With the ball freshly dropped, the champagne popped, and families around the country waking up to clean out the debris from last night’s festivities, the new year is officially here.
For many, both moms and otherwise, that means that it’s time to start hammering out the finer points of those promises that we made ourselves in the heat of the moment.
If you’re jaded by resolutions from years past that seem to stick for a week before getting tabled, you might just need a new kind of resolution to bring back that New Year, New You attitude.
This year, forget those far-off ambitions that are easy to push to the back of your mind until the ball is dropping next year in favor of goals that can be divided into smaller, more manageable chunks.
Whether you’re looking to finally fill your rainy day fund, give yourself the care you deserve or get your whole family more wellness-minded, grab a year-long goal you can actually complete.
New Year’s Resolutions for Moms That You Can Actually Stick To
Carve out at least an hour for yourself every day to do whatever you want to do.
Focus On Me – For many moms, between school, work, and managing a household with children, time is already at a premium, and as the holidays come to close we’re faced with the backlog of things that we’ve been ignoring.
This year, don’t settle for pushing back your you time, carve out at least an hour for yourself every day to do whatever you want to do.
Whether that means catching up on those missed hours of sleep or reading the hottest new page-turner to hit the shelves, make sure that you’re keeping your focus on you during that hour.
Little Tip: If you’re having trouble finding the time in your day to squeeze an extra hour into an already over-packed schedule, instead pass your little ones off to a loved one for an afternoon, and take a half day to be you instead of mommy.
Drop that resolution to drop those pounds.
It Ain’t Easy Being Cheese Free – From weight loss to diets, physical wellness and health almost always top the charts for New Resolutions and are almost always one of the quickest to vanish as the stress of the New Year rolls in.
This year, drop that resolution to drop those pounds, ditch the latest fad diet, and instead opt to change the way you think about wellness.
Don’t just make it one part of your day or life, start thinking about the way your choices every day affect the wellness, not just of you, but of your entire family.
Don’t aim to get quick results, or see sudden transformations, make this a year of healthy living and aim to change your lifestyle as a whole.
Little Tip: Start off simple, and set up a year worth of goals, but avoid goals based on weight. Instead, set up goals like running for 30 minutes every day, or getting in an extra serving of vegetables with dinner each night. Once you’re hitting those goals, the weight goals will happen by themselves, and you’ll be able to stay far healthier for far longer.
Skip the excuses and start with a plan.
Going, going, gone – Another major goal that often gets put up on the shelf and forgotten as the year goes on is taking the time out to travel.
Getting out there on a trip is hard, it takes time and money, and for a mom with littles, it takes more than a small amount of both, meaning that as much as you’d love to travel, life, more often than not, gets in the way.
This year, skip the excuses and start with a plan. Pick your destination, pick a date, and start listing out the steps that are going to get you there.
Know if you’ll need a passport, figure out how much you’ll need to spend on a hotel and airfare, and double check how much time you’ll need to take off, then hold yourself to hitting certain savings milestones by specific dates.
Even if it takes the full year to save up for that dream vacation, keep your eyes on the prize, and next year you will thank you from her tropical beach vacay.
Little Tip: If you’ve got babies or toddlers, a grand tour of Europe might be a little beyond the scope of a family trip right now. Short road trips, however, can be both cost-effective, and little one friendly, helping to gradually ease your children into traveling.
Do a little research and try out a few new possibilities.
Back In The Swing Of Things – This year, choose an old hobby from days gone by to get back into and pick things up where you left off.
If you don’t have an old interest that’s gone by the wayside, take the time to do a little research and try out a few new possibilities that just might be your new cup of tea.
Finding a new hobby is about more than just getting away and doing you for a little while, it can be the gateway to finding new friends, or even a stylish side hustle to bring in a little extra income from time to time.
Little Tip: For the first few sessions, try to carve out a little time to go all on your own, but once you’ve gotten into the swing of things, if you find yourself missing your family, bring them along and show them a side of you they may otherwise never have seen.
Resolve to get a full night’s worth of sleep as often as possible.
Beautiful Dreamer – Whether it’s the wailing cries of a baby, or taking your time savoring those few minutes of getting to watch a TV show with some actual substance, for many moms, getting in a full night’s rest can feel like finding a unicorn, mythical, transcendent, and unlikely to happen unless you’re a princess.
This year, put the distractions away, switch off the electronics, and resolve to get a full night’s worth of sleep as often as possible.
Don’t keep pushing back those resting hours, set a bedtime for yourself, and hold to it, no matter how much kicking and screaming you or your little ones do.
Little Tip: If you’re struggling with pre-sleep distractions like the alluring glow of those Instagram alerts from your phone, institute a blackout period after a certain time of night during which no electronic devices may be used. Include yourself in the rule, both to lead by example, and to get to bed earlier and finally fulfill a New Year’s goal.
Little Tip: If you’re struggling with pre-sleep distractions like the alluring glow of those Instagram alerts from your phone, institute a blackout period after a certain time of night during which no electronic devices may be used. Include yourself in the rule, both to lead by example, and to get to bed earlier and finally fulfill a New Years goal.