Now that the holiday season is winding down, a new year is approaching. Once the ball drops in Times Square, we can all get a fresh start and say goodbye to 2011. With that comes new years resolutions aimed at improving our lifestyles.
As a mom, there’s probably not enough time in the day to shower, let alone work on ourselves. Here’s five resolutions that aren’t too difficult to tackle as a busy mom.
1. Reduce, Reuse Recycle.Do you recycle already? Awesome. But what else can you do to help reduce your footprint? In addition to the traditional curbside recycling you may already do, try to incorporate your kids by encouraging them to join in on the fun! Have them help sort recyclables, or if you have to drive to a center to recycle, bring them along. This resolution will not only help the planet, but it will teach your kids why it’s so important to recycle!
2. Take tech breaks. I know this may sound kind of silly coming from a blog, but it’s vital to give yourself a chunk of screen-free hours each day. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself to settle down — set an alarm or timer, even! Do this with your kids, too. I know my kids spend more time in front of a screen than I’d like (whether it’s watching Pixar movies or playing learning games online). For me, I’m going to do my best to not bring my laptop into bed. I get a lot of work done at night, but if I plan my day better, I wont need to! So do your eyes a break, and enjoy some tech-free time each day.
3. Invest in your relationships. Once we become moms, we spend all day every day thinking about our kids. What they eat, how well they sleep, what they’re learning…the list goes on and on. This year, resolve to invest in an adult relationship. This could be spending time alone with your significant other, or even reconnecting with an old friend. If we lose sight of who we are as individuals, we wont be the best mom we can be.
4. Get fit. Yup. The dreaded “lose weight” resolution, but not quite. Instead of focusing on the number, do your best to just make smarter food choices, and to move a little bit more. It’s not about looking like a model (although that would be fab!), but being healthy so that you can stick around to watch your kids grow up. Being healthy is all about longevity. Crazy diets aren’t setting the example you want your kids to see. A long term healthier lifestyle is what’s best for you AND your kids.
5. Remember the little moments. Remember when your kid said that one thing last year … what was it again? Nope, I can’t remember either. With how busy our lives are, it is so hard to document every sweet moment of our little one’s lives. Start making notes on scrap paper and just file them away in an envelope. That way, you can sit down and thumb through the special moments when you have time.