Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Require Working Out

Welcome to the December 2013 Carnival of Natural Mothering!

This article is a part of the Carnival of Natural Mothering hosted by GrowingSlower, Every Breath I Take, I Thought I Knew Mama, African Babies Don’t Cry, and Adventures of Captain Destructo. This month’s topic is Natural New Year’s Resolutions. Be sure to check out all of the participants’ posts through the links at the bottom of this page.  Bloggers, visit GrowingSlower to sign up to write for next month’s carnival.

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Require Working Out:

1) Continue a regular meditation practice.  This brings compassion, energy, and peace into my life.  And I need more of that.

2) Search for new ways to detoxify the products we use in our home.  I just bought a big jug of vinegar to make some DIY toxic-free cleaners.  Here are a couple items on my Christmas wish list to assist in this New Year’s resolution (some affiliate links):


Improve your health without breaking a sweat.

3) Limit Facebook.  I know I spend too much of my life in the mindless feed of Facebook.  Some of it I really enjoy: the community from blogging and YouTube, the support, giving support.  But part of me feels distressed reading certain posts that I have no control or influence over. There is still room for Facebook in my life but that time needs to be restrained and managed.  I can use that time for many other projects in my life.

4) Nurture local relationships with like minded mommies (yogis, AP, green, toxic-free).  It is not easy to find these folks where I live. And nurturing friendships is not easy when you are an introvert.  But I currently am lucky enough to have a few new  mom friends who have values similar to mine.  I want to build these friendships.

5) Grow a kick-ass organic garden and freeze/can enough to feed our family throughout most of the year.

6) Declutter.  I’m not sure if it is all the “baby stuff” or what, but I’m starting to feel suffocated in my own home.  I’ve seen the “bag-a-day” challenges on Pinterest and I think it is time to whole-heartedly do one of them.  I have a hard time letting go but I think it will be very freeing.

7) Take baby steps toward vegetarianism. Becoming a mother has drastically changed how I view the value of every living creature’s life and quality of life.  I can’t change what my husband eats but I can change what I eat.

8) Get more sleep.  I was a pro at this pre-baby.  Now, not so much. I need to go to bed by 10 pm to be sure to get at least 8 hours of broken sleep before Elliot officially wakes up for the day.  10 pm also happens to be the Ayurvedic bedtime for yogis.

Do we share any resolutions? Do you have any tips for decluttering and letting go? Do you feel ready for a Facebook detox?

5 Responses to Healthy New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Require Working Out

  1. Shannon @ GrowingSlower December 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    These are fantastic resolutions! I could really stand to do some of them myself. I’ve especially been thinking about my need to nurture relationships locally. I love your specific ideas for how to detox your home. I am in need of mascara right now, so I think I’ll check out the one you recommended. I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time, but honestly I rarely wear make up! :) Wishing you a happy new year!
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  2. Barb @ A Life in Balance December 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I really need to work on my local relationships, too. Up until my youngest son went to a 3 afternoon a week nursery school, it was easy for me to volunteer at school and for Girl Scouts. I miss the time I spent building relationships with the moms at my children’s school. Starting in January, I’m going to spend more time volunteering.
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  3. Donna @ Eco-Mothering December 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I feel the same way about being suffocated in my home. I love the “bag a day” challenge – I may try that!

  4. Andrea @Hand and the Heart December 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    #4 and #8 most definitely! Especially number eight….haha! I find that by the time our son Ben is in bed around 7:30, that is the only time my husband and I have to ourselves so we end up staying up too late. I’m so happy to connect with you and am adding you to my bloglovin’ feed so I can follow along! -Andrea

  5. Melissa Ryan December 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I feel the same way in my house. I am going to be a stay at home mom come January and have go to tame the clutter so I don’t lose my mind. I am going to check out your link. Maybe that will help me to learn to manage the clutter better. I am also making more natural cleaners for my house and planning on limiting facebook more.
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