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As busy moms, it’s so important that we practice self-care. Listed below are 15 cheap ways to pamper yourself regardless of your budget.
There’s really no other way to put this – as moms, we’re constantly busy. Whether it’s changing diapers, bandaging scraped knees, suctioning snotty noses (yeah, that was me all last week,) preparing after-school snacks, driving to soccer practice, doing laundry, cleaning bottles – there’s always something that needs to be done.
But while constantly tending to the needs of our little ones, we can often fall into the trap of neglecting ourselves. This happened to me recently.
The last few months have been pretty full-on here (hospital stays, extended illnesses, moving to a new state, husband away for two months.) For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a nasty cough that I just couldn’t shake, a constant headache, and just a general “unwell” feeling.
I was talking with a friend and she pointed out how much I had going on, and asked me when was the last time I’d taken a moment to myself. I thought about it and realized that I couldn’t answer. I’d been neglecting myself, and my health had started to suffer because of it.
This is exactly why we need to take some time to pamper ourselves!
Now, I know what you might be thinking – “I don’t have the time to pamper myself” or “I’m on a tight budget -I don’t have the money for pampering.”
But pampering yourself doesn’t have to be expensive, or time-consuming.
There are plenty of cheap ways to pamper yourself – you just have to think outside the box.
15 Cheap Ways to Pamper Yourself
1. Give yourself an Indian head massage
A few years ago I received a gift card for a massage at a day spa. I looked through the different massage options and decided I’d give the Indian head massage a try.
I left feeling so relaxed – all the tension in my head and neck was completely gone. Unfortunately, I can’t go the day spa for an Indian head massage every time I want a little pampering (I wish!) but the good news is, you can easily learn how to give yourself and Indian head massage.
2. Take a hot bath
Taking a little time to have a hot bath can do wonders for your stress levels. Play some relaxing music, apply a face mask, and take a nice, long soak.
I like adding these bath bombs to my bath water – they’re just like Lush bath bombs but they’re about $2-$3 each instead of $7-$8 like Lush bath bombs. I also love using bath salts for detox and relaxation.
3. Go for a walk outdoors
Spending some time in nature can be a great way to pamper yourself.
There’s a beautiful walking trail not far from my house. When the weather is nice, I try to go for a 3 or 4 mile walk at least 3 times a week. I strap the baby into his stroller, give him a few toys to play with, and off we go.
He loves watching the leaves fall and the squirrels darting in front of his stroller, and I love the chance to unwind, breathe in the fresh air, and de-stress a little.
4. Drink a cup of hot tea
Steal a moment of time in the morning before the kids have woken up, or in the evening after they go to bed and make yourself a cup of hot, herbal tea.
5. Fuzzy socks + coconut oil & lavender
Fact: the average person takes around 7,500 steps per day. Another fact: the average mom of a toddler takes about 1 million steps per day.
Ok, so the second fact may not actually be true, but it can sure feel like that sometimes! And all of this running around can leave us with some pretty sad, sore feet.
Give your feet some pampering before bed by slathering them with coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil, and then putting on a pair of thick, fuzzy socks. The coconut oil will help keep your feet smooth, and the lavender essential oil with help you relax and drift off to sleep. (I love these aloe vera infused fuzzy socks!)
6. Write in a journal
Take the time to write down your thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, and dreams in a journal. It doesn’t have to be an expensive journal, although I do love writing in a pretty journal.
The point is that the simple act of putting your thoughts on paper can go a long way in helping to improve your mood and well-being. Try to make journaling a regular thing to maximize these benefits.
7. Buy yourself a special treat at the grocery store
Next time you’re doing the grocery shopping, buy yourself one of your favorite treats. This could be a candy bar, a container of particularly juicy strawberries, a block of your favorite gourmet cheese… whatever catches your eye!
When you get home, hide it away somewhere where your husband and kids can’t find it. Then, when everyone is asleep in bed, take the time to savor your favorite treat in peace 🙂
8. Light a scented candle
Lighting your favorite scented candle can be an instant mood booster. Even better, is a wooden wick candle. When the wick burns, it makes a crackling sound reminiscent of a wood fire. I find the combination of the beautiful scent and the crackling sound to be incredibly relaxing.
9. Do some yoga stretches
I was first introduced to yoga when I was in high-school and I’ve tried to keep up a regular practice. I’m definitely not an expert yogi but I do find that I feel a lot more relaxed after a yoga session. Even if it’s just a quick 5 minutes first thing in the morning, it really does make a difference. Here are some excellent yoga videos for beginners that you can practice at home.
10. Give yourself a DIY pedicure
After you’ve gotten your feet nice and smooth from the fuzzy socks + coconut oil, give yourself a DIY pedicure. I love having brightly painted toenails, but I don’t love spending $40 or more on a pedicure. (Although I will sometimes splurge during the summer and get a shellac pedicure.)
You can buy an Amope Pedi Perfect Foot File for less than the cost of one salon pedicure, a bottle of your favorite nail polish, and pamper yourself with a DIY pedicure.
11. Put Together a Bouquet
There’s something about fresh flowers in the house that’s so… I don’t know… Peaceful? Refreshing? Glorious?
When I lived in Paris for a year during university, I loved how there were so many florists and market stall holders selling flowers at the weekend markets. Parisians love buying and displaying flowers in their home and it’s a tradition that I’ve tried to keep up with since returning home.
Sometimes I’ll buy flowers from my local grocery store (they’re often reduced on the weekend afternoons) but other times, I’ll just cut some flowers from my yard and put together a beautiful bouquet. Even if none of my plants are flowering, I will just cut some branches of greenery and display those – they can look as beautiful as flowers!
12. Make a DIY Face Mask
I try to do a face mask at least once a week, usually on a Friday night. Before my beautiful cat, Freya Darling, crossed over the rainbow bridge, we’d have a “girls night” where I made a multani mitti face mask for myself and she played in the bathroom sink 😀 (Yes, I’m a crazy cat lady.)
13. Sign Up to Learn a New Skill
Basket weaving, coding, vlogging, hand lettering, Spanish… Learning something new is an excellent way to pamper yourself and achieve a feeling of accomplishment. And the good news is, with the advent of online courses in virtually everything you can think of, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, Udemy has thousands of online courses starting at as little as $15.
14. Binge Watch Reality TV
Ok, I have a confession – I LOVE trashy reality TV shows. Especially The Bachelor Franchise. But I actually don’t get the time to watch much TV at all, so I always set aside Monday night as my “pamper myself by watching 2 hours of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. And it’s awesome 😀 So go ahead, don’t feel guilty about wasting an hour or two watching your favorite TV shows!
15. Get an Awesome Deal on a Massage or Facial
If you’ve got a bit of cash to spend on pampering yourself (but still want to save a ton) then check out LivingSocial for awesome deals on everything from massages and facials to restaurants and hotels. I’ve found deals at 50% off on LivingSocial!
It’s so important that we take the time to look after ourselves.
I encourage you to take the time to pamper yourself every single week – even something as small as sitting down for a moment, relaxing, and lighting a scented candle can make a big difference in your overall wellbeing.