Monthly Feature

December 2021 – Committing to a Fresh Start

You can commit to a new beginning at any time, but the new year provides the perfect opportunity to jumpstart a healthier body and mind in the coming year. New Year’s Resolutions are a popular concept that date back to the Roman era, but how do you know what kind of goals you want to set?

When it comes to goal setting, it’s important to know the ‘what,’ ‘why’ and ‘how’ so you have a clear plan for reaching your desired outcome. Take the first step towards a fresh start by figuring out what kind of changes you want to make for 2022 with some of the ideas below.

Physical Health

Focus on your physical health by improving sleep fitness, exercising regularly or incorporating more healthy foods into your diet. Always remember to make your goals realistic and specific so you can stick to them. For example, try going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night, eating one serving of vegetables each day or walking rather than driving to nearby destinations.

Relationships

After the social impact of the pandemic, you might want to make relationships the focus this year. Make a point of reaching out to one friend or family member each week. For long-term goals like finding new friends or reconnecting with a spouse, try writing them down to keep you accountable and breaking them into steps.

Finances

Maybe this is the year to take control of your finances. It all starts with setting a yearly budget. Having financial security will help you enjoy the rest of the year with less stress.

Education

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to keep learning. Whether you want to start or continue schooling, learn a new skill or read more books, striving for personal development can lead to long-term happiness and success.

Recreation

Leisure activities are equally as important to your wellbeing as other areas. If you find yourself feeling burned out, try adding more recreation and relaxation into your life. Whether you want to travel more or pick up a hobby, the new year could be the perfect time to start.

Mental Health

Finally, don’t forget to take care of your mental health. Focusing on stress management and self-care for 2022 can help keep you at your best throughout the new year and make your other activities more enjoyable.

This video ‘Healthy Living: Strategies to Improve Your Overall Wellbeing’ contains additional inspiration and insightful information to help strengthen your physical, mental and emotional health for committing to a fresh start.

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