Finding the time to practice self care for busy moms can be hard.
At times, it can even feel impossible.
Thankfully, there are simple activities that you can do at home that will help you to take care of yourself, even with little to no time for you.
Self care is so very important, but often neglected by moms. Because let’s face it, raising kids is hard and time consuming.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to set aside time and energy to recharge.
That’s why today I’m sharing eleven easy self care activities that even the busiest moms can fit into their hectic day.
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.
5 Minute Self Care Activities For Busy Moms
Honestly, I think this is one activity that gets put on the back burner a lot for moms.
There’s just so much other stuff to do.
Taking care of the baby/kids.
Dishes to be washed. Laundry to be done.
The list goes on and on.
But even a fast, five minute shower will make any mom feel so much better. About herself, and about life.
Even if you don’t have enough time to take a long, hot shower or bath, do yourself a favor and try to squeeze in a quick five minute shower.
2. Face Mask
This self care activity may or may not take exactly five minutes for moms, depending on the type of mask you get.
Regardless, face masks typically do not need to stay on long.
And they make you feel so good about yourself!
3. Skin Care Routine
Most skin care routines do not have to take longer than five minutes to complete.
You can do something simple like wash your face off, use a cleanser, apply moisturizer.
Whatever it is you like to do for your skin, you can probably accomplish it within five minutes.
And you’ll feel so much better for it.
I’m currently using the skin care products in this spa set, and loving them!
4. Put on Makeup
Even if you don’t have time to go through your full makeup regime, five minutes is enough time to put on at least a little bit of makeup.
If you aren’t a makeup person, that’s totally fine.
But I do know putting on a little bit of makeup every day helps a lot of moms feel more like themselves.
So even if you can’t do everything you’d like to do, take five minutes to put on a little mascara.
I know, this doesn’t sound like a five minute thing.
But a quick massage is a great self care activity for moms who don’t have a lot of time to devote to themselves.
I got this massager for Christmas, and it is so great!
It works on your neck, shoulders, back, and legs. And it feels so good!
Even five minutes of using this makes me feel so much better. Especially on the days when my neck and shoulder muscles get really tight.
Believe it or not, you can get in a little reading in your spare five minutes.
Reading is so beneficial for moms, whether it’s an hour or a few minutes here and there.
Stick a book in your bag and read while you’re waiting to pick up your kids from school, or waiting at appointments.
Set a timer for five minutes during your day and read a few pages.
You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it is, and how much reading you can get done in five minutes.
7. Self Reflect/Meditate
Whether you’re into meditating or not, taking a few minutes to sit in the quiet and reflect is very beneficial for your health–mentally and physically.
If you’re laughing right now and saying, “what quiet?!” I hear you.
It can be hard to find quiet time while raising kids and taking care of a family.
Do your kids get up at about the same time every day? Try waking up a few minutes earlier to have some quiet time to yourself before your day starts.
Or, take a few minutes before bed, after the kids are asleep.
If you have a newborn or baby who nurses during the night, this late night/early morning time nursing may be the perfect time to spend reflecting.
While you probably won’t be able to take a five minute nap, taking five minutes to rest can do wonders.
Self care doesn’t have be hard or extravagant for moms.
Just taking a few minutes to sit and rest can help to give you more energy.
9. Tidy Up
I know, this might not sound like a self care activity for moms.
But the truth is, some moms do enjoy tidying things up around the house.
If that’s not you, that’s totally fine. But if it is, this is a great way to help yourself feel better.
No one wants to live in an untidy house. Taking a few minutes to tidy up a room can help you feel better about life, and help you to be more productive!
10. Get Dressed
Many moms find themselves so busy raising kids that they end up in their pajamas all day.
While that is perfectly fine if it works for you, taking the time to get dressed every day can help you to feel better and to be more productive.
You don’t have to spend a ton of time on it, either.
Just throwing on some jeans and a t-shirt is often enough to get you feeling like you can get through the day.
Just taking a walk around your house or yard can help you feel energized and refreshed.
If you have more than five minutes, go for a quick walk around the block.
Get out of the house if possible. If not, take a few minutes to purposefully walk around your house.
Anything to get moving for a few minutes!
Taking just five minutes to stretch every day can help your body feel so much better.
This self care activity can also help prevent your neck and shoulder muscles from getting consistently tight, which can happen to moms who breastfeed. (This occurs from looking down so much, which is common when you have a baby or toddler)
What are some self care activities you like to do as a mom? Share with me in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram! I’d love to hear from you!