New Year’s Resolutions: How Are You Doing?

new year's resolutionsHere we are, one month into the new year and the question is…how are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? As busy parents it can be challenging, to say the least, to make and keep any sort of resolution. Unless your resolution was to change more diapers, stay up all night and clean food up off the floor – you might not have kept your resolutions. Not to worry, there is still time to reach your personal goals. We’ve put together some helpful tips for the top 5 new year’s resolutions.

New Year’s Resolutions: How Are You Doing?

Quit Smoking: The desire to quit smoking is still the number one New Year’s resolution. If you are a smoker, who doesn’t want to be anymore, perhaps you need a little assitance. There are plenty of stories of people quitting “cold turkey”, but that might not be the solution for everyone. Visit with a health care provider and discuss the options that are available and work out a plan that will be successful for you.

Get Organized: The living room has become the playroom and the playroom has become a disaster…it’s time to get organized. The best place to start is to start sorting…what do you need and what can you give away? Spend 20 minutes a day sorting and in no time at all the house will be cleared…one Lego piece at a time.

Get More Exercise: The holiday weight is sticking around for the winter and it’s seems to be impossible to fit exercise into your daily schedule. The key is looking for bits and pieces of physical activity whenever you can. Spending time at the park with the kids? Walk the stairs at the playground. Find ways to walk, instead of driving, whenever you can. Drop the kids off at hockey and go for a walk, or run around the arena.

Eat Healthier: Busy parents spend a lot of time worrying about what our children are eating and we often forget to put anything on our own plates. How many days have you sat down for dinner, only to realize you ate a chocolate bar for lunch? The easiest way to eat healthier is to eliminate unhealthy choices. If you don’t bring home the bag of chips – they won’t be there at snack time. Instead stock the shelves with fruit, veggies and healthy snacks. Make your only choice, a healthy choice.

Unplug: Putting down the cell phone and turning off the computer is such a HUGE challenging. Everyone is so connected to social media, the internet and to work. Looking for a way to unplug? Set a manageable goal. Aim to unplug for 30 minutes – spend 30 minutes totally focused on the kids, or yourself every day. If that works out, bump it up to an hour. Better yet, unplug and go for a walk…two birds with one stone.

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Jen Farr

In my "previous life" I was a mental health professional...in my current life I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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