Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Tired? Stressed? Ready to let it all go and start putting yourself first? Let’s do it, mama. Get started with these 10 self-care inspiration posts we totally love.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, and sometimes just a simple image can break you out of your stickiness and headed down the right path. These self-care inspiration posts are meant to help you jump-start your self-care practice ASAP.

(Just a quick heads up that this post might contain affiliate links to things I love.)

Self-Care Inspiration #1: The Bath

It’s probably the most quintessential (or stereotypical) form of self-care that we see, hear, and talk about. But there’s a reason for it!

While a bubble bath can’t make up for all those lost hours of sleep, it is a nice place to recharge and pamper yourself a little bit.

Bonus points if you amp it up a bit with some fancy candles or bath bombs, but my personal fav is just some salt and maybe lavender essential oils.

Self-Care Inspiration #2: How are you speaking to yourself?

It has taken me years and years to start to notice the patterns of thought inside of my own head.

I can’t believe how many times I used to (and still do sometimes) speak negatively to myself about myself. I was so mean.

The real reason? I was just replaying loops in my mind of other people’s judgments or perceived judgments about me. I’m not perfect at avoiding this, but I’ve gotten a lot better at noticing when I’m doing it.

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Be kind to yourself 💕#SelfCareSunday

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Self-Care Inspiration #3: Think about what type of self-care you need

Did you know there are different types of self-care?

In this article, I break down 6 different types of self-care, plus some self-care ideas on what you can do to promote each type.

I think so many times self-care seems underwhelming and not all that helpful because we choose which type based on other people’s recommendations vs. what we truly need.

Self-Care Inspiration #4: Beyond the bubble bath

Sometimes self-care is about indulgence. Sometimes it’s about being disciplined to do what you know you need vs. what you want. Sometimes it’s saying no to everyone and just being alone.

There are million and one ways to practice self-care, and it might be different for you every single day.

These are just a few of the ideas that might work best for you.

Self-Care Inspiration #5: Be mindful

If I could boil down successful self-care down to one single idea it would be the idea that it is truly about knowing yourself.

You have to know yourself, your own needs, and how to care for yourself or else it will just fall flat and be some bullshit practice you follow through because you feel like you should.

Mindfulness is in and of itself a great self-care practice, but it is also essential to find that quiet place inside that is the real you. That way to can access your self and your true needs.

Self-Care Inspiration #6: Let’s talk about nails

Besides bubble baths, it’s the mani/pedi’s we talk about all the time.

For many women, this just isn’t a huge priority or something that fills them up. And for me? Sometimes it’s on the list and sometimes it’s not.

But I especially love this IG image below. It just feels indulgent in all the best ways possible. It’s beautiful. It’s turning you, your body, into a piece of art.

What is better self-care than that?

Self-Care Inspiration #7: Self-LOVE is essential

I feel like the real difference between self-love and self-care can feel like a matter of semantics.

But the truth is you can take all the baths and naps and get all the mani’s in the world, but if you aren’t taking care of yourself emotionally and loving yourself, then what’s the point?

It’s hard to truly love yourself in a world that constantly wants to point out your “flaws.”

But for me, I eventually got so freaking tired of judging myself based on some bullshit standards someone else made up that I had to let it go.

And of course, it usually relates to body image for so many of us. It’s been a long process, but I’ve finally accepted and started truly loving my body. What about you?

Self-Care Inspiration #8: Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.

I talked above about really knowing yourself and choosing what you really NEED and is truly loving for yourself, but we how about how we need to also prioritize that love?

My cheat for this is that I’ve created routines and rituals over the last year that I complete most mornings. It’s almost on autopilot at this point.

But I’ve made a point to start my day with self-care. It sets the tone for the rest of the day.

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Self-Care Inspiration #9: Try a new perspective

Just as you love your kids unconditionally, they love you like that.

It is through this unconditional love that I really started being able to see myself in that light. As someone who deserved love.

Once I saw that I was able to give myself the love I so desperately needed.

Self-Care Inspiration #10: Make it a challenge

Want to make self-care a priority? Try a challenge.

Completing a 30-day challenge requires effort and discipline, but it can be totally transformative. Even if not all the activities really jive with you, that’s ok. Just the very fact that you commit to doing 30 things for yourself in 30 days is massive!

Give it a try.

Think about these 10 self-care inspiration posts from IG and see if any really fit your needs or give you a new perspective. Let me know in the comments below! Then check out this post all about how I’ve developed a self-care routine for myself, even with 3 kids!

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

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6 Self-Care Blogs Moms Should Follow

6 Self-Care Blogs Moms Should Follow

In a bit of a self-care rut and need some inspo? These 6 self-care blogs will give you a little push to get yourself back into some super helpful self-care practices that work for you.

I thought my self-care game was on point, but just perusing through these blogs I realized I was dropping the ball on myself in some areas (especially in the self-criticism and having unrealistic expectations of myself).

Reading tips and stories from others who have been there is so helpful in creating self-care strategies and routines that work for us. So check out these awesome self-care blogs and let us know your fav in the comments!

(FYI, there are a few affiliate links below to products I love and support.)

The Zen Teacher

I had Dan Tricarico on the MomUp Show, and he had so many golden eggs of self-care info I was blown away!

Dan has been a high school teacher for over 25 years and helps teachers avoid burnout through self-care. But even if you aren’t a teacher, his blog and book are totally worth taking a look for you too.

The Blissful Mind

From journal prompts to self-care strategies, this blog is a great resource for moms to get started on their self-care journey.

The blog was started by Catharine in 2014, and focuses on mindset, self-care, and productivity.

Self-Care with Gracy

I love the way Gracy writes her blog posts in a way that is both really personable AND helpful. They’re not just the boring old how-to’s, but have a sense of humanity to them too. (Did I mention she also has podcast episodes and interviews to binge too?)

She’s a mom and self-care coach, among many things, but I especially loved what she had to say about weight loss and self-care in this post.

Carley Schweet

Carley has lots of posts to check out and a podcast. This one about emotional self-care is really helpful for the practical tips for incorporating emotional self-care into your life.

I also totally related to her story about being a people pleaser. What else can relate?

Self-Care by Aisha

Aisha focuses on helping professional women avoid burning out, and I know there are some working mamas out there who need that help!

Her website includes interviews/podcasts with experts like this one about how managing digital distractions is important for self-care.

Kathryn Ford Richter

This blog page is beautiful, simple, and easy to follow for some quick tips on self-care.

Kathryn is a coach focusing on self-care, mindset, essential oils, and yoga. I really liked this reminder to be kind from her.

Ready to get your self-care game back on point, mama? How did this self-care blogs inspire you to finally put yourself first? Let us know in the comments below, and read my story about how I started my own self-care practice that is 100% practical.

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

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5 Steps to a Self-Care Plan for Busy Moms

Blaaah… another self-care article? YES MAMA. Because I know you aren’t taking care of yourself as well as you could, and the reason is that you don’t have a self-care plan!

Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, cost a lot of money, or require a babysitter. If you create the right self-car plan FOR YOU, it’s much more doable.

Self-Care Plan Step #1: Start with thinking about what types of self-care you need most

The problem is that you’ve been trying to do self-care based on what other people think are must-do self-care practices. But in order for it to be worth it, and actually worth your time and effort, self-care needs to be customized and individualized just for you.

Did you know there are actually 6 types of self-care? They are:

  1. Physical self-care
  2. Emotional self-care
  3. Social self-care
  4. Mental self-care
  5. Practical self-care
  6. Spiritual self-care

To read all about the different types of self-care check out this article.

There are tons of different self-care practices depending on what type of self-care is most needed. So to get started on your own self-care plan, take a second to decide where you are feeling depleted and where you’re doing ok.

So maybe you’ve been doing great with your physical self-care, but can’t remember the last time you had a date night or called your sister. That means you need to work on social self-care.

Self-Care Plan Step #2: What lights you up?

Take some time to sit down with yourself, a pen, and some paper. You could take an hour or even just 5 minutes depending how much time you can manage. Then just brain dump all the things you WANT to do, that you love to do, but you just don’t prioritize.

What are the things that light you up, make you feel amazing?

Maybe you’ve lots a bit of your identity since becoming a mom? Maybe you need to reconnect with who you are?

It’s possible you don’t even remember what lights you up.

Start with who you were as a kid. Did you love drawing? Coloring? Playing sports? Maybe being in nature?

Try an activity the 10 year old you would have loved and see if that sparks some joy. If so, add that to your list for your self-care plan.

Self-Care Plan Step #3: What would you tell yourself to do if you were your own mom?

Ok, we did the fun stuff, now time for the super practical.

The key component of a self-care plan for me is thinking about the practical things, and really thinking about parenting myself.

If I were my own mom, what would I do? What would I make myself do?

This is where discipline comes in.

Remember to take my vitamins isn’t super sexy, but it is super helpful for me in maintaining my energy and mental health.

Making that dental appointment isn’t fun, but I gotta do it.

So look back at the list you have going so far and look at it as if you’re your own mom. What needs added?

Is there anything you need to take off?

Sometimes I add things to my list of to-do’s because it seems like a good self-care practice, but really it is indulging my not-so-good self. You know the one that tells you to binge eat because you deserve to treat yourself, but it isn’t treating yourself… it just leads to more self-loathing.

So be real about what you really need vs. what your old bad habits say you need.

Self-Care Plan Step #4: Schedule it out

Take the items on your list and create a self-care plan that you can schedule out.

I’ll give you my own personal list.

I’ve recently decided to have a “power hour” in the mornings.

This is when I get all my self-care done. I have 7 things I do for 7 minutes each that lead to me feeling as if I do nothing else that day, I feel productive.

7×7 is 49 totally minutes… not exactly an hour, but I budget an hour for it in my day because #momlife. I always have to pause at some point to get someone a snack or drink or some breastmilk. So I give myself a cushion.

But the point is that I have all the most important self-care items for my to-do list scheduled out so I actually do them.

If you don’t make the time, it isn’t really a self-care plan, is it?

Self-Care Plan Step #5: Accountability

How will you hold yourself accountable? This is a major issue for a lot of people whether they are creating a self-care plan or trying to reach any goal they set for themselves.

What do you have in place to hold yourself accountable?

This could be a self-care plan buddy. Someone you tell about your plans so that they will hold you accountable.

But for me, I do my best to hold myself accountable.

I simply have a tracking system in my journal where I have my self-care plan listed out. Then each day I mark whether or not I completed the task I set for myself.

Every week or month I can see whether I did all of the self-care tasks I set for myself, and who often I accomplished them.

This is data. Important data. I can track how often I did the self-care plan and then also whether it made a difference.

We don’t do self-care for shits and giggles. We do it because it has a positive impact on our lives.

Tracking your self-care isn’t just about holding yourself accountable. It’s also about making sure that what you think you should be doing is actually the best choice for you.

Now you’ve got it, mama. The steps to create your own self-care plan. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got one, or not.

Then you can learn more about creating a self-care plan and why self-care is so important with these 8 self-care articles all moms need to read.

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

Perfect IG Posts for Self-Care Inspiration

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Why is a Self-Care Checklist a Gamechanger for Moms?

Still putting yourself last? Taking care of everyone else’s needs before your own? Time to change that by making yourself a self-care checklist.

After always forgetting to take care of my own very basic needs, I decided I need to get super practical about my self-care. That’s when I decided to create a daily self-care checklist to ensure I stopped forgetting myself.

What is a self-care checklist?

A self-care checklist is exactly what it sounds. A list of things you want to do for your own self-care daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup and all.

Decide what are the most important self-care practices you need, put them into a list, and use it.

Why do you need a self-care checklist?

So… why? It sounds like such a basic concept, why is it important?

The easiest way to accomplish the things you want, whether they are big goals, or just some basic and practical self-care, is to create routines that help you get it all done.

I kept forgetting to do the most simple things for my own self-care, and I needed to find a way to ritualize it. To make it routine.

By turning my non-negotiable self-care practices into checklists and referring to them daily, I have been able to actually make them into habits and routines that I do on autopilot now.

For example, remembering to take my vitamins every morning. I started doing that as part of a checklist of things I wanted to accomplish in my morning routine.

How do you create a self-care checklist?

This should be easy and simple, right? Just write down all the things you want or need to do for your own self-care. No big deal.

Not so fast though…

Have you ever finally had some alone time, and then you realized you didn’t know WITAF to do with yourself? That is kind of how it might feel when you first sit down to write your own self-care checklist.

When we’re moms, we forget a lot about who we are. We forget our own needs, quite literally sometimes.

So you’ll need to take some time to really get to know yourself again. Tap into what your real needs are.

For me, I needed to focus on the most practical needs like remembering to floss every time I brushed my teeth, take my vitamins, drink lots of water, and get my butt outside for a walk.

Sure, mani/pedi’s are nice, but they don’t really add to my own wellbeing.

But maybe you are solid on taking care of your practical needs and you need to focus on spiritual needs. There are a lot of different types of self-care, and what is essential for one person might be the bottom of the list for another.

Take your time, try freewriting, journaling, or even asking others what they think. Sometimes we don’t notice our own needs or why they are important. Like maybe we get extremely crabby when we don’t eat, and our partners can easily point that out.

How to use your self-care checklist

Just like you forget to practice self-care, what if you forget to actually use your self-care checklist?

I know I have had times when I wrote out beautiful to-do lists only to let them sit quietly in a notebook never to be seen again.

So figure out a way you can’t ignore it.

For example, keep your self-care checklist top of mind with these ideas:

  1. Set an alarm to do your checklist every day (I do mine first thing in the morning)
  2. Put it in your journal you use every day.
  3. Add a time block to your calendar.
  4. Find an accountability buddy. Get another mom to partner up with you to remind each other
  5. Make it a habit by attaching it to another habit, like brushing your teeth. Go over your list while you shine up those pearly whites.

Ready to amp up your self-care practices with a self-care checklist? Let us know in the comments, and then check out these 8 Self-Care Articles Moms NEED to Read.

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How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

How to Put Yourself First When You’re a Mom

Moms do it all. Supermoms. Take care of everyone and all their needs. There's just one thing moms aren't so great at it... it's learning how to put yourself first when you're a mom. How often do you pine for some alone time, but then it never quite pans out how you...

6 Types of Self Care Moms Need to Know About

6 Types of Self Care Moms Need to Know About

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Cabin Fever and Motherhood: Emotional Self-Care in Winter

Cabin Fever and Motherhood: Emotional Self-Care in Winter

Winter blues and cabin fever have always been tough for me. But this year, practicing a little emotional self-care has made a huge difference.

 

From the first days of fall, I have been prepping for right now with my emotional self-care routines. The countdown on our wall might be a countdown til Christmas, but the countdown that I’m most concerned about is to December 21st, the Winter Solstice.

This is the shortest day of the year. Once we get past this one day, the light starts to return and we will be moving towards spring, even though it is also the first day of winter. It means we are on our way OUT of the cold and darkness, even if we have more winter left to come.

This year, I’ve worked really hard to keep myself and my family as mentally healthy as possible. I even wrote about my personal plan for dealing with seasonal affective disorder. But no matter what, two adults and three kids in a home all day every day together… things start to get a bit rough.

So I dug this little gem I wrote a few years ago when I was having a particularly rough winter as a new mom with my first child who was then a toddler.

I was in a pretty rough place, but I wanted to publish it so other moms can know that if you are having a tough winter, year, life, whatever… we all get into dark places sometimes.

But it is possible to get better as I have over the years. (And definitely reach out to talk to a professional if you need to!)

FROM WINTER 2017:

Being cooped up inside through this winter is making my soul scream for that wild joyful madness.

If I spend one more day watching another Disney Junior show with my toddler I’m going to take her yellow plastic toy bat and smash the shit out of our flatscreen then take the pieces outside to our fire pit and burn it after smothering it in gasoline.

Sound extreme?

If you have spent even just an hour watching PJ Masks (or insert any kids show here), you will know it is not extreme. In fact, you’ve probably envisioned something similar at some point.

You inevitably feel the pull to go all Office Space on the TV, it iPad, or whatever toy keeps making the same noise for 12 hours straight.

Have you ever been a zoo? Seen animals doing weird shit? Or some that won’t even look up anymore when people tap on their cages? Some who just lay there as if they’re dead, even though you can see their chest rise and fall?

Yeah… that’s how I feel sometimes lately.

While I felt smothered and trapped in a 9-5 job that didn’t fulfill me anymore, I now feel just as smothered and trapped inside of the tiny world I’ve now created for myself.

Wake up. Make breakfast. Put on cartoons for the kid. Check social media. Check email. Try to think of something interesting to say on my blog…

Don’t get me wrong… these are first world problems I’m dealing with here.

But they can be soul-crushing.

When I was pregnant, I didn’t imagine sitting here on this couch surrounded by toys, snacks, an iPad, a dog that seriously needs a bath, and a toddler who is still in her PJ’s at 2:56 p.m.

No… I imagined me and my wild little girl running outside through fields. Laughing. Screaming. Running. Chasing. Yeah…that’s literally what I imagined during a guided meditation while pregnant.

My reality though is a messy living room with cartoons blaring while I’m working on my Mac being intermittently interrupted by calls for snacks from my little angel.

And yeah… I know I should be grateful. I’m totally an advocate of practicing gratitude. But sometimes you have to be real with yourself and say… Damn it, this just sucks.

I want more.

I want to feel alive and excited, not trapped in a crumb laden, toy-strewn, Groundhog Day without even the comic relief of Bill Murray.

BACK TO 2019:

I do feel alive and excited now. Back then I didn’t know how to deal with depression, anxiety, motherhood, stress, all the things. Now I have emotional self-care.

I was in a period of transition.

Now I have three kids, twin toddlers and a 5-year-old, and by all accounts my life should be more stressful, harder. But with every year that passes, even with more kids, I become more comfortable with who I am.

I also have learned how to better care for myself. You see, when I talk about self-care, it isn’t just about bubble baths, though I love me a bubble bath. No, the self-care I’m talking about is this… knowing when you are having a tough time and how to get yourself out of it OR who CAN help you.

The last week has been hard, but I now know why. I know that I haven’t been getting outside, I haven’t been using my light lamp in the mornings, and I’ve been eating like crap.

Those three things are a perfect storm, combined with normal stress and the winter, to get me into a hardcore funk.

But knowing why means I can change it. And that’s what I’m doing.

Winter can be tough, but you are tough too mama, and you’ll learn what emotional self-care practices work for you. Cultivate self-awareness and have some people on speed dial who can help you when you need it. Let’s kick some cabin fever ass together.

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8 Self-Care Articles Moms Need to Read

8 Self-Care Articles Moms Need to Read

Yeah, we know self-care is essential for moms, but most of us are still slacking. That’s why we’re rounding up the best 8 self-care articles for moms to read ASAP.

Some of these will give you some ideas on quick self-care practices, and some are just mom getting super real about how they feel self-care is actually totally unattainable. It’s ok mama, you’ve got this and these self-care articles will help get you a little closer to getting in the self-are you need so badly. (I know… because I need it too.)

What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t By Raphailia Michael, MA for Psych Central

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”

Mom Self-Care is Non-Negotiable by Mia Redick for Huffington Post

Self-care isn’t something that visits me like a distant cousin but instead it is a part of my daily experience. Each day, I know what I will do for me. Some days are simple rituals such as journaling while having my favorite cup of tea and other days it might mean a visit to see my favorite play, friend or personal trainer.”

‘Self-care’ is not enough to fix how much moms are burnt out by Diana Spalding for Motherly

“There is no bubble bath that will hush the constant underlying buzz of anxiety.

There is no girls-weekend-away that will undo the isolation of a fourth trimester spent without a village.

There is no nap that will revive the energy poured into balancing a career with motherhood.

There is no glass of wine that will ease the accumulating effect of all the ailments we “haven’t had time to see a doctor about.”

Moms are burnt out, and our society needs to start caring.”

The Most Important Thing About Self-Care for Mothers by Sarah Ruddell Beach for Left Brain Buddha

“Self-care is a practice, it is a commitment we make to ourselves so that we may do the important work we are here to do.

Self-care for mothers means we have a toolkit for daily living, not a “break glass in case of emergency” escape plan.”

No, Moms: It’s Not Selfish to Make Yourself a Priority by Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow for Parents

“‘We live in an age of overparenting—we treat it as an Olympic sport,’ says Samantha Ettus, best-selling author of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfaction and a mom of three. ‘We’re confusing the amount of time we spend with our kids with the quality of our parenting. The quality of your relationship with your child isn’t directly correlated to the time you spend with them.’ And once you accept that, she says, it’s easier to figure out what you actually need to be the best parent you can be.”

Simple Self-Care for Moms that Actually Works by Morgan Battista for Mom Uprising

“I decided to start with one super basic thing that I would start every single day that would herald in a new routine. A way to kind of short circuit my old norm and quickly swap it out for something new.

I would simply wake up every day, quickly get the kids settled, then grab a glass of water and my multivitamin.

That’s it.

I would make that one small change of starting my day by drinking a glass of water and taking my vitamin.”

The Ultimate Form of Self-Care: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Really Want to Say No by Amanda Baudier for the Chill Times

“We all want to fit in and be liked. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and we want to avoid conflict at all costs. And when it comes to work-life, we’ve been programmed—at least subconsciously—not to go against authority, thinking that we have to be “yes (wo)men”  in order to succeed and be praised and promoted. Saying “no” can even make us question our own identities. Can I say no and still call myself a supportive friend? A rockstar employee and a good person? The answer to that is HELL YES!”

37 Quick and Easy Self-Care Ideas For Moms Short On Time by Bethany Taylor for Imperfectly Perfect Mama

“I’m not talking about taking luxurious hour-long bubble baths with rose petals and a glass of wine (even though there is nothing wrong with that).

I am talking about making sure that our basic needs are met so that we can continue to do the things we need to do.”

There are so many self-care articles floating around the web lately, but these eight were must-reads in our book. Which is your fav? Let us know in the comments, mama.

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