As we approach the New Year and think about making resolutions to live our best lives in 2018, health and happiness are worthy goals to prioritize. Our team at Keystone Healthcare Technologies has assembled a list of New Year’s resolutions with your health and happiness in mind, ranging from friendly reminders about nutrition and fitness to new ideas that could change your outlook on life. No matter your age or lifestyle, taking time to reflect on the past and set goals for your future can help you grow and get the most out of life.
- Get sleep, drink water, eat your fruits and veggies, and exercise daily.
You’ve heard these all before, but a new year is a great time to re-focus on any healthy habits that may have started to slip. The small choices we make every day add up to big changes and significant health implications.
- Schedule regular doctors’ appointments.
Seeing a doctor or dentist can seem like a chore. Procedures ranging from root canals to biopsies can understandably be a source of anxiety. Especially if you’re not sick, it’s easy to find an excuse not to go. But preventative visits can lead to less frequent diagnostic and procedural visits. Regular visits can also help your physician get to know you, your body, and your health—meaning they’ll be better able to knowledgeably treat you as an individual.
- Create and share a digital living will.
It’s not that we think you’ll need to use a living will in 2018, or 2019, or 2020—but no one ever thinks they will. Creating a living will is about preparing for your future, protecting your loved ones, and taking control of your choices. To learn more about living wills, download our free e-book, available here.
- Volunteer, donate, and be kind to strangers.
A smile alone can turn a day around—and not just for the person you smile at. It’s amazing how good it can make us feel to do good things for others. In 2018, choose a cause that you care about and see what you can do to help.
- Trade TV & smartphone time for reading material and the great outdoors.
Engage your mind and imagination. Be present in the moment. While time spent in front of a screen temporarily provides instant gratification, other activities can produce a lasting mood boost that makes us feel good about ourselves and our choices.
- Do more of what you love.
Time is what you make of it. What do you wish you had done more of in 2017? What’s stopping you? Sometimes we’re our own greatest obstacle.
- Tell people how much they mean to you.
The words we end up regretting the most are the ones we never said. No one ever looks back on every time they told their mother they love her and thinks “I shouldn’t have said it so much.” Words have the power to bring us closer with those we love.
- Tell yourself how much you mean to you.
In 2018, take time to remind yourself what’s wonderful about you. Acknowledge your everyday victories, no matter how small. Take time to reflect on things you’ve done and achieved that have brought you happiness. Rather than dwelling on 1 thing that went wrong, celebrate 10 things that went right.
- Forgive and forget.
Life is too short to hold grudges. That kind of negativity toward someone feels bad for both parties. Take a deep breath, smile, and let it go. You’ll feel better when you do.
- Try something new.
Take a class. Try your hand at a new hobby. Order something different. Learn a new language. Travel somewhere you’ve never been—in the local neighborhood or abroad. By trying new things, we gain a rewarding sense of fulfillment and learn new things about ourselves.