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15 Realistic New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Moms (Sponsored)

The pressure to be a perfect mom is at an all-time high on New Year’s Eve. In case you forgot, that’s when 60 percent of the country decides to set impossible goals for themselves to accomplish in the coming year. But what if—and feel free to call this idea crazy—us moms decided to NOT put unreasonable pressure on ourselves and actually set realistic goals this year?

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It’s so “out there” that it just might work. Want to join us? Here are 15 realistic New Year’s resolutions that moms can set for themselves. Strive for these doable goals and, with any luck, you’ll still be on track come February.

  1. Be more eco-conscious. You don’t need to make drastic changes to your routine to start living more sustainably. Adopting small, eco-friendly habits—like shopping with reusable grocery bags and using cloth diapers instead of disposables—can make a big eco-impact and save you money to boot! Set a goal to make mindful decisions about the planet and you’ll be living more sustainably in no time.
  2. Limit phone usage around kids. Yes, the ping of an email notification can be difficult to resist. But if your smartphone usage is starting to have a negative impact on your kids, it’s time to exert some control over your phone use. Make a resolution to put away your phone during family time and be more present with your kiddos.
  3. Carve out time for yourself. Want to be the best version of yourself for your kids? Make more time for self-care. Come up with a game plan with your partner about how both of you can get away for an hour to do your own thing. You’ll both be happier for it.
  4. Put on your workout clothes twice a week. Do your exercise resolutions always fail by the end of January? Try this one instead: Wear cute activewear at least twice a week. Research shows that wearing activewear can shift your mindset and motivate you to work out. Take advantage of those post-holiday sales with new fitness gear.
  5. Go outside regularly. Being in nature is good for the entire family. You don’t have to commit to hiking a five-mile trail every week. If you’re crunched for time, take a quick stroll around the neighborhood with the kids.
  6. Be more patient. Many of us moms don’t realize just how impatient we are until we have kids. To help keep your emotions in check, start by knowing your triggers. Does your temper flare up when you’re hungry? Do you get angrier in the mornings? Identify the things that are most likely to set you off and take steps to avoid them.
  7. Do more romantic things for your partner. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our quest to be an amazing mom that we neglect our role as a romantic partner. Don’t let the romance slip away! Leave your partner sweet notes and pick up their favorite treat at the store. Dish out more compliments and make them feel sexy.

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  8. Give yourself more credit. It’s no secret that 2020 was extremely tough for mamas everywhere. You navigated homeschooling, working from home and the stress of a global pandemic. Give yourself credit for all that! Sure, you probably had parenting moments that you weren’t proud of, but you made it through in one piece. Cue the applause.
  9. Take periodic breaks from social media. Have you tried this? Because honestly, taking a break from seeing “perfect” mommy influencers on Instagram feels like a breath of fresh air. If you’re having trouble breaking your smartphone addiction, there are plenty of social media-blocking apps that can help reduce your screen time.
  10. Train your brain to be positive. Are you a glass-half-full kind of person? Change your negative mindset by keeping a gratitude journal. Start by writing down something you’re grateful for every day. Over time, you’ll train your brain to think more positively.
  11. Read more often.  Don’t just read to your kids—read for yourself, too. Reading offers a slew of physical and mental health benefits, from boosting your brain connectivity to building a strong vocabulary. Besides, it’s important that your kids see you reading for fun so they can mimic the habit.
  12. Eat a healthy breakfast. Get your day off to a better start by eating a healthy breakfast (read: not a pop tart). If you have to wake up 15 minutes earlier to make yourself a decent breakfast, then do it. Your day will go by much more smoothly when your body is fueled by actual nutrients instead of empty calories.
  13. Get better sleep. If you’re having a hard time sticking to #12, try fixing your sleep schedule first. According to the Sleep Foundation, there is a correlation between a poor night’s sleep and how many calories you consume the next day. To get better sleep, try reducing your screen time during the evening. If you and your partner always watch TV after the kids go to sleep, consider wearing glasses that block blue light to reduce your exposure.

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  14. Be a better listener. Really listen to your kids when they talk about their day or express their frustration. Practicing active listening can help you build a stronger relationship with your child and shows that you’re in their corner, so to speak.
  15. Chat with your mom tribe on a regular basis. When was the last time you talked to your mom tribe? If it’s been a while, give them a call. Talk about how things are going and ask about their kids. It’s an excellent way to reduce stress and feel less alone during this crazy time. Be sure to put it in your calendar every month so you don’t forget to check in with everyone.

Contrary to popular belief, New Year’s resolutions aren’t a waste of time—not if you set realistic goals like these, anyway. No matter how many kiddos you’re toting around, these resolutions are entirely doable. You got this, mama!

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