7 New Year’s Resolutions that Promote Healthy Aging

Many people make New Year’s resolutions, but seldom are these commitments long-term. It seems by Valentine’s Day, most of the resolutions have gone by the wayside, and life continues as it has the year before. 

At The Monarch Senior Living, we encourage residents to make resolutions year-round, not just at New Year’s, but a new ear is a great time to implement your resolution plans. 

Whether a resident of one of our assisted living or memory care communities, resolutions are vital to promoting healthy aging and well-being. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

1. Stop Bad Habits

Poor habits, such as smoking or overeating, can be corrected with commitment and determination. Of course, these habits are not usually corrected overnight. It takes a plan and proper implementation to eliminate a habit for good.

For example, quitting smoking can be a very arduous undertaking, especially if you’ve been a smoker for many years. Instead of just saying you want to quit smoking, consult with a physician for advice and possible health aids to make this process easier and more effective.

2. Improve Your Diet

What you eat has the same effect as eating too much. This new year, aim to eat less “junk” food and more fruits and vegetables. Decrease the calories and the amount of fat you eat, and replace those foods with better choices. Over time, you will feel and look better.

3. Maintain a Positive Attitude and Mindset

People with a positive disposition experience better health, stronger and more meaningful relationships, and reduce their anxiety levels substantially. It is not suggested to be oblivious to the reality of a situation, but recognizing what is in one’s control and what is not is the most important step to positivity. Worrying about things out of your control is an exercise in futility. Happiness and contentment are the result of positive thinking.

4. Commit to an Exercise Program

An exercise regimen is a practice that no one seems to enjoy and is challenging to maintain. However, 10 minutes of daily exercise can make a world of difference to a person’s physical and mental health. 

A 30-year study conducted by Harvard University found that daily exercise over and beyond the normal activities of the day resulted in a positive outcome. Blood pressure is reduced, obesity is better controlled, and mental sharpness and memory are greatly improved.

5. Share Your Life with a Furry Friend

Studies have shown that spending time with pets helps reduce stress, adds meaning to our lives, and helps us focus on something outside of ourselves. If possible with your lifestyle, consider rescuing or adopting a furry friend this year.

The Monarch Senior Living is family-focused and pet-friendly! We gladly welcome you and your pet. We also offer a pet therapy program, which means that even if you don’t own pets, you can experience the joys of spending time with animals.

6. Mental Stimulation

Keeping your mind engaged and active is vital to long-term mental health. Reading, doing a crossword, or other puzzles helps keep our minds focused and engaged. Performing simple math instead of reaching for the calculator can greatly benefit mental stimulation. This year, make it a point to spend more time engaging and challenging your mind.

7. Foster Your Relationships

Keeping in touch with friends and family is essential to healthy aging. “Adults with a strong social network have a reduced risk of depression, lower blood pressure, and tend to maintain a healthier body mass index or BMI. Building new friendships and investing time in maintaining relationships can help you on the highway of life and the path to better health (Mayo Clinic).” However, meaningful relationships take time and energy. This year, be intentional about spending time with those you love. For example, schedule daily or weekly calls with family or establish a book club or other hobby group to regularly stay connected with friends.

The Monarch Senior Living creates inspiring atmospheres that foster engagement and provide opportunities for active, empowering lifestyles through compassionate support. We invite you to contact The Monarch Senior Living today to learn more.

Related Posts