New Year Habits for a Healthier Happier Mom

Whether or not you believe in resolutions, January 1st always feels like a new beginning. Anytime is a good time to focus on a happier and healthier you, but the camaraderie of New Years makes it even more likely you’ll stick to your goals. To help yourself have the best year ever, check out these four simple changes that are easy to implement in your already busy schedule. Happier and healthier moms are better equipped to support and love all those who depend on her.

Limit Multitasking

While it seems that multitasking should help you be more productive overall, it turns out it just means you do more things poorly. Instead of spreading yourself thin, compartmentalize your day into categories that work for you and focus only on that target for a set amount of time: work, playtime, self care, meal prep, etc. You’ll feel more successful overall when you finish a task completely, rather than having six things halfway done at the end of the day.

Minimize Your Environment 

Many of our headaches are caused by the myriad of stuff that surrounds us. Whether it’s the toys strewn across the floor, the appliances cluttering the counter, or the tools stacked along the back of the garage, more items make it harder for us to function. Consider streamlining what you truly use every day, and donate or put the rest of the items in storage. With less things visible, you’ll to have a clearer vision for your day.

Invest in Quality One-on-One Time

Positive human connection is a surefire way to guarantee a happier new year. Rather than always participating in group outings, consider spending one-on-one time with each of your children to foster deeper relationships. They’re more likely to open up more when their little sister isn’t pestering them. This also includes spending quality time with your significant other without sticky hands around. Consider babysitting-swapping with a neighbor, watching each other’s kids one night each week.

Find Movement You Love

It wouldn’t be the new year if everyone and their mother wasn’t interested in becoming healthier. Rather than channeling your energy on trying to fit into a new clothing size, simply find an enjoyable new way to move. Whether it’s a local dance class or a friendly hiking group, abandon the old requirements for “exercise” and simply get your heart rate up because it feels good, not because Dr. Oz tells you to.

Reframing your day-to-day life is the easiest way to become happier and healthier overall. Consider implementing a new tip each week to help become the best you yet!

Juliette is a published author and illustrator. She has contributed to numerous blogs and online magazines, writing on topics from love and relationships to wellness and motherhood. Juliette resides outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and son.