It is in a woman’s nature to look after others, we are the nurturers. It is so important that we, as woman, take care of ourselves, especially if we are moms too. We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup” so we need to ensure that our cups are full in order to look after our children and run our households efficiently (while still keeping ourselves sane). Very often we are also running our own businesses or working full time.
Taking time out to relax and pamper ourselves on a regular basis with some self-care should be a to priority. The facts are that the more happy and relaxed we are the better we will be able to manage all of our daily tasks and we will be able to be a better parent too.
Our schedules may be tight but taking a few minutes each day to indulge in some self-care will certainly pay off.
Here are some 30 simple and quick self-care ideas for women that can be squeezed into a busy day:
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Take A Relaxing Bath
Taking a long hot soak in the bath at the end of a long and tiring day can make all the difference. You can treat yourself with your favourite bath oils or bath bombs. Alternatively if you have no luxurious bath products left you can have a bicarbonate of soda bath. There are so many benefits associated with a bicarbonate of soda bath. It is great to soften your skin and it has a detoxifying effect.
Mix 1/2 a cup of bicarbonate of soda with 1/2 a cup of Epsom salt and add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Lavender oil is amazing for relaxation and it will also help you to sleep well.
Take A Moment To Say A Positive Affirmation
You may feel that saying a positive affirmation is “wishy washy” and won’t have any effect on your life or your mental well-being but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. Take a moment in your day to think about how you engage in negative self-talk and the impact that makes on your life.
Shave Your Legs
Shaving your legs will make you feel like a new person, even in winter if nobody gets to see or feel your silky smooth legs. You may prefer to shave or wax, whatever your preferred hair removal method is go for it.
Make sure to apply your favourite body lotion afterwards – this will keep your skin moisturized and in good condition, it will also make you feel great.
Paint Your Nails
Nothing makes a women feel better than having gorgeous nails. Get your nails painted and add some funky nail art to really stand out. You can have fun at home doing it yourself or go and have them professionally done.
Drink A Morning Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get in all the important nutrition you need while on the go. Make sure to have 80% vegetables to 20% fruit, add some ice, peanut butter, almond milk and aloe extract for an amazing health smoothie that will give you all the energy you need for the day.
Read A Book For An Hour
When was the last time you relaxed with a good book? Chances are its been a long time. If you love reading this self-care idea is a must do! Take an hour for yourself to curl up with a book.
Give Yourself A Facial
Yes you can pamper yourself and go for a facial, but the process of doing it yourself can be very soothing and the process of caring for yourself can make such a difference to how you feel about yourself.
It also takes less time if you do it yourself at home, so if you are always on the go and have a busy lifestyle find 20 minutes in the day for a very quick facial. It can be as simple as cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. If you have more time on your hands you can give yourself a full facial.
Meditate For 20 Minutes
Meditation comes with many amazing benefits. Everyone can benefit from regular meditation and if you are constantly on the go with a busy mind you have to give it a go.
Meditation will help you to find inner peace and to be more present. You will feel more grounded and self aware. If you have never meditated before you may struggle to get started. It may be a lot easier for you to start with a guided meditation, there are plenty online that you can follow – just head over to Youtube and you will find plenty of inspiration.
Get A Manicure
Having beautiful manicured hands will make you feel very special. You will get a hand massage which helps with your circulation which improves your joint mobility.
Manicures look great but they also improve the health of your nails and reduces the chances of you developing fungi or an infection.
Make sure to have some organic hand cream to keep your hands looking good for a long time afterwards.
Walk In Nature
Get outside and take a walk in nature. If you are near the beach that would make for a wonderful walk, yes even in colder weather – it will be revitalizing. If you are nowhere near a beach try for a mountain walk or anywhere that is close to nature. If you have a young baby put her in the stroller and try to find a nice place to walk that has a good surface for you to push the pram.
Walking has many amazing benefits including fitness and stress relief.
Give Yourself A Dead Sea Mud Face Mask Treatment
Dead Sea Mud Face Masks contain high concentrations of minerals that will rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking young. It hydrates your skin and gets rid of acne, so what’s not to like?
According to all the beauty gurus a dead sea mud face mask is the best you can get when it comes to treating your skin. So go ahead and spoil yourself.
Listen To Your Favourite Song and Dance
Listening to your favourite song will get the good vibes pumping and the happiness flowing. Get up and dance to your favourite tune, it won’t take much time out of your day to dance to one song but it can change your entire outlook and fill you with positivity for the day.
Have A Pedicure
Having a pedicure is always an awesome treat! Many of us moms just don’t have the time available to care properly for our feet and land up with cracked heels and feet in poor condition. Going for a pedicure is not only a luxury, it also cares for your feet and gets your foot health back on track. Any woman that has had cracked heels knows that it is not just unsightly, it can also become quite painful.
Having regular pedicures will make you feel special and you won’t need to be embarrassed by your feet! Having pretty painted nails is a big bonus too.
Have Lunch With The Girls
Having lunch with your close girlfriends will always make you feel better. You can catch up on each other’s lives, share your disappointments, your triumphs and have a great laugh.
If you are a busy mom it isn’t always easy making time to see your friends without kids but it really will do you the world of good, so make sure to make that date!
Get A New Hairstyle
There’s a reason why so many women have their hair cut into a new style when they really need a pick me up and positive change. Having a new style will boost your esteem plus having you hair washed, cut and styled is always a super pamper session, especially when they give you a quick head massage while washing your hair.
If you get your hair done try and line it up with going out with the girls for lunch for a super feel good day!
Writing can be seriously therapeutic. Writing down your feelings, your thoughts, your goals and your dreams in a journal can help you to work through whatever is going on for you at the time.
Journalling first thing in the morning and last thing at night can be a very powerful tool and help you with your mental health.
Go For A Massage
You may think that going for a massage is only about being pampered, and yes that is a big part, let’s face it massages are amazing. The truth though is that massage comes with many amazing health benefits that may surprise you.
Massage can help to alleviate migraines, lower your stress levels, improve your circulation, reducing anxiety, improve your sleep,. improve injuries and many more benefits.
So if you are looking for a valid excuse (not that you need one) there are more than enough to choose from!
Write A Gratitude List
It is so easy to get caught up with life’s challenges and to sink into despair over what is going wrong. Have you ever written a gratitude list and taken stock of what you do have in your life?
You may be amazed at how many wonderful things you have in comparison to the things that are bothering you. Writing a gratitude list is a great exercise to do on a regular basis.
As with massage, reflexology is a pamper session that has amazing health benefits. Reflexology boosts your circulation. increases energy, stimulates nerve function, eliminates toxins from the body, speeds up recovery after an injury and relieves depression as well as many more benefits.
What’s not to like right?
Do A Yoga Session
Yoga has many great health benefits to offer you. It will keep you physically strong and toned, plus it is great for your mental health too. Yoga also improves your breathing which is essential for good health.
You will feel great after a yoga session – you can join a class or even more convenient, find a great Youtube video and do it in the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient for you at no cost at all!
Colour Your Hair
You can go and have your hair professionally done or you can do it yourself at home for a fraction of the cost. You will be amazed at how you feel when you step out with a fresh new look.
You may have some grey you want to cover up or you just want to have a change, either way you will feel great.
Watch A Chick Flick On Your Own
Grab some popcorn and bring out the chocolates and watch a film entirely of your choosing. It may be a chick flick, a comedy or anything else that you love.
If its winter bring out the blankets and cushions for a comfortable experience.
Get Your Eyebrows & Eyelashes Done
Having your eyebrows waxed and tinted as well as your eyelashes tinted makes you look like you have makeup on all the time – just add a dash of lipstick on and you will look amazing.
It doesn’t take long to have it done and it isn’t expensive at all. Totally worth the little effort to look incredible.
Put On Some Makeup – Even If You Are Home Alone
Spend some time playing with your makeup and try out a new look at home. Making yourself look beautiful is not just for what other people see when you go out, it is for yourself too.
Buy Yourself A New Outfit
If you hardly ever spoil yourself then go out and buy yourself a new outfit. There’s nothing quite like having a new outfit that really flatters you and that you feel comfortable in. Make a point of doing this regularly – especially if you are a mom that has not bought anything new for a long time.
26 Have A Day Nap
If you are always on the go and putting everyone else and their needs before your own why not just give in one day and take it easy. Put on your pajamas and climb into bed for a little snooze. It feels great to have a nap every now and then to get back some of your energy for yourself.
Have A Social Media Free Day
Social media is great fun but very often we get so consumed by what is happening online that it can take over our days and our mind. Get off of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and whatever other social media you are a member of. Turn it off and ignore it for the day.
Rather connect with people face to face or phone a friend to have a real conversation. You will be amazed at how much more free time you have and how nice it is to be free of the drama and distractions.
Give Your Hair A Coconut Oil Treatment
Coconut oil is an amazing, all natural product that you can use for so many things from cooking, to beauty and weight loss! It is also incredible for moisturizing and nourishing your hair.
Coconut oil assists with hair growth and using it regularly will make a huge impact on the health of your hair.
It is not complicated to use coconut oil for your hair. Simply melt a small amount (you can even do this in your hands) and massage it into your scalp and in your hair. Leave it on for a few hours, or even better leave it on overnight, before washing it out the next day. Your hair will thank you for it, especially in the hot summer months.
Drink Some Green Tea
Green tea is one of the healthiest things that you can drink. It improves brain function and increases your physical performance as we all provides numerous other health benefits including having weight loss capabilities.
Drinking green tea may even make you live longer.
Go To Bed Early
Being constantly on the go and staying up late to get things finished is not healthy for you. Yes you may have deadlines and you may have things you need to complete – this is inevitable but every now and then give yourself an early night to give yourself a break.