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5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms

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5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms

Busy moms forget to care for themselves most of the time, but let’s face it, who’s got the time or the money to think about self-care ideas? We’re so busy caring for the ones we love we never, or hardly ever, get around to caring for ourselves properly. These 5 cheap self-care ideas for moms will change that for you, some of them in 30 minutes or less.

We’re all busy, right? You better believe it!

We all should be taking better care of ourselves, right? Um, yes, we should!

Then why don’t we? I’ll tell you why. We are so busy taking better care of the ones we love that we either forget to include time for ourselves or we feel guilty when we do. Yes, I’m preaching to the choir on that last one. I actually feel guilty sometimes for taking a little time for myself.

Lately, I fight back against that guilt and do it anyway. And that’s exactly what you need to do too. Fill your cup, Mama! It’s empty!

5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas

  • A hot bath with essential oils…ALONE.

Yes, I’m absolutely giving you permission to lock that bathroom door, light some candles, and play some of your favorite music with your favorite pair of earbuds or headphones. Leave the kids with Dad for 30 minutes and just relax.

5 cheap self-care ideas for busy moms, mom taking a hot bath

A few of my bathtime favorite essential oils are lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. I also have a couple of great recipes for some bath salts that will make you feel like a new woman. You can get the recipes for those in How to Make Bath Salts for Gifts. They’re amazing!

  • Give your self a facial.

5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms, mom giving herself a facial

You can find some great DIY recipes online.  You’ll find a variety of different DIY facial masks for different skin needs in 8 Homemade Facial Masks to Rejuvenate Your Skin from The Nourished Life. If you’d rather not DIY your own facial, there are many prepackaged facials, out there to choose from.

  •   Kill some time watching a movie.

 5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms, mom watching a movie

Watch your favorite movie, a new movie, or a documentary about a topic that interests you. A couple of hours of uninterrupted movie time could be just the medicine you need to energize you.

  • Paint your nails.

5 Cheap Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms, mom painting nails

Here’s a great tutorial on How to DIY the Perfect Manicure at Home. And, if you don’t have time to paint them, my friend, Kim, is a Color Street consultant. If you haven’t heard of Color Street, you definitely need to know now. They’re kind of like stickers for your nails, but it’s nail polish strips that you don’t have to wait to dry or worry about scuffing.

  • Take some time to breathe.

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Coloring pages are a great way to unwind. Marydean Draws is an excellent website with some precious free bible verse coloring pages.

Crossword puzzles, search-a-words, reading a book, or learning to draw can also ease the tension everyday life brings.

When you’re taking care of a family, self-care should never be optional. If you have other ideas for self-care activities, I’d love to hear what they are. I’m always looking for new ways to pamper myself occasionally.

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