As the new year settles in, many of us are thinking about resolutions–things we want to change or improve in our lives. If you have a family, it can be especially rewarding to make resolutions that are body-positive and family-focused–setting not only the tone for 2023 but for what you want your children to prioritize. Here are some suggestions of things we’re focused on ourselves, in addition to our own phrases of the year (you can read Shannon’s and Jenna’s if you missed them last week) :
Self-care is often the first thing to go when we’re busy taking care of others, but it’s crucial for our overall well-being. Make a resolution to prioritize self-care in the new year, whether it’s taking a few minutes for yourself each day or scheduling regular massages or manicures.
Encourage body positivity in your family by making it a resolution to stop criticizing your own body or others’ bodies. Instead, focus on celebrating your unique qualities and strengths. You can also make a resolution to expose your family to a diverse range of body types in the media and in real life, to help them develop a more positive body image.
Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but it’s also great for our mental health. Make a resolution to get active as a family in the new year. This could be as simple as going for a daily walk or bike ride, or trying out a new sport or activity together.
Eating healthier is often a common resolution, but it’s much easier to stick to when the whole family is on board. Make a resolution to make healthy eating a priority in your family. This could mean cooking more meals at home, trying new fruits and vegetables, or reducing your intake of processed foods.
With busy schedules, it can be hard to find time for quality family time. Make a resolution to spend more quality time together as a family in the new year. This could be as simple as having a weekly family game night or taking a monthly day trip together.
Encourage open communication in your family by making it a resolution to listen actively and without judgment. This can help create a safe and supportive environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings.
Gratitude has been shown to have numerous benefits, including improved mental health and relationships. Make a resolution to practice gratitude as a family by taking a few minutes each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for.
By making body-positive and family-focused resolutions, you can not only improve your own well-being, but also create a stronger, more supportive family dynamic and mirror healthy relationships. So why wait? Start making your resolutions today and set yourself and your family up for a happy, healthy new year!