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Must-Have Self-Care Routine Ideas To Help Busy Moms Relax

When you’re feeling stressed, washed-out, or grumpy, it’s time for a little self-care. One of the most relaxing (and cheapest) self-care routine ideas for moms is to enjoy a home spa treatment!

Self-care…many moms are bad at it because it sounds selfish. And moms are anything but selfish, right? We care for our children, our partners, our parents, siblings, friends and family. Taking time to care for ourselves can feel indulgent in a wrong way.

Sound familiar? If so, it’s time to break the cycle here and now because that’s just a lie we tell ourselves.

The truth is that practicing self-care is vitally important to our health and happiness! And if you don’t utilize self-care as much as you could, it’s time to change that.

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How Busy Moms Can Adopt a Self-Care Routine

Just like anything else we do in our very busy schedules, fitting self-care into your day requires scheduling it in. If you’re anything like me, “winging it” just means I get busy doing something ‘important’ and blow off my self-care.

Unfortunately, when I blow off doing my self-care, I get run down, grumpy, and sometimes even sick.

It’s like the example of the oxygen mask on an airplane. If those oxygen masks deploy, passengers are instructed to first get oxygen themselves before helping to give oxygen to someone else, right?

That’s self-care! In order to take care of and help other people, you FIRST have to take care of yourself! (it was seriously a huge ‘ah-ha’ moment for me when I first heard this years ago)

Self-care is the same exact concept for busy moms. When you’re a mom, so are so busy taking care of others and your home (and maybe a job too) that it can all leave you feeling depleted – like you have given everything to others and have nothing left to give. #amiright

Since self-care is about doing things regularly that help you recharge and feel your best, it’s important to make them a part of your day – every day in some way, if possible.

Here are some self-care routine ideas that you can try using. Any of these ideas can be calming, relaxing, and rejuvenating (which is the whole point, right?):

  • Cuddle with a fur baby (dog or cat)
  • Take a nap
  • Read a book (or listen to an audiobook)
  • Garden
  • Take a walk
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Meditate
  • Enjoy a spa day

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Home Spa Treatment Supplies That May Be Helpful

Before I get into all the home spa possibilities, here are a few things that may make creating your own home spa a little more enjoyable.

Essential Oils

This is one of the MOST important aspects of calming and rejuvenating self-care. I love them because they are natural fragrances and not produced in some chemical laboratory. 

Make sure to use only high-quality therapeutic grade oils. Then, pick any scents you like and use them in….everything!

Soy Wax Flakes

Used when making candles and even creams and lotions, get high-quality wax flakes. You can buy the wax flakes on their own or you can buy them as part of a set that includes wicks.

Witch Hazel

It’s the primary ingredient in Face toner, which is SUPER easy to make. I love this brand of witch hazel for anything I need.


Foot Spa

The DIY foot soaks that I mention only require a pan of water of some sort to soak your feet in. However, if you really want to pamper your footsies, a foot spa with heat, jets, and massagers just might be the ticket (or an awesome gift idea!).


Make These Home Spa Ideas Part of Your Self-Care Routine

Ahhhh, a spa day. That sounds super indulgent, right? And expensive? Well, it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg when you are trying to save money because you can have a wonderfully relaxing homemade spa right at home for cheap!

Find serenity, get centered, and relax with these easy and indulgent home spa treatments (that are surprisingly cheap)!

Homemade Sugar Scrub 

When you need (or want) to exfoliate and encourage the look of fresh, healthy skin, turn to a kitchen staple: sugar. Sugar is a very easy and affordable way to improve the texture and tone of your skin while at the same time drawing moisture into your skin and encouraging a radiant, youthful appearance.

Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub – Eating Bird Food

Spiced Vanilla Homemade Sugar Scrub – Sanctuary Home Decor

Lavender Lemon Sugar Scrub – One Little Project

Pedicure Home Spa Treatments

The other half of the renowned mani-pedi is, of course, the pedi! Really want to feel relaxed and beautiful? Add an occasional home pedicure into your self-care routine. When you aren’t able to get out to get a professional pedicure, bring the relaxation home by doing your own!

Perfect Pedicure | The Dating Divas 

Tips for Salon-Worthy Toes – Reader's Digest

DIY Bath Bombs 

What can make a bath even more relaxing than candles and a good book? Bath bombs! Have you ever purchased a bath bomb? They are crazy expensive – especially when you consider their ingredients and how easy they are to make. Once you try these recipes, you’ll never fork out the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries on bath bombs again.

All-Natural DIY Bath Bombs – Garden Therapy

Relaxing Lavender Bath Bombs – Soap Queen

At-Home Manicure

Nothing beats a mani-pedi, right? When you can’t get out to get your manicure in a salon, enjoy one at home. Unfortunately, a manicure requires a certain level of skill that, frankly, I don’t always have. Here are some tips to help you achieve that perfect mani easily.

9 Tips to Not Ruin Your Manicure – Self

How to Give Yourself a Flawless Manicure – Cupcakes and Cashmere

Face Mask for Glowing Skin

Face masks are amazing for restoring that youthful glow – and when you look great, you FEEL great, right? Moisturize your skin and restore your pH balance with these face mask recipes. They’re cheap, effective, and leave you feeling amazing.

Honey Avocado Face Mask – Eating Well

Potato Tumeric Calming Face Mask – Women’s Health

Yogurt & Honey Face Mask | One Good Thing

Handmade Hand Scrub

Hand scrubs are essentially sugar scrubs. This is one time when you can legitimately say that sugar is good for you! When your hands get dried out from cleaning and cooking, soothe them with these hand scrub recipes. 

Healing Hand Scrub – Homemade Food Junkie

DIY Hand Scrub Recipe – Living The Nourished Life

DIY Lip Scrub

Your lips are way more sensitive than the rest of the skin on your body, making them prone to drying out and cracking. Combat that with luxurious DIY lip scrubs that gently exfoliate while at the same time provide intensive hydration to help heal your lips so they feel their best. Lip scrubs are super cheap and easy to make – they make wonderful DIY gifts for others!

DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub – Oh The Things We’ll Make

Chocolate Lip Scrub – Real Housemoms

Homemade Foot Scrub

What’s more luxuriant than soft, pampered feet? Not much that I can think of! A good foot soak can be anti-inflammatory, eliminate toxins, heal dry or damaged skin, moisturize your skin, and make you feel oh-so-good.

Chamomile Foot Soak – Mommy Over Work

Lavender and Peppermint Foot Soak – Holistic Kenko

Luxurious Hair Treatments

Show me a woman who doesn’t want shiny, fizz-free, voluminous hair. We all want hair that could appear in shampoo commercials, right? Use these DIY hydrating hair treatments to pamper your hair!

Avocado, Coconut Milk, Olive Oil – Wide Open Eats

All-Natural DIY Hair Treatments – The Humbled Homemaker

DIY Face Toner

For the longest time, I never paid attention to face toner. Never bought it. Never used it. Definitely never made my own. I’m just kind of a no-fuss gal. and using face toner seemed – well, fuzzy. An extra step I didn’t need. But now as I’m getting older and appreciating my skin a little more, I’m loving face toner. 

Use it after you wash your face but before you moisturize it. Face toner helps remove excess dirt, makeup and oil and at the same time balances your pH and closes pores. Make your own easily and feel indulgent with these recipes.

Simple DIY Face Toner – One Essential Community

Apple Cider DIY Face Toner – Don’t Mess With Mama

All Natural Face Cream

Especially during those dry, harsh winter months, a soothing face cream feels like a tiny slice of heaven on your parched skin. But the truth is that a good, natural face cream is not only luxuriant but also beneficial all year round for smooth, healthy, glowing skin.

Soothing Lavender Homemade Face Cream – Our Oily House

Aloe Vera Face Cream – The Prairie Homestead

DIY Aromatherapy Candles

Ahhhhh, aromatherapy. I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about aromatherapy, I can feel a shift in my whole body toward relaxation. The thing is…candles are super expensive to buy, with just ONE candle costing $8-10 and it can go WAY up from there! BUT, they are also super CHEAP TO MAKE (and way easier than you may realize). Check out these recipes for homemade candles so you can start making your own as part of your self-care habits.

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles | The Healthy Maven

Easy Lemon Scented Candles | Simple in the Country

When you find yourself needing to rejuvenate and get grounded, pamper yourself with these home spa ideas as part of your self-care routine. Good self-care is essential, and these ideas will help you feel your best easily!

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