January From the Director

From the Director: New Year’s Resolutions

No doubt we are all excited to flip our calendars from December to January this year. Most of us simply can’t say goodbye to 2020 fast enough.

It’s not like there’s some inherent magic in January 1. We will be dealing with our 2020 issues – COVID-19, political division, racial unrest, natural disasters, financial downturn – well into the new year. And yet, there’s still the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. After the challenges of last year, 2021 offers us all a chance to start fresh and at least work on becoming the best version of ourselves we can be.

With that goal in mind, here are some New Year’s goals to consider:

  • Move More: It’s important for adults and children of all ages to get adequate exercise on a regular basis. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and spend more time walking and standing (instead of sitting) to improve your health and well-being.
  • Eat Together: Sitting down together for a meal is a great way for families to share stories, or talk about a favorite part of the day. Set aside time to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner together with your family or housemates – at least once a week, or every day if you can.
  • Unplug from Technology: Set limits on screen time and instead set aside time for activities that foster interaction, activity and conversation. Go for a walk, bike ride, or have a game night at home. If you are going to watch TV, watch together. Don’t bring phones to the dinner table or to bed. Consider making one evening or afternoon a “no screen zone” in your home.
  • Swap a Soda a Day: Cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut out soda entirely.
  • Give What You Can: Do you have gently used toys or clothing that could benefit others in need? Can you pick up a few extra nonperishables during your next grocery store visit? How about choosing one cause you care about and making a regular monthly donation that fits your budget? Giving to others creates a true sense of joy for the giver.
  • Volunteer: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Seek opportunities in the community through United Way, local churches or other nonprofits.
  • Stop and Be Thankful: No matter what hardships we’ve faced over the past year – individually as well as collectively – we can all find gratitude in our lives. Make it a daily practice to stop and be thankful, especially for the little things we so often take for granted.
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