Ways to Start the New Year Strong from a Rio Grande Retirement Home
Start, Stay, and Finish Strong in the New Year
The New Year is a time that is associated with positive change – many of us commit to better ourselves. But it’s also necessary that we take time to prepare ourselves and our environment to support the goals that we strive to achieve. Whether you are someone with strong New Year’s resolutions or someone who hasn’t quite thought about them, these various ways to start the New Year strong will be a great addition to your plan. Plus, they are all linked to increased happiness and decreased stress! Here are ways to start the new year strong from Brook Ridge, one of the top senior living communities in Pharr, Texas:
Declutter and Get Organized
A great way to prepare for the new year is by decluttering your living space. Physical clutter can impact your mental health, as it can cause stress, uneasiness, and other negative feelings. Having a clean, organized room can help you feel less overwhelmed. Consider decluttering room-by-room, removing items that you no longer use, are in bad shape, or are expired. We suggest keeping four categories in mind for the things you are getting rid of: recycling, donating, selling, or throwing away. Once you’ve decluttered your home, you can reorganize it. There are many great storage options and online tutorials for organizing!
Connect with Others
Socialization is key to a happy and healthy life, as it sharpens memory and cognitive skills and increases your sense of well-being. Reaching out to old friends and distant family at the start of the New Year is a great way to reconnect and start rebuilding your relationships. Here are a few ways to get social and connect with others this new year:
Video call your family
Ask your family to join you for a meal (at Brook Ridge, we love visits from family and friends!)
Join a local club or senior center
Call old friends you haven’t seen in a while
Check in on your neighbors
Say hello to a stranger at the grocery store
Finish Tasks on Your To-Do List
Do you have those pesky tasks you keep saying you’re going to do but haven’t? Things like cleaning your home, making that small repair, or washing the car can easily get put off. Whatever that persistent task may be– do it! Finishing your to-do list going into the new year is a great way to prepare and make room for new items. Try to get into the habit of not letting tasks sit on your to-do list for too long so that you don’t keep pushing them off–you will be so relieved!
Develop a Self-Care Routine
Self-care is key to maintaining a happy relationship with yourself, so it’s essential to find a routine that works for you! How can you start the new year strong if you can’t commit to your well-being? There are so many self-care rituals to try, so if you don’t already have a routine, consider testing out some of these and seeing what makes you feel best:
Spending time outside
Exercising (we offer tons of group exercise classes to try–our residents are sure to find their new favorite!)
Getting creative with art
Making New Year’s resolutions is important, but be prepared for yourself and your environment to achieve them! If you’re looking for a community that will support you in making the most of the new year, then Brook Ridge is ready to welcome you home.
To learn more about residency or schedule a tour of the Brook Ridge Retirement Community, contact our friendly team today.
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