Ushering in the New Year can be a wonderful but overwhelming feeling. It is a chance for a clean slate, a refresh, a time to start out with new goals and resolutions or revise existing goals to make sure they’re inline with longterm ones. All of these things are great but they can lead to a feeling of despair when everything does not go perfectly according to plan. As most of us probably already know, life rarely goes according to plan. Instead of setting individual goals and resolutions this year, try setting up one of these healthy New Year resolutions for busy families. You will have an entire support system and working together as a family to achieve your resolutions or goals and that can teach you more about each other than you might think! Here are some ideas for healthy New Year resolutions for busy families that are simple for you, and your busy family to get started with this year!
Eating better on your own when you have a family to cook for is next to impossible. Making two (or more) different options for every meal, constant temptations, feeling left out; just does not work well. Instead of trying to make drastic changes for yourself this year work together as a family to set healthy eating goals! This will cut down on anyone feeling like they’re going at it alone and eating better can work to help cure a lot of different problems. Weight loss might be one of your goals but having more energy, sleeping better, and lowering the risk of health problems for everyone are just a few of the benefits of eating healthy!
The whole family can see results that will impact their daily lives.
This is a great option especially if you have little ones! Reading together as a family can seem like a daunting task when you have different age and comprehension levels. Start a reading challenge chart that rewards you all for working towards your goals! A pizza party night, movies, new books, the possibilities for rewards are endless! The great thing about reading more as a family is that you get to learn more about each other through your interests.
This common ground will help give you insights about your family members that you may have missed otherwise!
Try working as a family to spend less time in front of screens and more time with each other. This can also be a great way to work together to get more exercise. Spend time outside as a family. You can walk the dogs, play at the park, or even spend some time working on your sledding or skating skills; no matter what you choose to do, turn the phones off.
Enjoy each other’s company without the interruptions and distractions of technology.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Maybe you already recycle, maybe you’d like to be more diligent about your recycling habits, or maybe you’d just like to start working on being more earth conscious. Working together as a family to “go green” this year can be a great way to combine your various skills to do something good for each other and the environment. Make your recycling plan into a challenge or a chart so everyone knows how they can help! If you can recycle for money you can set that aside for a family reward at the end of the year!
No matter what you decide to do for your healthy New Year’s resolutions the most important thing, being a busy family and all, is that you connect with one another.
Spending quality time together as a family will help you feel supported and connected all year long.
How do you choose New Year’s resolutions for your busy family each year?
Did you decide on one for this year?