Self-Care Ideas for Parents in Des Moines

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Self-Care Ideas for Parents in Des Moines

Sleep-deprived, stressed, and over-extended. If you are a parent then you have probably described yourself as one of those words at some point in time. We must take care of ourselves just as we take care of our children. We need self-care! You hear the term “self-care” everywhere. But what actually is it and how can we fit it into our busy lives?

What is self-care? 

Self-care can mean something different to each individual. But in general, self-care is taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy. This can mean physical, mental, and spiritual. How you practice self-care is unique to you.

Take a look at our list of self-care ideas around the Des Moines Metro and see what you can try.

Photo from Inner Space Des Moines


Meditation can be described as a way to calm and pay attention to your overall well-being. It can relieve stress, regulate your feelings, and reduce pain. There are many apps you can use to meditate at home but sometimes going outside your home to meditate can help put you in the right space.

Inner Space DSM

Address: 1251 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309

Inner Space is a place that offers a variety of experiences to optimize your well-being. A few of their services include Assisted Lymphatic Therapy, Red Light Therapy Bed, BioCharger NG, The Sound Lounge, The Salt Lounge, Amethyst Biomat Therapy, and Polychromatic Light Therapy. You can book your sessions or try a class. They offer a 3 for $33 membership. You pick three services to use each month. 


Address: Location varies by class

Intertwined offers guided nature and forest therapy. Forest therapy is when you engage with the natural world using your senses. It can boost immunity, lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety, and increase cognitive functioning. They hold classes throughout the month at different locations around the Des Moines Metro. 

Golden Aura Healing 

Address: Location varies by class

Golden Aura Healing offers sound bath classes. A sound bath class is a meditative experience where you lie down and listen to resonant sounds. Amy Marie is the instructor and provides classes around the Des Moines Metro.

From Within Wellness

Address: 312 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

From Within Wellness is a small business, owned and operated by Allison Peet. She teaches mindfulness through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), private teaching and workshops.  MBSR can increase mental performance, reduce stress, and regulate emotions.


The health benefits of time in a sauna have been researched and studied. According to Mayo Clinical Proceedings, sauna use may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of dementia, alleviate respiratory symptoms, improve arthritis, and reduce stress.  So take some time for yourself and relax in a sauna. 

Perspire Sauna Studio


  • 140 Jordan Creek Pkwy Ste 155, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • 505 E Hickman Rd STE 140, Waukee, IA 50263
  • 1510 N Ankeny Blvd Suite 103, Ankeny, IA 50023

Perspire Sauna Studio has infrared saunas. Infrared saunas have infrared rays with visible color light to heat your body. You can purchase single sessions or a monthly membership. 

Pure Sweat + Float Studio

Address: 1220 NE Station Crossing Dr. Suite 110, Grimes, IA 50111

Pure Sweat + Float Studio not only has infrared saunas, but it also has float therapy and cold plunging. Float therapy is when you float in an Epsom salt-filled tub. Float therapy can alleviate stress, provide pain relief, and increase your quality of sleep. Cold plunging can improve your immune health, support muscle recovery, give you an energy boost, and help your overall mental health. They offer single sessions and monthly passes as well. 

The Sanctuary at Whole Health Chiropractic

Address: 4217 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Get your chiropractic care at Whole Health Chiropractic then spend time in their Sanctuary in an infrared sauna. You can purchase single sessions or a monthly membership. They also offer acupuncture.

Try an Activity

We put our children in different activities all the time but when was the last time we tried something new? Maybe you have something you loved doing as a child or a desire to try something new for you. 

Cirque Wonderland Studios

Address: 105 S 11th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cirque Wonderland offers classes for adults. Start with their Aerial FUNdamentals class to learn the basics, then purchase a membership and continue to learn new skills.

Climb Iowa


  • 3605 SE Miehe Dr, Grimes, IA 50111
  • 150 E 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Climb Iowa has two locations in Grimes and the East Village. If you have climbed before, then purchase a monthly membership. For newbies, they have several different types of classes to choose from. 

Parks & Recreation Department

Your local Parks and Recreation Departments offer softball, kickball, pickleball, and several other adult leagues.

What self-care practices do you follow? Let us know if you have some ideas we should add to our list! 

Jackie Fioritto

Jackie Fioritto

Hi, I’m Jackie. I am a teacher who recently became a stay-at-home mother of two. My husband and I moved to Des Moines from Green Bay, Wisconsin a few years ago. Originally, I am from Chicago, Illinois. My family has loved exploring Des Moines and all that it has to offer!

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