9 Free Ways to Practice Self-Care

It wasn't until last year that I realized the true importance of self-care. Being a new mom it's so easy to be consumed with diapers, feedings, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and everything else on your to-do list that we so often put ourselves last. But, let's be real, you can't pour from an empty cup.

Sometimes getting 5 minutes alone seems impossible and there are plenty of days that my version of "self-care" is the 30 seconds of quiet from the time I put my toddler in his car seat, close the door, and walk over to the driver seat. But when I do make it a priority, I tend to find at least 30 minutes to myself. Self-care can be expensive (think massages, facials, vacays, etc.) but there are plenty of ways to take care of your mind & body for free.

Here are some of my favorite free ways to practice self-care:

1. Drink Water - Divide your body weight in half & try to drink that amount of water in oz. per day. Nursing mamas, breastmilk is 88% water! Drinking enough water will help you keep your supply up.

2. Sweat - Take 15- 30 minutes to work out. Try a Kayla Istines BBG workout or go for a quick run, there's nothing like moving your body to help get you out of a funk.

3. Take a Nap - (A personal favorite) put the baby down for a nap and sneak one in yourself.

4. Hit unfollow - Go through your social media accounts and unfollow anyone who isn't serving, supporting, encouraging, or motivating you.

5. Meditate - Insight Timer is one of our family favorites, but there are tons of free ones on youtube too!

6. Fresh Air - Get outside, drink your coffee, go for a walk, hike, fill your lungs and clear your mind with fresh air. Heck, jump in a pile of leaves, I mean look at how happy that made my boy.

7. Practice Gratitude - Write down 5 specific things you are grateful for each day.

8. Have a Mini Declutter Session - Pick a drawer or a room (if you're ambitious) and clean it out. Get rid of anything that is not needed, wanted, or been used for the past 6 months.

9. Take a Bath - Let's be real, nothing beats reading a book (current favorite) while taking a bath in SILENCE, especially when you're a mom and someone is always touching you.

How do you practice self-care? Comment below with your own routines. I love trying out new ways to clear my mind and find some R&R. Thanks for reading friends xo

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Hey there! My name is Dani and I am a proud mom to one little boy, another on the way, and two fur children. Most days you can find me...


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