25 Ways to Practice Self-Care After Kids Go To Bed are simple, lost cost solutions to get more self-care back into your life.
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I remember when I first got pregnant, I swore nothing would be different. It’s just a little baby, how much could life really change. Fast forward, five years, and life has determined that to be a lie. Parenting has been the most challenging, yet most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, within the last year or so, I’ve pushing for me more.
I struggled with undiagnosed postpartum depression and anxiety with my first and diagnosed, but worse the second time around. One thing that didn’t click with me for the longest time was that I was doing nothing for self-care. Before having kids, there was so many little things that I would do that there no longer seemed to be time for. Thankfully, with the help of some amazing people who came into my life over the last two years, I’m prioritizing self-care.
My friend Alice said it best when she said that prioritizing herself is important “so that I can be my best self for others too.” That includes our family, friends, co-workers and anyone that we come in contact with throughout the day.
Today, I wanted to share with you 25 Ways to Practice Self-Care After Kids Go To Bed
We asked some of our favorite mom friends for their self-care ideas that help them the most. All of these ideas are low-cost or free things that you can do in your own home after the kids go to bed. I’m fully aware that for many, leaving the house isn’t an option. But there’s still plenty of ways to practice self-care.
- Make Homemade Hot Chocolate, make sure to add extra marshmallows (and maybe some Baileys)
- Take A Bubble Bath (add in some DIY Bath Bombs for even more relaxation)
- Try a DIY Exfoliating Salt Scrub
- Put Earbuds in and listen to your favorite podcast or music while blocking out all other noise
- Do your nails with a simple polish or get a gel look
- Take class on YouTube – like yoga, learn how to cook something new, crocheting tutorial, etc)
- Binge your favorite show or classic favorite teenage movie
- Rearrange a Space to give it a new look and new feel
- Color Under a Fort (it still makes you just as happy as it did when you were 10)
- Declutter a Space
- Re-learn how to breathe using a breathing app
- Journal your thoughts
- Read a book you’ve been wanting to for the longest time
- “Window-shop” on Amazon and make a wishlist of cool things you find
- Bake Something that makes you happy to eat
- Make something that brings our your artistic side (painting, needlework, sewing)
- Enhance the smell of your house by using essential oils in a diffuser or burning incense
- Play music that takes you back to a fun and happy time
- Do a 10-20 minute workout from a YouTube video (Zumba is a fun one)
- Deep condition your hair or do a mud mask facial
- Listen to a motivational speaker
- Just sit for a few minutes in silence (this is paired well with #13)
Just find a way to get a few minutes in every day.
I get it. Taking time for yourself isn’t easy. But you owe it to yourself to attempt to take a few minutes each day and do something for yourself. These are all ways that you can practice self-care without ever leaving your house and that cost little to nothing.