Towards the end of every December, those of all ages reflect on the year they’re leaving behind and start focusing on the future. January really is a great time to set some New Year’s goals in an attempt to better yourself in one way or another. The hectic holiday season has come to a close, and you can now get settled back into your daily routine. Or, better yet, create a new routine to ensure you’re getting the most out of all life has to offer.
The Best New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors
For seniors, breaking old habits can be somewhat difficult. It’s so easy to get set in your ways, doing the same things day in and day out, with little thought to the impact they’re having on your overall wellness. This is why it’s important to think about how you can live the fullest life possible and start changing up your routine accordingly.
So, how can you get started with making some resolutions for the new year? Here are a few suggestions:
Research healthy habits. Before deciding that you want to set some new year goals to get healthy, find out what healthy aging really means. Think about your current health and the habits that need to be altered. For instance, maybe you’re already fairly active, but tend to feel anxious or stressed out. You can consider adding senior yoga or meditation to your workout. Or, maybe you’re trying to watch your blood sugar levels, so start researching low sugar dessert or cooking options. Find out what healthy habits can be easily incorporated into your routine. Even small changes can lead to big outcomes when it comes to your health!
Take a walk every day. Experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. So, even if you aren’t ready to hit the gym, make it your goal to get up and walk regularly. If you can’t do 30 minutes straight, start with five or 10 minute increments and work your way up. Start a walking club at your senior living community to make your walks a social event!
Cross an item off your bucket list. Of course, some items like skydiving or bungee-jumping may be out of the question, but there are still plenty of things you can accomplish in your later years. Write your memoir, take a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, or sign up for that painting class. Start working towards your goal now!
Connect- or reconnect- with friends and family. The older you get, the more difficult it can be to stay in touch with friends and family, especially those who don’t live nearby. Luckily, there is plenty of technology available for seniors today to stay connected—or reconnect—with loved ones! Ask a grandchild to set up a Facebook page for you, or get familiar with Skype to talk “face-to-face” with those who live far away.
Enjoy life to the fullest. This might seem like an obvious New Year’s resolution, but it’s so easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that we tend to miss out on the small pleasures. Settle in on a chilly day with a book from your favorite author. Go to lunch with a family member you haven’t seen much of lately. Volunteer or join a club at your senior living community. Simply enjoy doing all the things you love to do!