Set Your Best New Year's Goals with Assisted Living in McAllen, Texas
No matter your age, you can always make this your best year yet
A new year is a fresh start, and it’s the time when many of us set goals for what we’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. While many people set new year’s resolutions to adopt healthy habits, learn a new hobby, or complete a bucket list adventure, many people don’t reach those goals. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!
At The Gardens at Brook Ridge, we want you and your loved ones to reach all of your goals and live your lives to the fullest. So whether you’re setting goals for yourself or for your relationship with your loved one this year, our team has created this guide to teach you how to create a new year’s goal that you can reach and different examples of new year’s plans you can accomplish.
How To Set A New Year’s Goal
New year’s resolutions should follow the S.M.A.R.T. formula. The acronym S.M.A.R.T. stands for the following:
S is for specific.
M is for measurable.
A is for attainable.
R is for realistic.
T is for time-bound.
This formula will allow you to hold yourself accountable and reach your goals! By setting your goals using this method, you’ll be able to give yourself clear markers for whether or not you’re on track to achieve your goal. For example, instead of saying, “My goal is for me and my loved one to eat healthier,” you could set a S.M.A.R.T. goal: “We will eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.” The second variation is more clear, specific, and provides an easier way to measure your progress.
Give yourself time either weekly or monthly to reflect on your goals to see how well you are doing and where you can make adjustments to get back on track.
Examples of S.M.A.R.T. New Year’s Goals
While every goal should be a S.M.A.R.T. goal, it should also be a goal that you can feel confident about. For instance, if you want to have a healthier diet, incorporating smaller daily goals can help you check off your list. Likewise, if you’re hoping you help your loved one connect more with others in their community, make a goal to socialize together with their fellow residents at a specific time each week. Here are some more examples:
My loved one and I will eat more balanced meals by incorporating three or more servings of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains into our daily diet.
I will keep my mind more active by practicing brain puzzles like sudoku every day for 15 minutes.
I will help my loved one socialize by helping them choose at least one community activity they’d like to attend each week.
I will stay in contact with my family by calling my loved one to catch up for at least 15 minutes per week.
I’ll support my health and exercise more often by taking 30 minutes every day to do low-impact exercises.
At The Gardens at Brook Ridge, we also offer our HOPE BLOOMS™ Life Enrichment Program, which allows physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation, social connections, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. With this type of holistic support program, you and your loved one will certainly accomplish your new year’s goals!
Setting new year’s resolutions can be beneficial to overall health– it allows us to enter a new year with a positive outlook and purpose, which has been shown to help support mental health. Try working through your new year’s goals with a family member, close friend, or the team at The Gardens at Brook Ridge. We’d love to support you and your loved one in the new year!
Gardening is a relaxing, productive activity that can help lower stress and support our mental health. But just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean we have to wait until next year to enjoy gardening. Fall is the best time to plant perennial flower bulbs, which bloom year after year!
Check with your local nursery for recommendations on what to plant. There are a range of choices--daffodils, tulips, allium, and hyacinth are 4 of the hardiest perennials for all planting zones. When spring comes around, you can look for your budding flowers!
Food is a critical component of not only our health, but our overall happiness and well being. That’s why we place a large emphasis on the importance of healthy eating. The food we eat every day plays a huge role in our brain function, and that doesn’t change as we get older. In fact, it’s even more important!: ow.ly/FQ7O50KWcuY