There are some things you can do to help you succeed at your New Year’s resolutions but the most important thing is to make your resolutions important enough to follow through on.
So consider these 12 resolutions to make anytime.
Here are some ideas to make some life altering changes. You don’t need to do all.
Focus on one a month, or just pick your top three for the year.
Go to Bed on Time
Adequate sleep is critical in a person’s mental, physical, and emotional well being.
Eat more Green Stuff
Very few of us eat enough vegetables.
Try to include extra fruit and vegetables at every meal.
Put chopped broccoli and peppers in your scrambled eggs, add some kale leaves to your salad or sandwich at lunch, and mix some zucchini into your potatoes at supper.
You don’t need to revamp your whole cooking and meal planning strategy, you just need to add some extra nutrients to what you’re already making.
Read to your Kids More Often
Reading is good for you and good for them.
Even if your kids are older, they can get used to, and will learn to appreciate a family reading time.
Make regular read aloud time a bonding activity.
Spend some Time Outside Every Day
Get some fresh air and sunshine. This is a resolution to make anytime.
If it’s windy or rainy or even blizzardy, fresh air can still do you good.
A friend who runs a day home says that she is required to take the children outside for at least 20 minutes, unless it is 20 degrees below Celsius ( that’s -4 Fahrenheit for all the American readers).
It’s a requirement I think most adults could benefit from.
Rest One Day Per Week
Even God worked 6 days and rested on the 7th and your work is not more important than His.
Take a day to unplug and relax.
Your family will thank you and getting back to the grind at the beginning of the week will be a lot easier.
Studies have proven time and again that you will accomplish more in less hours if you take that time to recharge.
Create a Will and Retirement Plan and Get Life Insurance
If you don’t already have these three “Doomsday” plans set up, you need to make this a priority.
You never know when something will happen and you don’t want to rely on the government to make these important decisions.
And preparing for the future is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your children.
Cook more Meals from Scratch
Not only will this save you money, you’ll also be eating healthier than if you pop premade meals in the oven or microwave.
Random Acts of Kindness
I am not suggesting you pay for the order of the vehicle behind you in the drive through.
I’m talking about serving your own family. What great resolutions to make anytime.
My oldest, age 6, is expected to clear the table and help tidy the kitchen after supper.
Once in awhile I’ll get the opportunity to speed clean the table when he isn’t looking, as a surprise for him.
Or I’ll ask my children multiple times to hang up their coat and then, instead of getting mad that they haven’t done it, I’ll hang it up for them.
I have found that they are more likely to hang up their coat the next time, often without me having to ask.
Your family deserves the best you have to give.
The key with this one is to do it in a language they understand.
Different things matter to different people.
The author of a book I read talks about how she starches her husband’s shirts and he loves it.
My farmer husband could care less about starched shirt but he truly appreciates when I refill his iced tea jug.
Compliment Someone Daily
You would be surprised how good it makes you feel to make someone else feel loved.
It does not need to be a big deal, a simple ‘I love that smile’ will do just fine.
Make a Family Photo Book or Album
Upload all those cell phone photos and email them to Walmart to print and slide them into a photo book or photo album.
A friend in the photography industry told me that something like 90% of digital photos taken will never be printed.
So take the next step and preserve those memories in something more than digital form.
A hard copy is way easier for grandparents or even your children to flip through to relive those memories.
Say “No” More Often
You don’t have to do everything. If you aren’t able to do it, they will find someone who can.
You don’t have to save the world single handedly. And your children don’t need to be involved in everything under the sun.
You have more important things to do.
In the spirit of my own resolutions, I have decided to say “no” to a few things in my life.
I’ve run into some health problems that require me to reduce my stress load.
Finally, my children are my biggest source of stress (albeit beautiful stress) I’m stuck with them for life (which is a good thing!) so my options are limited.
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