It can be a struggle to know how to take care of yourself when you’re trying to juggle a million things at once our self care checklist printable is a great way to give you some ideas on how to care for yourself when you’re short of time.
Kids come in all shapes and sizes with amazing little personalities.
I happen to have two boisterous, active, funny little kids, with larger than life personalities.
While this makes our day crazy, hectic and somewhat frantic, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, I often find myself needing time to recharge my batteries over a cup of coffee which hasn’t gone cold! In this post, we talk about the things you can do to look after yourself without spending hours away from home or spending tons of cash.
In our free self care checklist, you can choose one of our 5-minute self care activities for a quick recharge, or 30 minutes if you’ve got more time!
Like most kids, mine are always demanding food, or stuff, or support with something, and of course my time and attention.
The struggle is real to stay on top of everything, sometimes it can take a good 45 minutes just to unload the dishwasher some days.
It is also quite clear that planning a full family day out, does not satisfy my kid’s longing for my attention when we get home either!
It seems the more attention I give my kids, the more they need from me, and as all tired parents know, this can leave you in a permanent state of physical and mental burnout.
You’re an overtired mom when …
You go to the bathroom but as soon as you leave the room, your kids urgently need to go to the toilet and are so desperate they can’t wait until you’ve finished!
You have a shower with one child on the toilet and one trying to clamber into the shower with you.
You’re cooking a meal, they follow you in and shout requests for drinks and “how long is tea going to be? ” every 2 minutes!
They never sleep
Parental burnout symptoms
Feeling parental fatigue
Being too tired to parent properly
Being an overwhelmed mum or overwhelmed parent
Feeling as if you’re not enjoying motherhood
Feeling tired, grumpy and not quite right, most of the time
Experiencing lots of stress
Sleep disruption and insomnia
Feelings of anxiety
Feelings of sadness
Feeling guilty for no reason.
Not looking after yourself properly
Poor mental health
Not eating properly.
Self-care and emotional self-care are hugely important for tired parents to enable us to recharge and regroup and get ready to face the challenges of another day.
Self-care tips for overtired moms.
Decide how much time you can devote to self-care, per day, week and per month.
If you have a majorly busy family or work life, you may only be able to spend five minutes per day on yourself, that’s ok, pencil it in and book out the time.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you intend to schedule for yourself, the first step is to write it down.<
For example: at 9 pm every weeknight schedule five minutes to yourself after the kids have gone to bed.
Next, write a list of the things you enjoy, download my beautiful free daily self-care checklist by subscribing to our updates here, for ideas and activities you can squeeze into 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and an hour!
Self Care Checklist.
Balancing motherhood and self
Some mornings when I’m up before everyone else in the house, I sit outside with a hot coffee, I find five minutes breathing in the cold, fresh air, invigorating, its precious quiet time before the demands of a busy day.
Five-minute breathing exercise.
Lie on your bed and do a quick five-minute deep breathing session while you’re waiting for the kids to go to sleep. this is a great way to recharge after the craziness of the school pick up and before you start on all those evening chores!
Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes and breathe. Count your breaths in and out until you have counted ten breaths in and ten breaths out, then, start counting your breaths again from one, repeat this counting pattern for as long as you have time.
Some weeks are more hectic than others, and it’s crucial that on those busy weeks take care of yourself and take time to recharge even if it’s only possible for five minutes a day! It’s surprising just how little time it takes to reset your focus.
Five minutes a day adds up to 35 minutes a week
10 minutes a day gives you 70 minutes of self-care per week.
For a busy mum or a workaholic, this can have a hugely positive impact on your stress levels and productivity.
You may like to schedule a few minutes per day, then, a more significant amount of time weekly or monthly if childcare allows, how much or how little you feel you can devote, is up to you, as long as you are doing some self-care practices.
To enable you to feel great and fill up your self-care deficit you need to make sure you are looking after yourself from the inside.
Stay hydrated drink plenty of water, I feel better after drinking at least 1 litre of water per day.
Eat well, eat plenty of fruit and veg, at least five portions of each per day. Reduce your salt, fat and sugar intake.
Avoid sugary drinks replace sugary drinks with sugar-free varieties or plain water.
These suggestions range from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and above. Try to fit at least one into your busy day to help care for yourself and recharge your batteries.
5 minutes deep breathing
5 minutes lying down
Paint your nails
Read a magazine
Sit and do nothing
Go for a walk
Have a shower
Read a book
Walk the dog
Do some stretches
Call a friend
Do some yoga
Have a long soak in the bath
Go to the gym
Go for a run
Go for a swim
Go for a coffee
Meet a friend for lunch
Have a brisk walk
Take a nap
Get a manicure and pedicure
Get a haircut
Have a facial or massage.
FAQ and answers
What are some good self love habits? Eating well, drinking less, stopping smoking and getting plenty of sleep are the best self love habits to develop for yourself as these have the biggest impact on how you feel in the shortest time.
Eating well gives you a fast boost of energy and helps to reduce lethargy, giving you the motivation to tackle most things that come your way.
Excessive smoking and drinking have a huge impact on your day today wellness, try reducing the amount you consume even by a small amount to start to feel a difference in your health.
Getting more sleep enables your body to recover from stress and hard work from the previous day and acts as a supercharger to your energy levels.
How do you practice self care when you’re busy?
Start with something small each day that you choose to do for yourself, our daily self care checklist has many five minute ideas to get you started. You might like to write out a basic self care checklist of things you can do on each day of the week, so taking care of yourself becomes part of your daily routine.
Can I use the self-care checklist if I suffer from depression?
As with all medical conditions it is recommended to see a medical professional to seek help and advice. Our self care checklist for adults is designed to work alongside conventional medical treatments to give you some more ideas about how to care for yourself.
In this post you will be learning how to create a capsule wardrobe color palette to really bring it to life, this will help:
Always have matching items to hand.
Make dressing easier
You spend less money on clothes
Make clothes shopping far easier
Wear comfortable clothes all day every day.
This is the fun bit!
Go to your closet and pick out your favourite outfit, the one which makes you feel fabulous.
Now pick out a few other favourite pieces.
Lay them all out on the bed and take a good look at them, do they all contain the same pop of colour?
If they do have a colour which stands out to you, you’ll probably find that this is the colour pop you’ve been looking for to add to your closet and you can eliminate the rest. We tend to wear colours which make us feel good.
If you are struggling to find some colour inspiration have a look at some colour pallets to see how colours work together.
Once you’ve chosen your pop of colour you can begin to add items to your wardrobe in your chosen colour such as a pop of blush pink as featured here. You will only need to add a few carefully chosen pieces to wear with your basic wardrobe to create lots of fantastic outfits. Try to use as many items from your closet to avoid having to splash the cash!
All of the items I have chosen as an example work well with the 4 base colours we visited in my last post simply because I have not ventured out with the colours I have chosen.
Every item I have chosen is either plain or has one or more of my base colours , this makes it super easy to throw together a stylish, matching outfit in no time , no matter the weather, climate or occasion, everything goes together, casual or smart, the possible outfits are endless, and shopping is effortless.
Spring capsule wardrobe color palette
Winter color palette
As you can see you could be adventurous with your choice of patterns as long as they don’t venture away from your choice of base colours.
Summer color palette
It’s important to have only a few shoes which will go with every outfit you create, depending on your lifestyle.
Patterned shoes are also ok, as long as you stick to your chosen color palette
Studs, spikes, fur, prints and sequins can give your look an edgier feel and make youfeel fabulous darling!
Keep accessories simple, but make a statement!
keep within your colour scheme!
Most of all have fun creating, and building your new capsule wardrobe!
Why not try to build a kids capsule wardrobe to make it easier to get your little people dressed every morning? My kids love being able to put together a stylish outfit and no matter how crazy the combination of clothes they pick out it all still looks good together!
If you are just starting out on your journey to creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe we are here to talk you through the minimalist wardrobe essentials you need, to have in your closet as a solid foundation.
I like to think of these minimalist wardrobe essentials as the building blocks of your wardrobe, that holds the rest of your wardrobe together. Why you need to streamline your wardrobe.
Keeping your kids clothes under control can become a real struggle, especially when you have more than one child. It can be easy to become overwhemed with heaps of unwashed laundry and piles of kids clothes. In this post, we discuss how to create a capsule wardrobe for kids to keep your kid’s clothes organised and their outfits stylish.
What are the benefits of creating a kid’s capsule wardrobe?
Having a kid’s capsule wardrobe is a perfect solution to a few common problems
Prevents having to declutter clothes which have never been worn.
Prevents mismatched outfits.
Helps to ease the process of getting dressed.
Frees up closet and drawer space
Prevents ill-fitting clothes
Prevents itchy and inappropriate clothing
Prevents duplicate items.
I faced all these problems with my kid’s clothes and a few more too.
For example, If my spouse were in charge of getting my daughter dressed, the ensemble of clothes he would dress her in would quite literally make me cringe.
I soon realised that this was because my daughter had a bulging wardrobe, full of beautiful clothes; however, nothing she had would go together to make an outfit.
It frustrated me that most of her clothes were unworn by the time she had grown out of them.
I decided that I needed to pare everything back to create a uniform way to deal with her clothes.
I also thought that I’d like her to get dressed by herself and still look ok to go out!
Creating A Capsule Wardrobe For Kids ~ Step 1
I realised, that if trousers were a plain colour, then I could afford to go a bit edgier with tops, so I decided only to keep:
One pair of black jeans
One pair of dark jeans
One pair of white jeans
One pair of slouchy jeans
One pair of white leggings
One pair of black leggings.
I donated all the other trousers and leggings to avoid miss matching clothes.
I kept a few essential items in the base colours of white and black.
Two white t-shirts with motifs, I tried to keep the colours to black or red.
Here is an example which shows how well pale blue and bright red work well together to form the accent colours.
I have included in this list
These accent colours work well with both base colours and allow my daughter the freedom to choose key pieces and still look good.
I’ve included an example here of how bright colours would work together, work using bright yellow and turquoise as the accent colours. Brights are a great way to add a bit of fun to your kid’s capsule wardrobe without it looking too dull!
The key to creating a capsule wardrobe for kids is to follow these rules when shopping.
Take a list of the critical items that are missing in your child’s wardrobe and don’t be tempted to buy anything that you don’t need, concentrate on building up the things that are missing. A list will help when creating outfits that go together.
Remember to shop within your chosen colour scheme including shoes, bags, hats and all other accessories.
Remember, patterns are ok as long as they don’t contain colours other than your chosen colour pallet, this will make sure that they will match every other item in your child’s wardrobe to create many more fabulous outfits.
Due to every item in your child’s closet working well together, you should not need to buy many clothes
You will be able to create many more outfits than you could before starting your kid’s capsule wardrobe.
You can mix it up a little and be versatile, why not try an edgier version of the red theme.
Here is an example which shows how well pale blue and bright red work well together to form the accent colours.
So there you are, with a few wardrobe staples and an eye for a cute colour pallet you can have fun creating your kid’s capsule wardrobe. You’ll probably find most of the basics and a few accent colours in among their closet already, so all you need to do now is declutter then fill in the gaps!
I hope you enjoy seeing your little ones looking stylish!