fThere are New Year’s resolutions. And there are New Year’s resolutions. For example, there are those resolutions that are best described with two words: Unrealistic and unattainable. The words that follow those words would be: Frustration and disappointment.
So, the first and most important resolution for 2023 is to break the pattern. This year why not create a list of actionable goals that will bring you joy and actually enhance your life. Here are a few suggestions to help refocus your energy and accentuate the positive in the coming year.
Smile and the World Smiles with You
An open heart and positive mindset will not only enhance your personal wellbeing, it will also directly impact those around you. Make 2023 the year you embrace new friends and experiences with enthusiasm. Let those Negative Nellies complain about everyone and everything while you explore, discover and enjoy!
Get Off the Couch
If your resolution list includes running a half marathon - and you typically do not wander too far from the couch, well…you will be disappointed. However, there is no better time to get up and start moving than the present. So, maybe a reasonable New Year’s goal is a commitment to start a daily 15-minute exercise program. As you get stronger, you can gradually work your way up to a more rigorous routine. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
Realistic New Year’s goal setting can definitely include healthier food choices. As we age our nutritional needs change. A healthy senior diet means more fruits and vegetables, and choosing whole grains and lean meats over fatty options. Add healthy fats by cooking in avocado or olive oil. Your resolution should include a caveat that stipulates permission to indulge in an occasional special treat. Healthy eating need not mean total austerity. Nobody needs to go through life without ever eating a cookie!
Hug Those Grandkids More
If you’ve got ‘em, hug’em! Studies show that seniors who spend more quality time with their grandkids maintain better cognitive health and actually live longer. Many grandparents are still making up for lost time during Covid. Make 2023 the year you spend as much time as possible with those little darlings. The interaction will benefit you - and them!
Sharpen the Mind
Any list of New Year’s resolutions for seniors cannot ignore intellectual stimulation. Challenging your brain on a daily basis is one of the best ways to keep your brain sharp and memory intact. There are so many ways to activate the mind. Whether you enjoy crossword puzzles, join a book club or get in a regular card game, your brain will be the winner.
Be More Social
Like the song says, make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. Keeping up with friends and reaching out to new friends is essential for seniors’ emotional health. Make 2023 a year of fun and friendship.
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