7 Ways to Energize Your Family in the New Year

If your family's daily lifestyle has become dull and routine, it's time to mix things up. Mighty Mommy has 7 ways you can get your family energized in the new year.

Cheryl Butler
6-minute read
Episode #309

It’s also a great experience to share with your kids. They get to enjoy fresh air as they walk outdoors and talk with the different growers, taste an assortment of varieties of produce, and learn about what grows close to home and how it goes from farm to table. It's good for kids to learn early on that food doesn’t start off in cans and boxes.  

Tip #5: Keep Moving

If your family has one or more couch potatoes in the mix, there’s nothing like a brand new year to set some quality time aside to get up and get moving.  The benefits of exercise are many—it increases energy levels, boosts brain power, helps to reduce stress, aids in losing weight, and keeps your heart and other organs healthy. 

We know it’s good for us, but look at all the excuses we make for avoiding it: There's not enough time, I have to drive the carpool, I have to work late, I can't afford a gym membership—the list goes on and on. 

Staying active is a surefire way to reenergize your family, so plan on how you can all get moving together.  Walk the dog briskly through the neighborhood, go sledding, park the car in the far end of the parking lot instead of close to the store entrance, put more zest into housework and yard work, try indoor rock climbing (super fun!), walk the beach in the winter, shoot basketballs in the driveway.

My colleague, Get-Fit Guy, is the king of all things fitness. He's also a father of twin boys. So it’s no surprise that he has some fun and easy ways to keep your family moving. Check out 4 Ways to Get Your Family Active and Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Active.

Tip #6: Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Start the new year off right by regularly practicing an attitude of gratitude.  Focusing on all that we have to be grateful for keeps a positive mindset.  Get your family talking about their everyday blessings on a regular basis. Suggest every family member keep a gratitude journal.

Many people are now challenging friends and family members to a Facebook gratitude challenge where they list 3 things they are grateful for each day for a month.  However you decide to incorporate the gift of being thankful, you might be surprised at how this newfound appreciation injects a large dose of energy into your family’s life.

Tip #7: Spend More Time Together

I’m my happiest and most fulfilled when I’m spending time with my family.  With several of my kids now leaving for college, I appreciate more than ever the limited opportunities we have to be together.  Whether it’s eating dinner as a family, spending the day at the beach, or even just hanging out at our home watching a movie and eating popcorn, when we hang out, laugh, talk, and yes, even squabble with one another, always fills me with love and happiness. 

Probably one of the easiest ways to energize your family is to commit to spending more time together. Whether it's a traditional Sunday dinner, catching up with your teens when they’re doing homework, or playing board games—making family time a priority will help keep you grounded and revitalized.

How do you keep the energy flowing in your family? Share your thoughts in the Comments section at quickanddirtytips.com/mightymommy, post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page, or email me at mommy@quickanddirtytips.com. Also visit my family-friendly boards at Pinterest.com/MightyMommyQDT.

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About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!