Being a mom can be rough! It’s exhausting trying to take care of your baby, your family, your home, your job…and what about yourself? A lot of the time, taking care of yourself comes in last on a mom’s to-do list. Taking 20 minutes to have some mom time will make a huge difference in your mental health and happiness. Check out this list of 10 self-care ideas for busy moms. Find 20 minutes and give yourself a little treat.
Here are 10 ideas for self-care for mom when you only have 20 minutes:
1. Paint Your Nails
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference in how you feel about how you are taking care of yourself. Before my son was born I ALWAYS had my nails painted. Now, it probably happens one or two times a month. When I do have them painted, I feel so much more feminine and put together.
2. Have a Glass of Wine
This is a great one if you want to have some time to yourself with your spouse. A glass of wine and some relaxation after the kids are asleep is a great way to wind down at night. There is always the option of hiding in the bathroom with a bottle if you want to have some wine and time to yourself. 😉
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3. Do a Quick Yoga Flow
Yoga can be great for getting a challenging workout…but it can also be a great way to calm your mind and relax your muscles. Doyogawithme.com has some great bedtime yoga sequences that will help you destress. There are also energizing flows to start your morning off right.
4. Give Yourself a Mini-facial
5. Read a Magazine
Remember the days of being 15 and laying in your bed with a teen magazine? Think about how fun and relaxing that was. Take 20 minutes to yourself, lay in bed (maybe with a cup of coffee or glass of wine!), and just flip mindlessly through the pages.
6. Listen to a Podcast
For moms who are too busy to find 20 minutes to spare – here’s a way to add self-care into your commute! Listen to a podcast in the car while you drive to work or out running errands. Stuff Mom Never Told You is one of my personal favorites, but there are a plethora of options out there. (I’d love to hear what other moms are listening too. Have a favorite podcast? Let me know in the comments!)
7. Watch a Sitcom
Most cheesy TV sitcoms are somewhere in the 20-30 minute range. Just the right about of time to sit back and have a giggle!
8. Go for a Walk
Here’s a way to cheat the system! You can have time to yourself, entertain a baby or toddler, and get exercise all at the same time. Put your little one in the stroller and go for a walk. They will have plenty to look at, so you can just clear your mind. You could even listen to a podcast while you walk for some added entertainment or educational value.
9. Call a Friend
Here’s another flashback to your teenage years! I don’t know about you, but my friends and I would just sit on the phone and talk for hours at a time. Now, it’s rare to have an actual conversation with one of them – you know, the kind that doesn’t involve typing. Take 15-20 minutes and just call a friend to catch up.
10. Do Your Make-up
Even if you are just sitting at home, there is nothing wrong with taking a few minutes to put on some mascara and lipstick. Just taking the time to do something for yourself will make you feel prettier and more confident. You deserve to feel your best.
Taking the time to take care of yourself is something that moms forget far too easily. Remember that a healthy, happy mama will lead to a happier healthier family! Find 20 minutes and do something for yourself…even if it’s just sitting and scrolling social media in a corner.
Mamas, what are your favorite quick self-care activities?