The new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself or strive to achieve a better and healthier life. Your resolution can be a drastic lifestyle change, or it can be on a smaller scale, like going for a walk more often. Whatever your goal is, the key is sticking to it and not forgetting why you chose the resolution in the first place.
Picking a New Year’s resolution focused on your health, whether physical, mental, or spiritual, can set the tone for your entire year. With so many things to consider, you may be seeking a few ideas to help you narrow down your resolutions list. HarborChase Senior Living is here to help!
Suggestion 1: Clear the Clutter
Through the years, we tend to collect more stuff than we need. From knick-knacks to items that hold sentimental value, we can amass clutter and make it hard to navigate through certain areas of our home. Our first healthy New Year’s resolution suggestion is de-cluttering and clearing up your space of living. Doing so can provide you with a brighter living space you are proud to show off.
Plus, did you know that downsizing can increase the enjoyment of your home and reduce stress? Read our HarborChase Senior Living blog on Downsizing Tips for Seniors for help getting started!
Suggestion 2: Live and Adventure
A great New Year’s resolution is to adventure out of your comfort zone and experience something entirely new. You’re never too old (or young) to knock items off your bucket list. Just ask Irene O’Shea, a 102-year old Australian woman who made history by becoming the world’s oldest person to skydive. Or, Anne Lorimor, the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at 89 years old!
These stories should inspire you to tackle even the smallest new adventure or goal you set for yourself. This can be the year you accomplish a lifelong dream or desire!
Suggestion 3: Pick Up a New Hobby
Retirement should be a time to relax; after all, you’ve earned this time to yourself, and you’ve worked hard. However, picking up a new hobby or learning a new skill can improve your mental wellbeing, including reducing the risk of dementia. Picking up a new hobby or skill can also place you in a new group of people to socialize with, and can help you make the best of your retirement. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Learn it! Want to learn how to craft do it yourself (DIY) goodies for your friends and family? Do it!
Picking up a new hobby or skill can be the perfect New Year’s resolution that gets you out and about to meet new people with similar interests!
Suggestion 4: Make the Most of the New Year
In reality, New Year’s resolutions are set in place so that we can try to make the most of the year. Time flies by quickly, and it can be easy to skip or miss out on the small things life has to offer. Try to make more time for the important things in life; spend time with family, make new friends, explore, and adventure! Life is short, and we should always find ourselves in the company of loved ones with a full heart and a smile.
This year is your year! You don’t have to climb a mountain or skydive to lead a better life. You just need to put yourself out there and make smart, healthy decisions. Socialization is a core component to a healthy life, and pushing yourself to be more social is certainly a healthy New Year’s resolution.
As we age, it’s common for our avenues for socialization to close and our social circle to shrink. While this trend is normal, it doesn’t have to be! HarborChase Senior Living has senior living communities across the United States, including Florida, Texas, and Tennessee. Our communities host diverse and engaging activities, and we encourage our residents to socialize and discover their “best day ever.”