Are new year’s resolutions good for you?

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Alternative to New Year's ResolutionHaving a birthday after the first of the year doesn’t make it feel like a real birthday. I’m exhausted from the busyness of the holidays and it often sneaks up on me.  My family is awesome and makes sure we celebrate and that it doesn’t get lost in the holidays.

The beginning of a new year encourages reflection. I think it’s even more important now that I’m older. Of course having a birthday on January 2 seems to bring a double dose of reflection. Not only am I reflecting on the past year and what the new year may bring, but there’s that being-one-year-older feeling.

Actually, I like having my birthday early in the year and then I don’t have to think about it the rest of the year. I’m at the age where I can’t remember my age…somewhere in my 50s, but closer to 60 now. I have to think about what year I was born (which I always remember) and then do the math.

So now it’s the beginning of a new year and time to decide whether to do a new year’s resolution.

New Year’s resolutions help to start fresh

For those of us fortunate enough to not have to work on New Year’s Day, it gives us one more day of vacation and is usually a day of relaxation before heading back to work after the holidays.

There’s something refreshing about ending a year and starting a new one. We’re funny beings actually. Nothing really has changed except for a number on the calendar, but somehow it just feels different.

New Year’s resolutions help to focus on goal setting

No matter how short or long we follow our New Year’s resolutions, just taking the time to create a goal provides opportunities to better our health, finances or emotional well-being.  Each day that you follow through with your new goal can bring a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

If you’re not someone who seems to follow through a goal for very long, just go even one day longer than you did last year. Once you start the habit of reaching milestones, it will become easier. Instead of having one lofty goal that seems daunting, try having mini goals throughout the month and year. Little successes will keep you motivated to keep setting new goals.

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be resolutions

My daughter has a different way of looking at new year’s resolutions. She chooses a word for the year. Something that has meaning for her where she’s at right now or some ‘place’ she would like to be in the new year.

This is my approach this year and my word is:

Wisdom

Even before the end of the year, this word kept coming to mind.  Choosing a ‘word’ allows you to focus on an area of your life just like a resolution. Bring things into your life that focuses attention on that word.

  • Look for quotes to post around your home and office
  • Find a calendar that has inspiring quotes everyday on the topic
  • Take action to incorporate your word in your decision making
  • Reflect on times when you applied your word in a positive way
  • Reflect on times when you didn’t

I’m in a bible study with several other women and someone gave all of us a calendar that has a quote for everyday of the year. She had several to chose from and one of them was on wisdom! I was thrilled.  I have this on my desk as a gentle reminder to seek and use wisdom everyday.  I’ll be sharing some on these quotes on my Facebook page.

Comment below and let me know what word you would like to focus on this year and what it means to you.

Kristy Klenk Author of EnjoyingYourAge.comKristy Klenk has reached the 56 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. For over 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.

 

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