We’ve been hearing a lot about self care lately, and there’s a reason for it! Self care is so important for us to be able to keep ourselves healthy.
Also, a lot of people think that self care is just bubble baths and manicures, and it very well could be but it doesn’t have to. Self care can be many things.
So what exactly is self-care? According to Lexico.com self-care is “The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”
I think this gives a good idea about the overall point of self care. So now that we know that, let’s get into more details.
First of all, let’s talk about the types of self care. There are 5 main types of self care that we are going to talk about, so let’s jump in!
This involves self care that has to do with your physical wellbeing. This could be exercise, eating better, sleep habits, etc. Pretty much anything that has to do with supporting your body and how it functions
This involves self care that caters to your emotions. This could be journaling your feelings, doing something as stress relief, showing kindness to others, etc.
This involves self care that has to do with growing ourselves. This could be reading a self help book, listening to a personal growth podcast, watching an educational documentary, etc. Anything that you do as self care that helps your grow as a person will fall under this category.
This involves self care that has to do with your religious beliefs or your values. This could be listening to a podcast, reading a book or the Bible, praying, etc.
This involves self care that has to do with your social well being and people around you. This could be calling a friend, going on a walk with friends, talking with your spouse, etc.
Now that we know what types of self care there are, let’s get into some examples of self care. I’m going to list and talk a little about 10 of my favorites but be sure to check out the free printable of 50 free self care ideas for moms.
10 Free Self Care Ideas
Baths are my go-to form of self-care. I typically take a hot bath with epsom salts and essential oils but I’ll occasionally take a bubble bath. There’s something just so relaxing about a bath. It can also be a great way to detox or soothe sore muscles.
Read a Book
I’ll admit that as a mom I don’t have a ton of time to read, but I do love reading. It’s nice to be able to take time by yourself and read a book in the quiet.
Some of my favorite books right now are: The Postnatal Depletion Cure, Boss Up!, and 5 Love Languages. I’m hoping to do a post next month about my favorite books so stay tuned for that.
Journaling can help you get your feelings and emotions out. It can help you better process them.
As moms we have a lot of feelings going on all the time. This is a great self care idea for moms.
I’ve created a free printable that includes a weekly journal page. This is an area for you to write down how you are feeling and things you are thinking. Be sure to check it out!
Music is therapeutic. You can listen to relaxing music, calm music, or even upbeat music. Whatever mood you are in, there is music to go with it and it can help so much.
I know everyone has blasted music and danced around to make themselves feel better.
This one is hard for me but sometimes it’s necessary. This just means to turn off your phone, computer, TV, and any other electronics. This would be a good time to read a book or take a bath.
There are so many distractions from technology that we can sometimes get overwhelmed. This is why it’s so important to take a break sometimes.
Get those endorphins flowing! I know for some people exercise can be stress relief. It can also just be a way to make ourselves feel better. I know I always feel better after I exercise, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
Listen to a Podcast
I love podcasts! They can be so educational or just entertaining. Listening to a podcast can fulfil your emotional, intellectual, or spiritual self care. I enjoy listening to them in the car, on a walk, or while I exercise.
Check out my 5 favorite podcasts here!
If you haven’t heard of brain dumping don’t worry, I hadn’t either until recently. Basically it’s where you sit down and write out everything you have running through your mind. It could be things you need to do, ideas you have, goals, or anything really.
The idea is to get everything out of your mind so that you have room to think and focus without worrying about forgetting something.
I think this is such a great self care idea for moms because we have so much going on all the time. This has helped me so much with being able to focus and not getting as overwhelmed by tasks.
Call a Friend
“You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on”
You know you just sang that in your head! But seriously, calling a friend can be a great form of self care. They can help you walk through things you have going on or they can just help distract you or remind you of what’s truly important.
There’s something about being outside that just makes people happy. If the weather is nice, it can be a great form of self care to just sit outside and enjoy nature. It can also be a time to read a book or listen to a podcast. Another perk of sitting outside is that you’ll get some vitamin D which most people need more of. It’s a win win!
Now that you know some of my favorite forms of self care, what are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
Another one of my favorite forms of self care is watching YouTube videos, check out our 10 Favorite Youtube Channels for Moms.