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Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms on a Tight Budget

Self-care on a tight budget

It is definitely a great challenge to find time, money (and sometimes energy 😅) for self-care as a busy mom. We are different, but there are a few pretty common things that can be helpful when you feel you really need to recharge your batteries 😊 

Mom guilt was the thing I first had to fight with and understand that taking care of myself is in the best interest of my family as well... Then I had to figure out what are those activities that really help me to relax or give me new experiences, or just simply feeling happier, or stronger - ready for the next life and family challenges 😅

I still need a reminder from time to time to put myself on my own priority list as well, but I think at least I improved quite a lot in the last couple of years 😊

I collected some ideas in this post, that might serve as a great inspiration!

self-care for busy moms on a tight budget

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What is self-care, and why is it important?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)"Self-care is the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker."

Self-care refers to the intentional practice of taking care of one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It involves engaging in activities and behaviors that promote personal health, happiness, and overall well-being. Self-care encompasses a wide range of practices, such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, engaging in hobbies, seeking support from others, setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, and managing stress effectively.

You can see, there is a wide range of options we can choose from when we have some me-time!

Well, during my mom guilt fight 😅 I really needed reasons to convince myself about the importance of self-care.

If you are at this stage now, you might find my "favorite" arguments useful!

Self-care is important for several reasons:
  • Physical health: Taking care of oneself physically is crucial for maintaining good health. Engaging in regular exercise, eating nutritious food, getting enough sleep, and practicing hygiene are all vital aspects of self-care that contribute to overall physical well-being. I know very well that for parents enough sleep can be seen as a utopia. I have been there 😅 But try to get help, share tasks, and at least once in a few days have enough sleep. 
  • Mental and emotional well-being: I would highlight this! As I am afraid that moms tend to think they are superheroes (surely they are), and mental and emotional well-being is overrated. No, it is not!
  • Stress reduction: Parenting can be really stressful. Regular self-care practices can help reduce stress and prevent burnout. Taking time for oneself, engaging in activities that promote relaxation and enjoyment, and practicing stress management techniques can all contribute to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.
  • Improved productivity and performance: When individuals prioritize self-care, they often experience increased energy, focus, and motivation. By taking care of their own needs, individuals are better equipped to handle the demands of daily life, work, and relationships, leading to improved productivity and performance in various areas.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-worth: Engaging in self-care activities sends a message to oneself that personal well-being and self-worth are important. It can help individuals develop a positive self-image, increase self-esteem, and foster a sense of self-worth.

So assuming that by now, you convinced yourself that you deserve some self-care, let's check the following list for some inspiring ideas 😊

Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms on a Tight Budget

In the current economic situation even with a healthy family budget, it can be challenging to spend a lot on self-care. 

Self-care is essential for everyone, do not let money stop you from enjoying it 😊

I collected some mom self-care hints that can be helpful for those on a tight budget:

1. Create a budget for self-care

Set aside a bit of money each month for self-care. If you are on a tight budget, it does not necessarily need to be high. Just enough to give you the feeling of being pampered and prioritized at least a bit. If you intentionally consider your own self-care when setting up the family budget, it makes it easier to fight mom guilt too when touching that money 😉

2. Find free or low-cost resources 

Self-care does not have to be expensive. You can find free trials of various online and offline workout programs, or turn to free activities - like a mindful walk (without the kids, and without any tasks!).

3. Prioritize self-care in daily routines

Do not neglect your own needs all the time for prioritizing your kids or spouse! I recently had a chat with a mom at the birthday party of my friend's son. I do not know her very well, but she mentioned that she is diagnosed with insulin resistance, and would really need to switch to a healthier lifestyle, but she does not have the time to do any sport or cook separately for herself... I could totally understand and relate to what she just said. 
But c'mon, what world we are living in when a mom can not have like 15 minutes of daily exercise time for her own health???
We came up with a few ideas to help her figure out how and when she can fit that into her daily routine. And I really hope she will manage to do it! Self-care is so important, we should all find at least little timeslots for it in our daily routine.

4. Creating a support system with other moms

Having some me-time becomes a lot easier if you have some support from your friends, family, and fellow moms. Create your own support system that you can turn to when you need some time on your own or just to have a coffee with someone who understands your daily wins and struggles 😊

Some low-budget self-care activities could include:

  • Taking a break from social media 
  • Reading or listening to audiobooks 
  • Connecting with friends: Social support is important for emotional well-being. Spend time with friends, family, or other moms who understand your challenges.
  • Pampering Yourself: Take some time for self-care activities that make you feel good. This could include a relaxing bath, getting a massage, or indulging in your favorite hobby.
  • Exercising: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve mood. Find an activity you enjoy and make time for it regularly.
  • Practicing Mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing, can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Find a quiet space where you can practice these techniques daily.
  • Sleeping: Getting enough sleep is crucial for physical and emotional well-being. Make sure you're getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Stay Hydrated and Eating Healthy: Drinking enough water is important for overall health. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day and make sure you're drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.

Takeaway: Taking care of yourself isn't selfish – it's necessary for your health and well-being. Incorporate these tips into your routine to ensure you're taking care of yourself as well as your family.


  1. Riyah Speaks5/31/2023

    I love that you wrote about this because it’s something all mom’s struggle with that one point or another. It’s so important for everyone to talk about how they can better take care of themselves.

    1. Thank you Riyah for your feedback! I also feel it is an important topic, that we tend to forget about...

  2. All great suggestions! I really do need to take a break from social media and electronics.

    1. Thanks Tracy for your comment. I need to remind myself quite often to take that break too! :)


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