With the new year less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking of any resolutions you want to make. Each year, we are given an opportunity to rejuvenate our lives and start fresh. Whether you make one resolution or 10, it can be good to set goals for yourself.
Take the time that is left in 2018 and think about what are some changes you wish you’d start making in your life but haven’t been motivated yet or didn’t have the time to prepare for the changes. It could be as simple as eating more greens or something a bit harder like quitting smoking. All resolutions are important because they are personal—it’s up to you whether or not you want to make resolutions for the coming year.
For seniors, there are many important aspects of your life you should prioritize as you age such as, your health, mobility, social life and family. Below we walk through seven possible resolutions you could make for 2019.
- Eat healthier: This coming year, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet. If you already do so, try avoiding the sugary treats you crave after mealtime and switch them out with healthier options like fruit slices or dark chocolate.
- De-clutter: The new year is a great time to motivate yourself to de-clutter your home and your belongings. If you’ve been stuck on this one for a while, make the first of the year your first attempt at de-cluttering. Start throwing away or donating things you haven’t used in the past year and see how you feel after!
- Try something new: Trying something new will allow you to continue learning throughout your life. Whether you decide to learn a new game that exercises your brain or if you decide to try volunteering, it will be a fun time of exploration!
- Stay or start being active: Physical activity is critical for seniors. Are you staying active lately? If you are, keep it up! If you aren’t, 2019 is a great time to start! Here’s how to start an exercise routine over the age of 60.
- Spend more time with family: In the end, family and friends are what matter most. Take 2019 to reconnect with old friends or choose a day of the week to see your family and make the most out of your time well spent!
- Prepare for the future: You may have been avoiding having “the talk” with your family but the new year is a perfect time to stop avoiding it and finally speak up about it. Sit down with your family and discuss how you’re feeling about your living situation, how you feel mentally, how you feel physically and any other concerns you may have been feeling about your overall health.
- Embrace 2019: While making your list of resolutions, don’t forget to simply enjoy life! Do all the things you love to do all while adding in some healthy adjustments. It may be the most important resolution on your list.
Another year down and another year ahead! Take time out of the month of December to decide on what aspects of your life you want to change or improve and start down that track come January 1st!