As you change your calendar from December to January, there’s always a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. The New Year is a chance to start fresh and say goodbye to any of the frustrations the previous year held — a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. But, instead of making sweeping cuts or overwhelming declarations, break your big goals into manageable chunks so you'll see real success. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Move More
It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.
2. Swap a Soda a Day
It may be difficult, but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda entirely.
3. Schedule Family Time
With work, school, and activities, family time may seem like an impossible ask, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, go outside or visit with family and friends.
4. Volunteer Your Time
Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library, distributing food at a local food bank or helping run an event at your local Y.
5. Put Extras to Good Use
Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to community outreach programs.
What resolutions are you planning? Share them with us in the comments.