GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- If you’ve got big plans for 2016 don’t let the momentum stop! Keeping on track with your New Year’s resolutions can be hard especially if you’re a mom. As moms we find that we often put ourselves last.
I often find myself eating dinner at 9pm at night after the kids are finally in bed. I’ve got to make sure the bags are packed for the next day, the lunches are made, the dishes are done, the toys are picked up and the dogs are fed. It’s a vicious cycle and you may find by the time you have time for you, you’re too exhausted to do anything but hit the couch to watch “The Bachelor”. But stay strong and find time for you!
Here’s 10 Resolutions every mom should make and KEEP!
1. Start a workout plan
This is one of the hardest habits to create! Find a plan that you love and stick with it. Make time to get your body moving. You’ll find you will be happier and have more energy once you get going.
2. Cook healthier for your family
Start cutting out the processed foods from everyone’s diet. Add more fruits, veggies, whole grain and lean proteins to your meal plans.
3. Plan some girl time
Schedule a girl’s night once a month. Getting out and letting off some steam with the girl’s is a great way to be yourself and have fun.
4. indulge in a guilty pleasure
Every once in a while order the pizza you LOVE! If your family hates the veggie pizza you crave order yourself a personal pizza and indulge. You should get a slice of your favorite every once in a while!
5. Get more sleep
Chances are you’re staying up late to get your own things done and maybe even waking up with young kids during the night. Try getting to bed a little earlier by easing into it. Start your bedtime routine a half-hour earlier. Sometimes an extra half-hour or hour of sleep can make a big difference!
Plan to disconnect. When your family gets home for the day have everyone toss their phones in a basket and leave them there. This will help you focus on what’s important and put down the screens.
7. Plan some romance
Plan a date night. It’s important for women to feel a sense of romance in their lives so make it a priority.
8. Spend some quality play time with your kids
Put down the second screens and get down on the floor or outside to play with your kids. Don’t just watch them get involved!
9. Read a book
Reading a book can transport you to another place and help you relax.
10. Master the art of saying no
It’s ok to say no. Saying no and creating priorities (including yourself) will help you long term find more time for you!