10 Self Care Ideas You Can Do at Home (That Don’t Require a Babysitter!)

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Hey y’all! Today I am talking about one of my new favorite topics: self-care ideas you can do at home! As a mom of 3 kids, there are days that I am S-T-R-U-G-G-L-I-N-G! Momming ain’t easy! In order to keep my sanity, I have learned to prioritize taking care of myself too.

As many of you know, my husband works out of town a lot and we don’t have family nearby. I also can’t afford a babysitter to come hang out with my kids as often as I need to be practicing some form of self-care. I don’t know about you, but I would pretty much need someone living here to pull that off!

So I put together a list of ideas to help myself catch that little break I need to recenter myself so I can give my kids the mom they need. The ideas on this list are either inexpensive or FREE and they can all be done from the peace and quiet of your own home while the kids watch a movie. 

Self care ideas you can do at home

10 Self-Care Ideas You Can Do at Home That Don’t Require a Babysitter

1. Exercise

Exercise is by far my favorite form of self-care. It’s good for your body, sets a great example for your kids, and there are so many ways to do it! Exercise releases some great feel-good chemicals. A quick workout can have you feeling refreshed and ready to get back in the game.

You can read my article on why exercise is so important for moms to better understand why I am such a fan. You can also read my article on how to fit in exercise as a busy mom if you need some ideas.

Examples of exercise as self-care:

  • Take a walk.
  • Do a YouTube exercise video.
  • Lift weights.
  • Dance to your favorite music.
  • Practice yoga.

2. Write in a journal

Writing in a journal is a great form of self-care. Writing allows you to get all of your thoughts and emotions out of your head and on to the paper. This helps you to get those feelings out in the open so you can address them and start to work through them.

I use an app on my phone to journal every night before going to bed. I usually recap my day and just write down whatever thoughts come up. Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I’m thinking about that I didn’t even realize. Doing this often helps me sleep better because I don’t wake up during the night with my brain worrying about things.

Examples of journaling as self-care:

  • Gratitude journal: write down what you are grateful for each day.
  • Bullet Journal: list our your tasks or priorities.
  • Dream Journal: write out your dreams first thing in the morning.
  • Goals Journal: write down your goals for your life and start planning out actions to help you achieve them.

Amazon has some beautiful journals you can find here. Here are a couple of my favorites.


3. Take a bubble bath

This idea for self-care seems kind of cliche, but there is a reason it is mentioned so much! Sitting in a nice hot bath with some wonderfully scented bubbles really is nice.  It’s a great way to let your muscles relax so you can unwind.

If you are one of those people who feels like you don’t get clean after sitting in a bath, feel free to take a shower afterward. A bubble bath for self-care isn’t about getting clean. It’s about 20 minutes of time to yourself where you can reset your mind.

Ideas for bubble bath self-care:

  • Use your favorite scented bubble bath or bath bombs.
  • Have a glass of wine to help unwind.
  • Add scented candles to set the mood.
  • Grab a snack or treat you don’t want to share with the kids.
  • Catch up with your favorite book while you soak.

You can find some awesome bubble bath gift sets here. Buy a few for yourself or give them as a gift. These two right here are on my gift list. Someone might have a birthday coming up in a few months…



4. Indulge in your creative side

Taking the time to do something that stimulates your creative side is great for self-care. As moms, we tend to spend so much time going from task to task. We don’t often get to stretch our brains and let them be creative!

Any time that you can find to build, create, or make something is going to leave you feeling more energized and alive. It’s also great because you can often connect to a skill or activity you used to do before kids. It can be hard to remember those days when you are deep into motherhood!

Examples of creative outlets for self-care

  • Knitting, crocheting, or sewing.
  • Coloring or drawing.
  • Painting.
  • Grow a garden.
  • Write a book or story.

You can find some beautiful coloring books for adults here. I like to use these sometimes when I’m watching tv or working with my kids on schoolwork. It helps to keep my hands busy and relaxed. Here are a few of my favorites.


5. Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful form of self-care. Even just adding in 5-10 minutes can help calm your mind all day. Meditation is also great to help you take a step away from a frustrating or stressful moment so you can regroup.

I personally find just sitting quietly to be a bit difficult. My brain likes to run a million miles a minute. What works great for me is doing guided meditations to music or focusing on mantras. Giving myself someone to walk me through the steps or a specific phrase to listen to helps me settle my mind down.

Ideas for meditation as self-care:

  • Meditate for 5-10 minutes right after you wake up in the morning.
  • Stop to meditate during stressful times of the day.
  • Focus on loving-kindness during your meditation.
  • Focus on releasing tension from your body.
  • Pay attention to breath awareness.
If you have never meditated before, I recommend this book:


You can also find some audio guided meditations on Amazon here.

6. Make a playlist of your favorite songs

Music is a wonderful form of self-care. Music can lift your mood and send out all those wonderful feel-good chemicals. You can create a list of your favorite songs and listen to it with some headphones while still taking care of your kids.

Listening to music I love is one of my go-to activities for self-care. When I am feeling rushed or stressed in the car, I put on my favorite playlist and I instantly relax. I also love to put on some good music whenever I am cleaning or doing chores in the house.

The best part about creating a playlist is that you can add in only the songs that you like best. You can make different playlists for different moods too. I have a playlist for music that makes me want to dance, love songs, current favorites, songs I like to sing to, etc.

Sites to create your self-care playlist:

7. Dress up nice just for you

Dressing up and looking nice is a good way to practice self-care at home because it feels good! Dressing up doesn’t have to be strictly for a special occasion. Take some time to try on your favorite clothes and wear them around the house. Even if you have nowhere to be, wearing clothes that make you look good usually makes you feel good too.

As a mom, it’s too easy to spend all of your days wearing yoga pants, a stained t-shirt, and messy hair. Or maybe it’s just too easy for me! Either way, when I dress up nice, even if it’s just to take the kids to the museum or the park, I usually feel better about myself.

Ideas for dressing up as self-care:

  • Throw an impromptu dinner party for your husband and kids. Formal attire mandatory.
  • Put on a fashion show for yourself of your favorite clothes.
  • Spend some time on Pinterest looking up new fashion trends.
  • Put on your favorite outfit and upload some new selfies to Instagram. (You can check mine out here on my Instagram page.)

Self-Care Ideas you can do at home

8. Catch up on a good book

Reading is another great self-care practice you can do at home with the kids around. Reading gives you the opportunity to spend time in a completely different world. Plus, with the ease of audiobooks and e-books, you never have to read the same book twice!

As an avid reader, this is a form of self-care I indulge in frequently. If left to my own devices, I could easily spend most of my day wrapped up in a book. I like to read books for fun as well as to research any new ideas or information for my family or for this blog.

Places to find books to read for self-care:

  • Amazon books:  You can find paper books, audiobooks, and e-books. I personally prefer e-books because I can download them on my phone and have easy access whenever I get a spare minute. 
  • Audible: Audible sells audiobooks. They have a free trial to get you started. 
  • Borrow books from your local library.
  • Visit your local book store.

9. Listen to your favorite podcasts

Listening to podcasts is another form of self-care that doesn’t require a babysitter. You can download or stream your favorite podcast right to your phone. They have podcasts for almost every subject under the sun. If you have a special interest, chances are someone else does too and they are podcasting about it.

Podcasts are great for self-care because you can spend some time catching up on news about your favorite topic without having to leave your house. I like to put a podcast on while I clean or whenever I do the dishes. It’s turned what used to be “chores” into me-time. I never thought I would ever utter those words lol!

Apps for listening to podcasts as self-care:

Self-Care Ideas to do at home

10. Binge-watch your favorite TV show

Binge-watching your favorite tv show is a great form of self-care. We don’t always recognize it as such, but if you get a chance to just zone out and relax without your kids asking you fifteen thousand questions, it qualifies as self-care! Plus, getting sucked into our favorite show helps us unwind and relax. Two of the results we want most from self-care.

I will often watch tv on my phone or my laptop. This allows me to use headphones so I don’t have to worry about exposing my kids to adult content. If I’m going to spend my time watching TV, I guarantee you it’s not going to be kid-appropriate. I spend waaay too much time keeping most of my life G-rated to keep my self-care TV family-friendly.

Here are some great sources for on-demand TV shows for self-care:

Final Thoughts on Self-Care Ideas You Can Do at Home

So that’s my list of self-care ideas you can do at home that don’t require a babysitter! Finding regular time for yourself as a mom is hard enough! Trying to make sure you have a good babysitter lined up and the stars perfectly aligned for your children to cooperate makes finding time to take care of yourself nearly impossible!

With this list, you can fit in opportunities every day for a little bit of self-care so you can continue to show up for your kids. We owe it to our kids to take care of ourselves and to teach them how to care for themselves in the future.

If you have any great self-care ideas that can be done at home without a babysitter, leave them in the comments or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com.

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