Five resolutions every senior should make this new year
New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, but research shows that people who make them are 10 times more likely to reach their goals than people who don’t make any at all. The key is to make resolutions you can achieve and to not give up. On average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit, so if you can stick it out for a couple of months you may end up with a healthy new habit that will last you all year.
Here are five life-improving resolutions for you to make this New Year:
Write more letters
Letter writing is a disappearing art that deserves to be saved. It’s great mental exercise and it can make it easier to express complicated thoughts and feelings that are hard to talk about. Writing a letter gives you time to compose your message exactly as you’d like it to be heard. And letter writing can be a great way to reconnect with an old acquaintance or better connect with new ones, such as a grandchild or a niece or nephew.
Learn something new
This could mean learning about history, studying creative writing or even learning sign language. Whatever you do, the important thing is that it’s something you’re interested in. Holiday Retirement communities offer video lectures and classes in a variety of subjects, so it’s easy to find something that fits your schedule and passions.
Discover a new hobby
Join a bean bag baseball team at your community or knit a hat while you chat with friends. Paint portraits of your family to decorate the walls or invite neighbors to help you assemble a new puzzle each week. Hobbies are a great way to bring joy and well-being to yourself and others.
Take a step toward eating better
Having the perfect diet isn’t easy, but you can take a step in the right direction. Start small, like by having a salad or an extra serving of green vegetables for lunch one day each week, and resolve to drink one whole glass of water with your meal.
Master a new technology
Do you know how to send an email, talk to friends and family on Facebook or use Twitter? If you said “no” to any of these, this is the year to learn. It’s important to understand the new ways that people are communicating so you can better connect with younger generations and understand what’s happening in the world.
At Holiday Retirement, our rich activities calendar, supportive staff and healthy chef-prepared meals make it easy to fulfill many resolutions on your list. Come see how we can help you make this year your healthiest yet. Schedule your visit today.