As you age, you tend to get jaded about a few important things, like making New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that New Year’s resolutions for seniors are more important than you might realize. In fact, they are important tools because they give you something to plan for, to look forward to, and to feel proud of when you accomplish them.
More importantly, these resolutions remind you that there is always room for improvement. We all need goals and ambitions – at every age. New Year’s resolutions remind you to keep working towards them.
Types of New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors to Consider
With many seniors, the best New Year’s resolutions are those that involve improving your health. The body doesn’t recover as quickly or renew itself as often once we reach a certain age. Resolutions that help you strive for better health can be things like:
- Walking 10 minutes or more every day or taking a specific number of steps each day.
- Eating a non-starchy vegetable with every meal.
- Eating fruits instead of high-fat sweets.
- Drinking more (or less if you are on fluid restrictions) water.
For some seniors, this is a time to work on personal goals, such as eliminating clutter, spending more time with loved ones, becoming better organized, or reading more often. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating effective New Year’s resolutions that can improve your life in one way or another.
How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Once you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, the next thing you must work on is how to keep it. Considering that most people “slip” within the first few days, the important thing to note is that you haven’t failed until you stop trying.
Most resolutions are about changing habits. Unfortunately, it takes time and dedication to make those changes automatic. You may have some missteps and mistakes along the way. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means you start over tomorrow and keep plodding along until you’ve created new, positive, and healthier (mentally, physically, or spiritually) habits.
Sometimes you may need the assistance of tools to help you stay on task and meet your resolution goals. You can choose many tools, such as wall calendars, where you mark off the days when you succeed in your goals. At the end of the month, you can look back on your progress. Don’t forget to compare month-to-month progress at the end of the year as well.
Another excellent tool is to use technology. For instance, if you have a goal of drinking more water, you can set the alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to drink a glass of water at a certain time every day.
You might even consider having accountability partners to help keep you on track. This is great for things like walking or tracking your steps and various other goals. You can even enjoy a little friendly competition to see who gets the most steps in a day or who can go the most consecutive days without missing your daily goals.
Ushering In the New Year at Southfield
Residents at Southfield senior living community have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to accountability partners. With our dining services and planned activities, you will have plenty of opportunities to find new accountability partners and make new friends along the way. That is ultimately how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Healthy and active seniors will find a lot to love about living at Southfield. Contact us today by calling 855.947.3838 to learn more about the sense of community we offer and the services we have available for our valued residents and their guests.