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Can you believe that there are only a few more days left in 2019? The dust of the holiday season hasn’t even settled yet but it’s already time to start looking ahead to 2020. And a new year means New Year’s resolutions.
There’s something fun and refreshing about sitting down to come up with resolutions for the new year. The new year is a fresh blank slate where anything is possible. It gives you the chance to examine your life and its possibilities free of the expectations of the previous year.
If you’re having trouble coming up with the perfect New Year’s resolution (or two) don’t worry, this list has 25 New Year’s resolutions just for moms!! 25 resolutions not enough for you? Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find out how you can get a FREE printable goal list with 35 ideas to help you find the perfect New Year’s resolution sent straight to your inbox!
The Ultimate List of New Year’s Resolutions For Moms
1. get on a schedule
If you’re finding yourself constantly running late, stressed out, and drained then it’s time to get yourself and your family on a schedule. Life serious runs much smoother when everyone, including yourself, is on a schedule.
2. shower more often
When you’re a mom to very little ones ( or big kids, I’m not here to judge) some times finding just a few minutes of downtime to shower can feel impossible. Make it a point to carve out just 15 minutes even if it’s every other day to get some alone time in the shower.
3. Make a point to get dressed more often
It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of wearing the same comfortable but probably not so nice looking clothes every day ( hello yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts!). A lot of times this is out of necessity, kids are messy and wearing “nice clothes” around them isn’t a super viable option. BUT what you aim to actually get dressed when you leave the house to run errands, go to playgroup, or to the park. Taking the time to get dressed in something other then yoga pants can do wonders for your self-esteem and help you break out of a mom rut.
4. Drink more water
We all know that there are a TON of health benefits to drinking more water but most of us fall short in this department. Start carrying around water bottle like this Nalgene 32 oz BPA-Free Water Bottle (it’s been my go-to water bottle for years) and resolve to drink 2 liters of water a day. It’s a small and simple goal that can have a major impact on your health.
5. Stop eating your kid’s leftovers
We’re all guilty of making sure everyone in the house gets a proper meal while we’re in the kitchen eating the leftovers. But skipping a healthy lunch and eating leftover chicken nuggets and French fries isn’t going to help you maintain a healthy weight and it won’t provide you with the energy you need to get through the day. Start meal prepping lunches or stock the freezer with healthy pre-made meals and resolve to carve out a few minutes sit down and eat a healthy lunch.
6. Read a book
Put down the screen and read an actual book. While e-readers are super convenient when you read an actual book you absorb information better and you’re also less likely to get distracted and actually finish the book. Another great benefit of physical books is that when your child sees you reading its more likely that they’ll develop a love of reading themselves! So resolve to put down the e-readers and take more family trips to the library.
7. Build strong relationships with your female friends
When you become a mom it’s easy to neglect friendships and lose touch which people. While completely understandable its also important to maintain those friendships so you don’t become isolated in motherhood. Make it a point to reach out to old friends or even make some new ones this year.
8. make exercise a part of your Everyday life
Fitness and weight loss goals are super popular new years resolutions, but they’re also the ones people quickly abandoned. Instead of saying you’re going to spend hours in the gym to reach your goals find ways to build fitness and exercise into your life and get the entire family involved. Go for morning walks with the kids, take weekend hikes, or even sign up for a family-friendly 5k.
9. put down the phone
I think we can all honestly say that we spend more time then we should on our phones ( or tablets). Spending endless amounts of time during the day scrolling through your phone is not only a colossal time waste but can also cause you to neglect relationships and also sets a bad example for our kids. Resolve to drastically reduce the time you spend on your phone and use that time instead to focus on knocking tasks off your to-do list, playing with your kids, or reading an actual book.
10. get your kid involved around the house
As moms, it’s easy to get into the habit of doing everything around the house by ourselves. Because most of the time, doing it our selves is quicker and it gets done exactly how we want it. But this is a HORRIBLE habit that not only causes us to have an ever-increasing workload it also isn’t teaching our kids responsibility. Start assigning age-appropriate chores and get everyone in the family to pitch in. Not only will this teach your kids responsibility but it’ll help to take some of the workload off you. Which will help reduce your stress level and frees up time in your day. And who doesn’t want responsible kids, less stress and more free time!
11. STOP complaining
Everyone has bad days and I’m not saying to bottle that up and never talk about it. BUT if you find that when you get together with your girlfriends or tell your husband about your day you focus only on the negative or what went wrong then you’re probably complaining too much. Resolve to stop complaining and start focusing on the positive.
12. practice gratitude
This one is tied pretty closely stop complaining. We often focus so much on what’s going wrong that we lose sight of what’s going right in our lives. When you take the time to actually sit down and think about all the great things in your life, you quickly realize that all those “bad” things you were complaining about actually aren’t all that bad. This year start a simple gratitude journal and every night write down 3 things that you are grateful for. Before you know it you’ll have a journal full of things you can look back on when you’re having a bad day and need a pickup.
13. give yourself grace
Being a mom is hard work. Some day you feel like you’re doing everything right and other days you’ll feel like you sitting on the kitchen floor crying because you can’t do a single thing right. On those bad days work on giving yourself grace. No one has this motherhood thing figured out, and that’s okay. All that matters is that your doing the best you can. And every day your best is going to look a little different.
14. spend more time in the moment with your kids
We have so much going on during the day that when we finally find time to sit down and play with our kids our minds are often thinking about the next task on our to-do list. This year set the goal to be more intentional with the time you spend with your kids. Focus only on what you’re doing with them and not on what you have to do next and actually enjoy your kids! Remember to aim for quality time over quantity.
15. find a hobby that has nothing to do with children
It’s easy to lose ourselves in motherhood and lose touch with the things we used to really enjoy doing. Finding a hobby that’s all your own is a great way to help reclaim a part of yourself and provides a much needed creative outlet. This year resolve to find a new hobby, don’t be afraid to try out a few things until you find the perfect one.
16. keep your planner up to date
Being a mom means constantly juggling appointments, birthdays, school recitals, sports, and so many other events. If you find that you’re constantly forgetting important events and scrambling the last minute then you need to get yourself a planner and regularly update it! Planners don’t need to be complicated, something like this 2020 Weekly & Monthly Planner is all you need to keep your schedule running smoothly!
17. start printing photos and keeping them in a photo album
30 years from now your kids (probably) aren’t going to be able to scroll through your phone and see all the pictures you’ve taken of their childhood. Resolve to print off a few pictures every few weeks and put them in a simple photo album so you’re family will be sure to have them for years and even decades from now.
19. get professional Family photos taken (or at least have a friend get a good family photo)
Get one good set of family and sibling photos taken this year. Not only will you have some new super cute picture to put up in your house but it will be a great memory to look back at years from now.
20. be more intentional with your free time
We’re all guilty of sitting on the couch scrolling through social media when we have some time to ourselves. But endless hours on mindless scrolling doesn’t actually help us wind and doesn’t feed your soul. This year resolve to be more intentional with your free time and fill that time with good books, hobbies, a walk around the block, or even just sitting outside with a cup of coffee in silence.
21. get more pictures of you WITH your kids
Have you ever gotten out of the way of a picture that was being taken because you didn’t like what you were wearing, or the way your hair looked, or because you didn’t have makeup on? When we do this we’re letting our insecurity or vanity get in the way and we’re robbing our kids of the chance of having pictures with us that they can look back at when they’re older. So this year get into all those pictures and let that smile shine bright!
22. Stop consuming negative new stories
There is a lot of negativity out in the world right now. And it’s easy to get so wrapped up in it that it starts to affect your outlook on life. It can cause you to begin parenting from a place of fear. If you find that watching and reading the news is causing you stress, anxiety and affecting your parenting then this year tune it out and focus on what’s around you. You don’t have to become oblivious to what’s going in the world just be very conscious about where you get your news from and how often you consume it.
23. get your budget under control
Finances are one of the greatest causes of stress and arguments in a marriage. If you find yourself stressing out over finances or if it’s causing a strain in your marriage then resolve to sit down with your spouse and write out a budget and take control of your finances.
24. discover a few new go-to recipes
Finding a recipe that’s easy to cook AND you know everyone will eat is kind of like hitting the jackpot. Unfortunately, once you find one of these recipes it’s easy to find yourself cooking it over and over again until it loses its appeal. So this year if you’re in need of a little dinner time verity resolve tests out one or two new recipes a month and find some new family favorites.
25. create an evening routine –
Mom life can be hard and we’ve all had those days ( or weeks ) where we just feel run down and exhausted. Take some time to create a calming and relaxing evening routine to help destress after a long day. You’ll also find that taking time to relax every night before you go to bed will help you sleep better and wake well-rested and ready to take on what every day or your toddler throws at you!
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