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If there’s one thing all moms just don’t have enough of, it’s time. Am I right, ladies?

I mean, how in the world are you supposed to find time for self-care when you barely have time to drink a hot cup of coffee in the morning?

I hear you, trust me, I do, but self-care (aka – taking care of your own wellbeing) is essential to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

(Learn more about why moms NEED self-care.)

What you need are some simple yet practical ideas for self-care that don’t take a lot of time or effort.

Don’t worry, mama. I’ve got your back with these easy-peasy 5-minute, 10-minute, and 15-minute ideas for self-care that you can do with minimal effort.


5-Minute Ideas for Self-Care

  • Listen to your favorite song.
  • Meditate for 5 minutes.
  • Hug someone you love.
  • Watch a couple of lighthearted TikTok videos. (If you’re looking to cut back on social media use, good for you! Read this to get started.)
  • Cuddle your dog or cat.
  • Read a few self-care quotes.
  • Indulge in something sweet.
  • Make that doctor, dentist, or OBGYN appointment that you’ve been putting off.
  • Write down 3-5 things that you love about your life.
  • Recite your daily affirmations.
  • Light a candle or use an essential oil diffuser.
  • Write a to-do list.
  • Drink a big glass of water.
  • Try a new beauty product.
  • Read your horoscope.
  • Sit in the sun.
  • Put on your comfiest clothes.
  • Make your bed.
  • Write down 3-5 things that you’re grateful for.

10-Minute Ideas for Self-Care

  • Do some stretching.
  • Water your plants.
  • Enjoy a warm cup of tea or hot coffee.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Eat a healthy snack.
  • Do a facemask.
  • Flip through a magazine.
  • Go outside and pick some flowers.
  • Take a 10-minute dance break.
  • Find a place where you can sit in silence, even if that place is the bathroom with the door locked or your parked car on the driveway.
  • Play an instrument.
  • Work on learning a new language with a quick Duolingo lesson.
  • Apply and massage in some body lotion.
  • Watch the clouds.
  • Make a healthy smoothie.
  • Give yourself a scalp massage.
  • Hang up the apron and order takeout.
  • Write down 3-5 life goals. (If you want to go further, learn how to make a vision for your future to plan for a mom life that you’ll love.)

15-Minute Ideas for Self-Care

  • Listen to a TED Talk.
  • Read a chapter of a book or listen to a chapter of an audiobook.
  • Phone a friend to check-in.
  • Do a 15-minute yoga sesh.
  • Take a little soak in the tub. (Try this lavender coconut milk bath recipe!)
  • Paint your nails.
  • Whip out the colored pencils for some coloring or doodling.
  • Tidy up your workspace.
  • Take a stroll around the block.
  • Gather items from around the house for a donation.
  • Ride your bike around the neighborhood.
  • Sip and savor a glass of wine.
  • Call your mom or dad.
  • Do a crossword puzzle, word search, or sudoku.
  • Sweat it out with a quick workout.
  • Write a “thinking of you” card and mail it to someone you love.
  • Spend 15 minutes doing your favorite hobby. Need some inspiration? Try one of these 75 hobbies that are perfect for moms.
  • Take a power nap.

There’s no denying how much you already have on your plate, but it’s so important to take even just 5 minutes a day for yourself. Take the time to do something that makes you feel good.

Remember, self-care shouldn’t feel like a chore. So if the thought of doing something from this list stresses you out, skip it.

So, mama, do you have any quick ideas for self-care that I missed? Share them with us in the comments below!

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