Take some time for you – summer self-care for moms!
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My fellow mama’s – we are in it.
Right in the middle of the long stretch of summer.
Even though I really look forward to being with my children every day, summer days can be very, very long.
This year, we have a brand new big change to our lives as my husband just started working at a new company with a commute that requires an hour train ride twice a day.
That equals a solid 12+ hours of parenting all day, every day.
And, that can be a little draining, to say the least.
I’m sure we could all use a couple of minutes to ourselves, away from the noise and the constant fetching of the snacks.
Just a moment to recoup and fill up our patience tank.
So with that goal in mind, I’m sharing some quick ideas for summer self-care for moms.
I began using hydrating sheet masks about a year ago and they are life-changing.
That may be an exaggeration, but they are skin-changing and mood-changing.
After a long day, I like to wash my face and apply a sheet mask and just lay down for about 20 minutes.
It is an amazing way to unwind.
There are tons of face masks out there, but Tony Moly is one of my favorite brands. They have loads of varieties, but I really like the avocado mask.
Similar to a face mask, a hair mask can be a special treat to add to your routine when you need some extra time to relax.
They are hydrating and nourishing, wonderful for sun-bleached or chlorine-dried summer hair.
Most can be applied right in the shower, so they don’t add much time to your routine. But they can be just the thing to boost the moisture in your hair while giving you a little time to just unwind.
This Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask works in minutes and has rave reviews. It’s in my cart right now!
I drink an absolute ton of water.
I can’t go anywhere without my reusable water bottles. But, even though water is my main beverage, it can be a nice treat to jazz it up a little with some extra flavoring.
Think about adding mint, berries, cucumber or a bit of lime.
Walking in my bare feet and sandals all summer can leave my feet a little dry and achy.
A good foot scrub can give you a calming massage and soften those soles at the same time.
You could DIY one if that’s your style with a little coconut oil or olive oil and sugar.
Or there are tons of natural versions out there like this one from The Bodacious Bee on Etsy.
Enjoy a Popsicle
Or some ice cream. Or whatever sweet treat is up your alley.
Don’t let the kids have all the fun.
Looking for a way to really get your mind together? Try a meditation app.
There are many to choose from and some practices take only a few minutes.
Check out the Calm app that includes guided meditations and also sleep sounds and breathing exercises.
I try to have a little reading time every day for myself and my kids. Now that he is home from school, my son loves to read and will happily grab a book to tell his sister a story.
Plus, I like to read while I’m drying my hair. It’s a weird thing that I’ve done since I was a kid, but I do get a lot of reading time that way.
If you’re looking for a book recommendation this summer, I just finished Daisy Jones & The Six – loved it!
Run Through A Sprinkler
If jumping through a sprinkler on your lawn doesn’t make you feel like a kid again, I don’t know what will.
It’s so simple and silly, and it might be just what you need to relax for a bit.
Of course, this is just a starting point.
There are tons of other ways to practice self-care and what works for you might not be on this list at all.
Check out this post for 50+ self-care acts that take 5 minutes or less to start brainstorming other ideas.
The most important thing is that moms try to take a moment for themselves during the summer season because it is pretty easy to lose it completely when you’re “on” all the time.