Do you still make New Year’s resolutions?
2023 is sure to bring lots of exciting opportunities to make positive changes in our lives. If you haven’t decided on which direction you want to go with your resolutions yet (maybe getting over procrastination is one!), popular choices could include:
1. Committing to a healthier lifestyle by exercising more.
Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things on their own. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.
2. Eating better, and drinking more water.
A good reason to drink more water – Your brain is strongly influenced by your hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration, such as the loss of 1–3% of body weight, can impair many aspects of brain function.
3. Setting personal goals such as learning a new language or skill.
A reason to learn a new language – The world has become increasingly globalized. If you learn a new language, you also improve your cultural competency. It becomes easier for you to learn more about your environment and to pick apart social cues. In the course of study, you have to learn about the culture too. In fact, many classes immerse you in it to expose you to differences in the ways people live and function. In studying culture, dialect and grammar, you also learn to think about conversation styles through a critical lens.
4. Reading more books.
If the prospect of devoting an hour (or even a half-hour) to reading every day seems daunting, shave it down even further to 20 minutes. That’s just enough time to accomplish something without taking too much time out of your day.
5. Spending more time with family and friends.
Research shows that spending time with friends and family makes a big difference when it comes to happiness. Social time is especially important for happiness, even for introverts. Studies have proven that the amount of time spent with friends and family goes a long way towards boosting happiness – even more so than an increased income!
6. Working towards financial goals such as saving more money or paying off debt.
Quick Tip for Saving Money – Set a small, achievable short-term goal for something that’s fun and goes beyond your monthly budget, such as a new smartphone or holiday gifts. Reaching smaller goals—and enjoying the reward you’ve saved for—can give you a psychological boost, making the payoff of saving more immediate and reinforces the habit
Whatever your personal goals may be, setting achievable new year’s resolutions can help motivate and inspire us to make positive changes in our lives. Just pick one, make an initial plan and go for it!