The start of a new year is a great opportunity to take stock of what is working well and what can be improved, no matter your age. New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition that more people observe than skip. In 2020, more than 65 percent of American adults set a New Year’s resolution. The great part about personal goals is that they are just that, personal. There is always something to improve, no matter how fabulous you currently are!
At Village Green, we love watching our residents both try new things and rekindle old interests. People of all ages light up when they feel successful and engaged. We pepper our social calendar with old favorites and new opportunities because we understand the importance of both the familiar and the novel in feeling challenged to grow and in maintaining mental health and wellbeing.
What Are the Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2022?
Popular New Year’s resolutions for 2022 include some classics and some created by the recent changes the last few years have brought to all of us. Many adults report that their goals in 2022 focus more on their personal health and well-being than they have in years past. Some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for seniors include the following:
1. Be More Present in the Moment
Find ways to appreciate what is happening and what you are feeling at the moment you check in with yourself. Of course, this is a difficult goal to quantify. Consider adding the following practices that can help anchor you in now:
- Meditation: Even five minutes of daily meditation can greatly impact mood and sense of well-being. Meditation is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Guided audio meditations are available for purchase if you need help getting started, but they’re not necessary for everyone. Simple stillness can be enough. Repetitive chores like cleaning, or crafts like painting can also soothe you into a meditative state. Find what works for you and commit to it.
- Gratitude journal: Make a daily practice of writing down three things you are grateful for. Not only does this boost a sense of well-being, but the act of writing also engages the brain and fine motor skills for older adults.
- Daily prayer: Checking in with your higher power is a great way to quiet the mind and engage a different part of yourself.
Spend time outdoors: Aim to spend a set amount of time outdoors on days that fall within safe and comfortable weather parameters.
2. Improve Health and Wellness
These are classic New Year’s resolutions for a reason. Improving health and wellness indicators can truly change the quality of your life. Popular changes in this category are:
- Weight loss: Losing weight is usually, but not always a healthy goal. Find more weight management information specific to seniors here.
- Healthy diet changes: Forgoing certain unhealthy eating habits or eliminating food groups that might trouble the tummy are great ways to improve health and vitality in your everyday life and the future.
Introduce new exercise habits: From hitting the gym to adding an evening walk, resolving to get moving is a great goal for just about everyone who doesn’t already include exercise in their daily routine.
3. Seek Personal Improvement and Experiences
- Learn a new skill: You are never too old to learn something new. Try pottery or painting! Join the church choir; order a recorder and learn to play! Engaging your brain in novelty is great for mental health.
- Pick up an old skill: Did you play the trumpet in the marching band? Were you forever writing poetry in the margins of your school notebooks? Make time to do something you used to love and reap the benefits of visiting an old friend.
New Year's Resolutions Work?
New Year’s resolutions work if you set them right and stick to them! Half the work of accomplishing your goals is setting the right ones. There are several ways to make a New Year’s Resolution that is more likely to work:
- Set measurable goals: The best goals are those where most people can agree whether it has been met or not. Did you paint? Did you run? Did you read for 20 minutes? These things are easier to stick to because the goal is not up for interpretation on your low-energy days.
- Set realistic goals: It’s okay to start small. Small changes are easier to accommodate and therefore more likely to stick. Like compound interest, small changes over time can add up big.
- Set smaller goals that feed your bigger goal: If your goal is to run a 5K, you probably need to run a few shorter distances first. The same can be applied to just about anything. If you want to read 6 books this year, you ought to set aside a small amount of time each day or a larger amount of time each week to read. Setting smaller goals gives you more to celebrate and keeps you on track to reach your bigger goals.
- Celebrate your wins: It’s okay to need a paycheck. Have a little treat, or do something fun when you’re doing what you need to do to stay on track.
Choose Vibrant Senior Living
Village Green Retirement Community is full of opportunities to set and achieve new goals. From our healthy and delicious dining options to our beautiful grounds and walking paths, we support your health and well-being every day. We pride ourselves on providing enriching social and recreational opportunities of all kinds to invite exploration and engagement. Check out our senior living availability and contact us today. We cannot wait to partner with you!