New Year’s Resolutions are more important than ever in 2018. Why? Because we are coming out of a year of ultimate change, natural and manmade disasters, and cultural discord. It is a time where we must band together more than ever for good, spread positivity and take care of each other. It is overwhelming to think of all the issues in our world. We CAN make a difference. It can be by role-modeling sustainable routines, encouraging volunteerism, and helping at the local level. It starts with you.
When writing your resolution, use the SMART format. Ask yourself “Is this resolution Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based?”. Goals that are too vague are rarely attained. Need help? Here are 18 low or no cost resolutions to choose from for 2018.
Start each resolution with: By [a specific date], I will…
- Collect [toy, clothing, household goods] donations from my neighborhood for the local domestic violence shelter.
- Walk for at least 30 minutes on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Get up at the same time everyday (including weekends).
- Go to bed at the same time every night (including weekends).
- Eat at least one [insert your favorite fruit] each day.
- Take my [dog for a walk, kids to the park, myself to a Farmer’s Market, etc.] at least one time per week.
- Drink one [less soda/energy drink/sugary coffee drink[ per week.
- Try at least one new veggie a week including, [list the veggies you will try].
- Save $5 a week to my FUNd (fun fund).
- Switch from salted to unsalted butter (and not use extra salt to make up for it!).
- Park at the farthest parking spot in the lot when going to the store to get extra steps.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator if less than 3 floors.
- Visit at least one historic location in middle Georgia you have never been to before.
- Keep a notebook near me to jot down stresses, thoughts, ideas, goals, etc.
- Turn off the TV/internet/social media one evening a week for family/me quiet time.
- Take that [art class, exercise class, cooking class, etc.] I’ve been thinking about.
- Write down at least 1 thing I am grateful for each day.
- Volunteer at a [local organization for something I’m passionate and/or interested in].
Do not wait until New Year’s Eve to set your resolution. A good resolution is one you have been mulling over for a while. It also must be SMART! Overachievers, do not set more than 3 resolutions. Start with one and when you achieve it, move onto next. Finally, do not fret if your resolution goes awry for reasons you cannot control (natural disaster, illness, business shutting down). See that as a challenge to adapt and make the best of the situation.
When in doubt, SMILE. You look better that way!
To your health,
Starr Cortner, M.S, MCHES, ACE, AFAA is a wellness specialist with over 16 years of experience in cardiovascular health and emergency medicine.