Dear Volunteer Friends,
January is the time for resolutions. Often, though, it’s hard to make them stick for the whole year! I’ve been pondering what I can do about this, and have realized that making resolutions are promises to ourselves. So, we need to make promises that we would have a very hard time breaking. Personally, I think it would be very hard to break a promise to a best friend. Aha! I thought, I need to be my own best friend!
You deserve to be best friends with yourself. I mean, you are all so amazing! Seriously, though, as caregiving type people, it is so easy to put ourselves last. So, this year’s challenge is to put yourself first. Sounds daunting, but the way to begin this type of resolution is to break it down into smaller goals. Maybe January will have a few items each day to start with that are simpler and achievable. For me, I am beginning my day with 10 minutes of basic yoga stretches, and drinking 6 bottles of water a day (16 ounces each). Then, when February comes around, I will have some success and feel empowered to add a few more achievable goals.
How do we decide what items to add, subtract, or enhance in our lives? The following article from Better Homes and Gardens, has 56 ideas. Here is the link, so you can read the entire article, but I’ve also listed the first 30 items to get you started.
55+ Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living
Yes, diets and workouts are on the list — but what about happiness and peace in your life?
- Build a better budget.
- Cook one new thing each week.
- Read more books.
- Join a club.
- Create a cleaning schedule you'll stick to.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Quit smoking.
- Eat veggies regularly.
- Share your resolutions one-on-one.
- Try a new diet plan.
- Book all your doctor's visits for the year.
- Take the stairs.
- Cut calories in a fraction of the time (by using an Instant Pot).
- Become a plant owner.
- Plan a vacation (when it feels safe to do so).
- Start doing yoga with your partner.
- Drink up (Water!).
- Consider therapy.
- Listen to novels while you work out.
- Lift weights.
- Do one new exercise move.
- Decorate with family history.
- Sanitize your phone weekly.
- Try hydrotherapy.
- Delegate more chores.
- Keep clutter out of the kitchen.
- Wear workout gear that makes you feel good.
- Donate old clothes.
- Explore new hobbies.
Remember, start with a few simple items, and when February comes around, you’ll be able to add more. Think of it like taking care of yourself, putting yourself first, and of course, being your own best friend.
Be well, stay safe, and give yourself grace.
Blessings and Peace for the New Year,