A new year is near – and with it comes the opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and set goals for a fresh start in January. If you’ve tried making New Year’s resolutions in the past and didn’t meet your goals, you’re not alone! In fact, 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by February, according to U.S. News & World Report.
So, how can seniors beat the odds and stick to resolutions that won’t fade from memory by Spring? Keep reading for suggestions for committing to your new goals.
Consider creating resolutions that will keep you happy, healthy, and support your quality of life. Choosing goals that are meaningful to you will help keep them top of mind so you don’t forget about them or get discouraged quickly. Need ideas for the best New Year’s resolutions for seniors? Check out our resource, 5 New Year’s Goals to Set Right Now.
Often, New Year’s resolutions fail because we tend to set major, life-altering goals for a complete transformation. When our plans are overwhelming, it’s common to forget about them or lose the motivation to keep going. Try creating small, attainable goals throughout the year. Break your large goals into smaller ones and reward yourself each time you hit a milestone. Your chances for success will increase with realistic expectations.
Don’t keep your resolutions a secret! When you share your intentions with friends and family, they can help keep you accountable in your self-improvement journey. See if anyone has the same resolutions as you so you can work on them together. Or, if your goal is to quit a bad habit, consider joining a support group or talking to your physician or therapist to get your health on track.
It’s common to get discouraged in the process of making lifestyle changes. Give yourself a break if you miss a day of exercise or have an extra dessert. No one is perfect, and letting go of the expectation that you will be is one way to ensure your success. Keep striving for your goals, and don’t give up!
The Advent Christian Village lifestyle is filled with personal enrichment and plenty of opportunities for growth and improvement. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more or pick up a new hobby, we’ll support you with a variety of services and amenities to energize the body, refresh the spirit, and enrich the mind. For more information on our senior living options, contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.