Self-Care Ideas for Busy Parents

Self-Care Ideas for Busy Parents

Parenthood. It’s most often one of the most rewarding roles there is – but let’s be honest, it can be hectic. A lot of the time, we’re so focused on looking after our kids that we struggle to make time for ourselves. But self-care is vital, especially if you’re a mum or a dad. It reminds us that we’re important, and that we’re more than just a parent. 

With this in mind, we suggest three simple self-care activities.

1. Protect your teeth

This may sound like an obvious point – but it’s a crucial one to make. You’ll no doubt brush your teeth twice a day, but if you ever find yourself rushing this task, you’re not alone. Amid the chaos of getting the kids ready for school, it can be tricky to find a full two minutes to clean your pearls. But do so, and you won’t just be protecting your teeth – you’ll be treating yourself to some self-care. After all, you will be looking after yourself. If your teeth aren’t your favorite asset, you could always invest in some clip-on veneers. That way, you’ll be able to flaunt your smile with complete confidence. Find an affordable set, and you won’t need to worry about going over budget. 

2. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness – it seems to be the word of the moment. But what exactly is it? Put simply, it’s all about being completely in the present moment, free from thoughts about the past and worries about the future. While it may sound it, this can be easily achieved. Let’s start with your hobbies and interests. Is there anything that you’re able to focus on entirely? Do you love gardening, for example? Or perhaps you enjoy a particular sport? Whatever your preferred hobby is, in performing it regularly, you’ll be giving yourself some much-needed self-care. And this is extremely worthwhile when you’re a full-time parent! 

3. Treat yourself regularly

Whoever said that a treat has to be earned? You’re already a committed parent – you deserve a treat every day! So, why not give yourself one? Once your kids have gone to bed, how about treating yourself to a tasty hot chocolate in front of your favourite show? Or you could treat yourself to an evening of board games with your friends. However you choose to reward your excellent parenting is up to you. Just make sure to do it regularly! 

Self-care doesn’t have to hard – in fact, it can be easy to practice. Follow any of our suggestions, and you’ll be able to unwind regularly as a parent.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. Knowing when you need to take care of yourself and destress is as important as the action itself.

  2. I like to treat myself to some really good chocolate in a bubble bath as part of my self-care.

  3. Self care is so very important, especially if you have so many responsibilities that leave you with little time. It doesn’t always have to be left on the back burner.

  4. Great tips to remind parents to take some time to care for themselves. I remind my daughter of this every now and then as she always makes sure her 2 little girls are taken care of and forgets herself as is often the case for parents.

  5. I love these ideas! A parent’s life can so hectic that you forget about taking care of yourself. I always love to paint and garden when I’m taking time to relax and focus on a hobby.

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