36 Free Self Care Ideas for the Overwhelmed Mom

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It has been a crazy few weeks in the Miller house, and this coming month looks as busy as the last. With all that running around, time for self-care can be diminished and the family budget gets gobbled up quickly. So, what are some out of the box, free self-care ideas for the times the budget is tight?


The good

The best part of this is there are no rules to self-care, and it doesn’t have to break your budget to pay yourself a little attention. Even on the busiest days, I can squeeze out 5 minutes to do something for myself.

When you make your own care a priority and take that time for yourself you will find places to carve out more and more time for yourself.  Taking my 5 minutes has become a quick mommy break where I can regroup and come back refreshed. No need to feel guilty, I own those 5 minutes and crave that time.

The difficult

I can’t call this the bad, because there is nothing bad about taking care of your needs and desires. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to peel yourself away from other things and focus some time on your needs. This is where scheduling your self-care can come in handy.

Another pain point can be budgeting for certain things you need to do. There are times where the family budget just doesn’t allow for professional facials, pedicures, or even haircuts. I know I’m not alone in this. Sometimes what we need most is a way to feel like more than just a mom, while practicing some free self-care.


So here are some of the best free self-care ideas

  1. Re-read a favorite book
  2. Borrow a book from the library
  3. Take a long, relaxing bath or shower
  4. Have a conversation with a friend about something that lifts your mind
  5. Journal your thoughts. Journals don’t need to be fancy, a notebook you have laying around or even the notes section in your phone will work perfectly.
  6. Watch your favorite movie
  7. Listen to music
  8. Have a dance party
  9. Take a walk with a friend or family
  10. Play on your favorite app
  11. Organize your closet or dresser
  12. Organize or clean something that hasn’t been bothering you
  13. Take a nap
  14. Declutter your computer, desk, or any area that is a clutter catcher.
  15. Sit in the sun (don’t forget your sunscreen)
  16. Make a special meal for your family
  17. Watch some ‘guilty pleasure tv’. You know, the show you hate to admit you love.
  18. Do something or wear something that makes you feel beautiful.
  19. Have your spouse or partner give you a massage
  20. Soak our feet in some epsom salt and/ or essential oils
  21. Play a board game with your kids or spouse
  22. Put your phone away and unplug from social media
  23. Cuddle your kids or spouse.
  24. Do some deep breathing exercises
  25. Find a yoga routine or workout on YouTube.
  26. Watch your favorite YouTube creators videos.
  27. Go to bed early
  28. Compliment a stranger
  29. Paint your nails
  30. Do something different with your hair or makeup.
  31. Work on a craft project you have started
  32. Flip through pictures and reminisce
  33. Read your favorite blogs, leave a comment for the writer
  34. Rearrange your furniture
  35. Delegate chores to others, try not to hover or micromanage how they do it.
  36. Volunteer for an organization dear to your heart.

Low Cost Ideas You Will Love

If you’re craving something a bit more, you can easily spend very little money and pamper yourself.

  1. Do a sheet mask.  These Tony Moly ones are my favorite and very affordable.
  2. Make a bath soak or scrub.  My pinterest board is filled with tons of ideas.
  3. Make “Goodness Bags” to pass out to those in need.
  4. Rent a bunch of movies and have a Movie Night with your family. Don’t forget the popcorn & treats
  5. Meet a friend for coffee, drinks, or dinner
  6. Plan a girls night in with some fellow moms

Never forget

Your needs are important enough to be priority in your life.  It’s ok to ask for help, it’s ok to feel overwhelmed, and it’s ok to take time for your own needs. Even if you can only spare 5 minutes, take it and run. You deserve it.


Want more self care ideas as well as a schedule worksheet to see where you can fit in your 5 minutes? Just fill out the form below.

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  1. Erika

    June 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I loved this. Specially #33 🙂

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