Making self-care a habit is super important for moms (and everyone!). Try these Easy Self-Care Routines for Moms (with a free weekly habit tracker printable), you’ll be well on your way to planning your weeks with tons of self-care and joy time for yourself. A habit tracker is a great way to make sure you are taking the time to take care of yourself every day!
Making the time and effort for self-care is super important when you are a mother. It’s so easy for moms to get burned out and exhausted. We’ve all been there, am I right? And because we’ve all been there, I’ve got a few pieces of advice for my fellow mommies to help! Avoiding burnout is super important. Self-care is insanely important for women and it should be a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. It might be hard to get started at first, but once you get in the routine and make it a habit that you depend on, it will become part of your daily routine in the best possible way! I’m including a free weekly habit tracker printable to help you get started with your mommy self-care!
The Need for a Habit Tracker
So much pressure is put on taking care of your families that lots of times as women we totally forget to take care of ourselves. Self-care for moms is super important. And I know it’s the first thing to go by the wayside for me if the schedule gets hectic. Over the years I’ve learned to put plans in place to make self-care a priority for me.
The problem I kept running into was that if I didn’t write down the self-care activity and plan it ahead of time, it wouldn’t get done. Either I would run out of time or I would totally forget in the chaos of the days. By the end of the day, the goals and habits I wanted to complete would still be left undone. How could I make sure that self-care was getting done? That was the important thing!
My solution ended up being the creation of a habit list that I wanted to keep track of each day, to ensure that I didn’t overlook my own self-care. I created my own weekly habit tracker with activities that worked for me. And that habit tracker quickly let me see what areas I was consistently overlooking in my self-care. Once you start keeping track of your daily activities, it’s more and more clear what areas you need to work on and make time for in your daily life.
Why is self-care so important?
As a mother, taking good care of yourself is one of your most important jobs. Often it’s lost on moms that taking care of themselves is JUST as important as taking care of their families.
But…What do you mean…How can taking care of your family not be your number one priority?? That’s nuts, my family is my top priority!
I hear you! Taking care of my family is my number one priority too. But here’s the kicker… if I’m not at my best, I’m not going to give my family my best. It’s not even a possibility! Which is why it’s CRAZY important to take care of yourself, too. You MUST fill up your own tank and put your own oxygen mask on first before you can take the best care of others! Daily self-care is a must. To read more about that, follow to this article.
Making Better Habits
So what are the daily habits I should be including in my routine? What bad habits do I need to get rid of in my daily life? What good habits should I be including in my routines? Do I need new habits altogether? If I’m doing this Supermom, I’m going to need habit tracker ideas, I have no idea what to write down on these trackers!
I hear you! And I’m here for you! I’ve got you totally covered.
Why is Habit Tracking So Important?
The reason using a habit tracker is so essential for me is to see my progress each day and week. I love the weekly habit tracker because it lets me see my plan for the entire week at one time. And even better, I can see my small wins each day as I get to check items off my list! It feels productive! I check one item on the list, and all of a sudden I’m motivated to move on to the next item. And the next! So on and so forth!! And it feels good to be doing something for yourself!
Need more reasons? Here’s an article with 7 reasons why you should track your habits.
On the flip side, if the day didn’t go so well, you can see what areas need some work and which areas you can do a little better with the next day.
The best way to make sure you actually complete your self-care on a daily basis is using a habit tracker. What gets measured gets done. Period. And the more you stick to your habit tracker routine, the more positive habits you form! Before long some of your self-care is just a normal part of your daily routine. You don’t have to think about adding it in anymore. And that’s our goal here! Self-care will be so ingrained that you wouldn’t think about skipping over it to save some time or be more efficient.
Printable Habit Tracker
Now, there are all kinds of free printable habit trackers you can find on the internet, and they are all probably just fine!
But the reason I think mine is exceptional is that it’s set up for moms! And it’s flexible. I’ve got one that’s already filled out and ready to go if you need suggestions! And I’ve also included a blank one if you want to go your own way and create the habit tracker that works best for you! Mine is a daily habit tracker that’s set up to look at a week at a time. You could get the ones that look at monthly habits and there is even a yearly habit tracker if you like that long a view. But I think those can get too overwhelming. A week at a time seems like a good pace to me and it lets you see and celebrates when you have a small win. Small wins turn into big wins over time!
Easy Self-Care Routines for Moms – What Goes On Your Habit Tracker List?
I put a lot of things on my weekly habit tracker. It’s self-care tasks along with care routines that stress me out if I don’t get to them. Seeing them on paper in front of me reminds me that they have a place of importance in my day and need to be taken care of, too.
Everyday life can get super busy and I find having great habits in place makes a huge difference for me. There are a ton of things you can put on your habit tracker!
It could include new things or activities you want to try (try a new recipe a week or track healthy eating). Maybe it is kicking an old bad habit you don’t want to include in your life every day (no artificial sweeteners each day!). It could be a positive change you want to see in your thinking or outlook (take 3 minutes to practice gratitude each day!) Similarly, it could be a very specific habit that you want to start (put eye cream on every night before bed!). Maybe you want to try a new healthy habit to add into your routine each week (Drink 64 oz of water each day, stretch your body every day, do 10 push-ups today, etc). I’ve included a list of ideas as a good example of a weekly habit tracker routine to start with the tracker.
Additional Resources for Habit Tracking & Easy Self-Care Routines for Moms:
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Here are some wonderful books about the power of habits and habit tracking:
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – by Charles Duhigg
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything – by BJ Fogg
- Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life – by Gretchen Rubin
My Habit Tracker Free Printables
First, you’ll join my email list here and then you’ll be emailed the pdf format files that have the free habit tracker printables. Next, the daily habit trackers can be printed in full size 8.5×11 (US Letter) OR I’ve also included a half-size (A5 Size) for those of you with bullet journal habit trackers, smaller planners, or those of you that just prefer a horizontal habit tracker! The download link will come in your introductory email from Supermom Shuffle. Finally, you’ll also get some additional tools and goodies from me in your email to get you heading in the right direction on your self-care!
How to Use your Habit Tracker?
I print out my habit tracker each week on Sunday morning. I set my goals for the week and I slip that paper into my calendar so that it is right where I can see it all week long.
There is a simple circle for each day’s task that you can color in or put a checkmark in each day when you complete that task. I love watching my items get checked off my list as the day goes on! Put whatever you want to track on there. It’s your tracker! Make it your own!
Wrap-Up – Easy Self-Care Routines for Moms
It’s super helpful to track habits to help you make sure you are taking care of yourself every day. I find it to be a marvelous and effective form of motivation. As a mom, taking care of yourself is super important. Not only are you making sure the best version of yourself is showing up for your family, but you are also setting an excellent example for your family about how important self-care is and how they should also take good care of themselves. And taking the best care of our families is our ultimate goal!
In the meantime, and as always, just keep shuffling.
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