3 New Year's Resolutions You Can Achieve
With every New Year comes new resolutions. For many of us, the act of making resolutions is a tradition, but we don’t always see them through, perhaps because we shoot for pie in the sky goals rather than attainable milestones. For 2018, we’re resolving to make reasonable, achievable resolutions, because success by a thousand little victories is just as valid as one big triumph.
We’ve come up with a few ideas to get your resolutions brainstorm started. Our selections fall into three categories, but they’re all about self-care.
Many, many older adults resolve to take on a new diet and exercise program at the start of each new year. But, those resolutions can go unrealized because they lack moderation. It’s said that it can take as few as 21 days to form a habit, (or more if the new habit is complex or breaks routine). So, if your physical health is top of mind as you make your resolutions, consider actions that are smaller in scale, so you can commit to them for at least a month, and make a new habit out of your goal.
Here are a few of our suggestions:
- Get out and go for a walk at least three times a week. Bonus: For an added challenge, make it your goal to walk a little farther each week.
- Swap one ingredient for a healthy alternative. For example, if you love to snack on peanut butter, change it up and opt for a natural or no sugar added variety.
- Try a new exercise at least once a month. Pro-tip: Holiday Retirement communities offer a variety of fun classes, check the events calendar to see what’s new near you!
Mental and emotional health
When we think about health-oriented resolutions, our mental and emotional health don’t always leap to top of mind. However, your mental and emotional state have a significant impact on how you feel from day-to-day. An improvement here will be felt as keenly as any physical change.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Start a journal. There’s something powerful in writing your story, even if no one reads it. Plus, the act of writing your thoughts will allow you to process your emotions in a new way.
- Try something new at least once a month. Lifelong learning encourages positive mental health, and you may happen upon a new favorite hobby or cuisine.
- Host a game night once a month. Playing games also promotes mental health, and you’ll have a great excuse to spend time with friends and family.
Financial resolutions are very common, but after retirement, potential goals might not feel as evident. But, consider this, financial resolutions might be more important after retirement than ever before. Why? As your expenses and needs change, you’ll have the opportunity to new and different things, and financial goals will help you make the most of those opportunities.
We’ve collected a few options for your consideration:
- Audit your autopay. If you have bills set up for automatic payments, take some time each month to consider what you’re using and cancel anything you no longer need. Bonus: If you haven’t yet set-up autopay, save yourself some time by setting up payments for future months.
- Save up for something special. By now you have your budget on lock, but that doesn’t mean you can’t challenge yourself to set aside a bit of money each month to treat yourself later. Think of something you’d love to have — maybe a new outfit for special occasions, tickets to a special event or that hot new gadget that will make all the grandchildren jealous. Then give yourself permission to buy it, after you save for it.
Regardless of the type of resolution you set for 2018, we hope you enjoy the challenge of working toward it and reap the rewards of achieving it. From all of us at Holiday Retirement, may you have a happy and healthy New Year.
If a new place to call home is on your to-do list for 2018, start with visit to a Holiday Retirement community near you — we always have something going on! After you drop by, get in touch with us to learn more.