Renew. Recharge. Reinvent. Rethink. Review. Reflect. Re-evaluate.
Yes, the New Year is a time of, well... resolution.
So, we vow to take better care of ourselves, learn from our mistakes, and embark on a happier, healthier path for the future. But coming up with ideas to improve our lives is the easy part. The real challenge is committing to resolutions that are realistic and achievable.
Translation: Be kind to yourself and avoid setting goals that will lead to failure leaving you regretful – instead of reinvigorated.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions for seniors, there is one important rule: Look forward. As much as you would like to turn back the clock, there is a good chance this will not be the year you run your first marathon or bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. But living in the real world does not mean you cannot aspire to be the best you can be today – and tomorrow. There are many small, doable ways in which you can enhance your lifestyle and well-being. Together they can add up to huge positive changes that will help make this chapter of life the best one yet.
Open Your Mind
There is no time like the present to learn something new. Maybe there is an area of interest that has been simmering on the back burner just waiting for you to have the time to explore it. If there is a class, sign up for it. If there is a group of like-minded enthusiasts, join it. If it is an old pursuit that got lost in the shuffle of work and kids, dust it off and enjoy it with a new perspective. Whether you’re thinking about a book club, smart tech class, or a class on ancient Greece, this year, find your peeps and make it happen. Once you’ve rightsized into your fabulous Overture senior apartment, you’ll have a wide variety of continuing education resources to choose from.
Open Your Heart
Now that you have time to spare, use it to connect with people you care about. Studies prove that actively social seniors are happier, less depressed, and more productive. If there are people in your life you’ve been meaning to contact, shoot a text or email, or better yet, pick up the phone. It will make their day, and yours once you get together. If you are lucky enough to live in an Overture senior apartment community, opportunities to create meaningful new relationships are at your fingertips. Sharing this exciting time of life with supportive friends who share your interests and concerns can make all the difference in your quality of life.
Open Your Arms
Why not make this the year to commit to embracing volunteer opportunities that help others? There are so many foundations and organizations that could benefit from your positive energy. Start by deciding what kind of contribution you’d like to make, and just how much time you’d like to spend at it weekly. Then check out senior websites like AARP for volunteer ideas. As you give to others, the sense of purpose and accomplishment you feel will also be a gift to yourself.
Open Your Gym Bag
Chief among New Year’s resolutions for older adults is improving health and wellbeing. That journey starts with taking steps toward fitness. This may be a new destination for you and that’s okay. Start slow and work your way toward strength, balance, and flexibility. The older you get the more important it is to keep the body moving. Simply put: Exercise as if your life depends on it because it does. Any movement, even a few minutes a day, will boost your spirits and help keep you steady on your feet. If you live in an Overture senior apartment community, you’ll enjoy the facilities and comradery of a state-of-the-art fitness center. Whether you work out on your own or join a class tailored to your interests and fitness level, the experience will become the favorite part of your day.
Open the Door to your New Overture Senior Apartment
The resolution that will have the most impact on your immediate future is the decision to rightsize into the Overture senior apartment complex of your choice. Once you unpack the boxes in a living space specifically designed with your needs in mind, you’ll experience firsthand the magic of life at Overture. Be prepared for a lifestyle that supports and uplifts the mind, body, and spirit. Book a tour today.
New Year. New start. New You