyeing!

  2. Great post! & So important! I actually love #59…going to the market & getting produce and fresh foods is so rejuvenating to me. I can’t wait til the weather warms up so I can start going again!

    1. It feels good for so many reasons…1. you get out and get fresh air and sunlight 2. you’re supporting local businesses and 3. you are buying yourself healthy food! Win win win!

  3. Great list! I’m a big believer in buying awesome sheets (you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, might as well make it great!). And I’m going to call and make an appointment for a massage!

  4. Aww I love this! You’re so right. Mamas get so caught up in the family (which is great), but we suffer greatly too! I make sure I workout daily and take a shower. Those are my favorite things to do (even though I still have little humans watching me!) LOL.

    1. Lol, my tiny humans are always either watching me shower, or in the shower with me. Who knew a solo shower was such a luxury?!

  5. Great list. I just started a G.N.O. (Girl’s Night Out) group of all my favorite girlfriends as most are moms and just as busy with life as I am. We have a goal to get together once a month for dinner and a night out. It’s the best.

  6. 94 is probably one of the hardest on the list, but also one of the most important, and will have the largest positive impact, in my opinion. So many great ideas on this list, thank you so much for sharing it!

    1. It’s so hard to stop caring what people think, but once you do, life is SO MUCH BETTER! Trust me. 🙂

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