New Year. New You.

New Year. New You.

It’s a brand new year. A time for reflecting on the year behind us, and looking forward to the year in front of us. A time for revitalization. A time for change. The New Year is the perfect time for a new you!

People all around the world make New Year’s resolutions to become a better version of themselves every year. So, why should seniors be any different? After all, change and growth is beautiful part of being a human. It’s never too late to make changes, however big or small, that can positively affect you and those around you.

With that said, what are some ways that seniors can make changes that can provide positive outcomes? Turns out, even simple changes can affect great, positive outcomes.

Attendance

It’s as simple as that. Attending more things can increase your happiness. If you live in a senior living community, attending more activities will bring about a greater sense of happiness, community, and self-worth. Why? Because you make more positive connections with other people. By bringing a sense of togetherness, group activities can make you feel more connected, thus bringing about more happiness. It’s a simple change that can have a profound impact of you and those around you.

But attendance at activities is not the only thing. Being more present whenever possible can have the same affect, especially if it’s with people you love. It will help deepen the bond between you and your family and friends when you are present. So go ahead, get out there and have some fun!

Knowledge

Gene Rosellini once said, “The pursuit of knowledge is a worthy objective in its own right and needs no external validation.” This quote couldn’t better represent one of the biggest ways to change for the New Year. Seeking knowledge, whatever that may be, is always a great way to improve yourself.

Reading is a great way to increase your knowledge. Pick a subject that you’re interested in and learn everything you can about it. Really become an expert on the subject, exhausting every avenue of information about it. A public library is a great place to find a plethora of information about numerous subjects. If reading wasn’t enough, there are many online resources that you can use. Simply using Google to find information is very simple. But you may be able to find free online courses about subjects you’re interested in.

Fitness

Studies have shown that exercising on a daily basis can not only make you physically healthy, but can also increase certain chemicals in your brain that cause you to be happier. If you live in a Bonaventure Senior Living community, you know that we have Fitness Perfected. No matter if you’re in independent living, assisted living, or memory care, we believe in daily fitness for all. Our group fitness exercises are tailored to the individual’s ability, so moving at your speed and intensity is easy.

Eating Healthy

As much as fitness can do for your body and mind, the same can be said about eating healthy. Making small changes to your diet can greatly increase your happiness and make you live a longer, healthier life. Switching from processed sugars, like cookies and donuts, to healthier sugars, like fruits, can make such a huge difference. Eating lean meat, like chicken breast, instead of red meat, like steak, can lower risks of heart conditions and blood pressure. Making sure to get enough whole grains, vegetables, and good vitamins-rich foods can bring about a feeling of wellness, while also making you stronger. Simple changes in diet are recommended for all age groups, but especially those in their senior years.

New Year Conclusion

Creating a new you is a simple task that can benefit you in many ways. Take the opportunity this New Year to introduce yourself to new things. You just might find you like it.

Filed in Retirement Lifestyle