Some quip that New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken when asked about their resolutions for the New Year. However, in light of the past year, many seniors are returning to the time-honored tradition of making them. New Year’s resolutions for seniors are often quite similar to the resolutions other people make. Popular resolutions include many of those listed below.
- Strive for better health in the form of fitness, diet, sleep, and similar efforts.
- Spend more time with friends and family.
- Practice better organization.
- Learn new things or rediscover old interests and activities.
- Travel more often and visit new places.
- Volunteer or find another way to give back to the community.
These are your golden years, after all. It makes sense that many of the New Year’s resolutions for seniors are dedicated to enjoying life, improving life, and getting more value from the life you live. The key is to be specific when making your resolutions, so you know when you’ve accomplished your goal. And when to raise the bar.
The other thing you want to make sure you’re doing is to set achievable goals when making your resolutions. For instance, if you barely walk 2,000 steps in a day currently, it is unrealistic to expect to begin walking 10,000 or more steps every single day. However, it is possible to increase your steps by 1,000 more per day each month until you reach a larger goal.
As it is for everyone else, seniors’ challenge is how to keep their New Year’s resolutions. These innovative ideas are sure to help.
How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 and Beyond
The first few days of a New Year’s resolution are often exciting. You might have even purchased supplies to help you in your journey or make it easier for you to be successful at keeping your goals for the coming year. However, the novelty wears off quickly, and it becomes another chore to track for many people. That is the case unless you develop a system to help you stay on track. These are a few ideas that might help.
- Hold yourself accountable. Make daily “to do” lists to help you stay on track and if you don’t meet your goals today, double down on your efforts tomorrow. Tracking successes helps you stay motivated, and accountability tells you when you need to dig in and recommit to your resolutions.
- Set up alarms and reminders. Whatever your resolution is, there is almost always a way you can set up an alarm or reminder to help you stay on track.
- Bring your own cheering section. Tell others about your resolutions. Not only does that help you stay motivated, but it also gives you someone to celebrate your victories with as the year progresses.
- Don’t stop trying. This is the most important way to keep your New Year’s resolutions. Never give up. It really is that simple. Will there be days you miss the mark? Absolutely. Keep going toward your goal, even if you have to crawl to get there.
Keeping your New Year’s resolution isn’t about doing it the right or wrong way. It’s about continuing to work toward your goal no matter how many times you stumble along the way.
Starting the New Year with the Northfield Community
Whether you are quite familiar with the process of making and keeping New Year’s resolutions or just now returning to a long-lost tradition in your life, if you call Northfield retirement living community, you have a lot of people who will gladly serve as part of your cheering section. Contact us today at 844.334.1490 to learn more about our independent living center and the benefits we have to offer you.