The New Year brings new promise. It’s a time to make resolutions to help strengthen your home and family, and reassess your goals. You can even expand those resolutions to include everyone in your family!
4 New Year’s Resolutions to help strengthen your home and family
Four simple resolutions, or as many prefer to call them, goals, you can make to help strengthen your home and your family.
Rethink Your Wardrobe
Fast fashion is a real problem. We are buying new clothes and discarding them at an incredibly rapid pace. Clothing production has increased to keep up with this explosion of consumerism. You can counter that trend. Opt for “slow fashion” instead. Visit second hand or vintage clothing stores. You’ll find unique items at these stores that will also help you develop a stronger sense of personal style. If the latter was another resolution then you’ll hit two birds with one stone. Give your own wardrobe new life elsewhere by donating or swapping.
Revamp Your Home
Resolutions aren’t just for the body. They can also apply to your environment. Walk around your house and take note of any areas that seem tired. Remodelers can provide an extra set of eyes if needed. There is no need to start knocking down walls just yet. Start small. For example, you can swap in new curtains or just apply a fresh coat of paint. Try to refresh a room that you spend a lot of time in. The whole house will then seem new.
Change Your Family’s Diet
Some New Year’s resolutions can benefit from getting others involved. Resolutions involving physical fitness or diet can sometimes require accountability. Don’t just think “eat healthier”. Turn that into a concrete goal. For example, you can resolve to eat at least one more serving of fruits or vegetables each day. Think of how great those benefits will be if you include your family. Reduce the times you go out for fast food. Have a family dinner together that features seasonal produce. Try “hiding” the vegetables in a soup if there are picky eaters in the group.
Get More Sleep
Sleep has many health benefits: it reduces stress, improves your heart rate, and helps you burn more calories when awake. Take advantage of all of these benefits and aim for at least 8 hours per night. Set a consistent bedtime so you aren’t constantly resetting your internal clock. It takes the average human about 15 minutes to fall asleep. Turn down the brightness on your devices and set them aside. Perhaps you can also begin a stretching routine to release the pressures of the day.
Resolutions should be exciting instead of daunting. Just think how far you’ll have come this time next year. It can be difficult to set and keep resolutions when you have children in the house, so think of how you can include them.
Author Bio: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan