As the holiday season comes to an end, a new year is right around the corner. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start and new resolutions. New Year’s resolutions aren’t about trying to become a new person but rather taking small steps to care for yourself. Whether you’re dealing with cancer, or you’re the caregiver of a loved one with cancer, self-care is extremely important.
Here are a few simple things you can do to start the new year off on the right foot.
Write down your highs and lows
Each day, or once a week if that’s more manageable, try to write down the best part of your day and the least favorite part of the day. This helps us reflect on the happy moments while still recognizing there were challenges we may have overcome.
Moving your body is an important part of staying physically and mentally healthy. Find a way to exercise this year that’s enjoyable for you. Maybe stretch in your home or step outside for a walk while listening to music or a podcast you enjoy.
Eating nutritious foods that give your body energy doesn’t have to be boring. Search for new recipes that keep your favorite foods in your diet while adding in extra vegetables, fruits, fibers, or anything else you may need.
Find a new hobby
The new year is the best time to explore new hobbies. If you’re looking for a hobby, try reading, crocheting, yoga, or guided meditation.
All of this sounds great, but how can I keep up with my resolutions?
Keeping up with resolutions is the hardest part. The first thing to do is come up with a manageable resolution that makes you happy. Whatever your goal is, find a way to make it something you look forward to, rather than a chore.
For example, if you’re looking to read more, don’t expect yourself to finish a book in a day. Try reading five to 10 minutes a day and slowly add that time up. This works for any other resolution, don’t jump into it all once and instead give yourself manageable goals. And if you miss a few days, forgive yourself and pick right back up where you left off. Life happens and we can’t expect ourselves to be perfect.
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and you have a happy new year!