New Years Resolutions
Friday, December 28, 2012
Welcome to the year 2013!!! You survived 2012 and are now moving forward with the list you created to improve this year.According to Forbes, "44% of Americans make New Year's resolutions.” TheJournal of Clinical Psychology listed the top resolutions for 2012, which include resolutions such as "Enjoy life to the fullest” and "Staying fit and healthy.” USA.gov lists 13 "Popular New Year's Resolutions, ” which include some I come up with everyyear such as "lose weight”, manage stress and save money/reduce debt. Several were under the category of promoting health behaviors such as: drink less alcohol; eat healthy food; get fit; and quit smoking. No matter what is on your list, by the end of January most of us can't even remember what resolutions we made because we have already broken them!
So this year, consider "modifying” behaviors and instead of making annual resolutions. So, smokers might read up on the options for quitting gradually. Most have quit 100 times, with limited success. The hazards of smoking are on TV, the packs of tobacco and on the lips of everyone from our kids to the guy next door. One place to start is with the tobacco quit-line found on state and/or local health department's websites or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get free advice and support to help quit now.
For those overweight, don't panic! The weight gain did not happen overnight and it's not healthy trying to lose it in a day. A physical exam is a good way to start. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!
For those concerned about their financial health, USA.gov has a free publication entitled: "Saving and Investing: A Roadmap To Your Financial Security Through Saving and Investing”
Whatever you "resolve” to do in the New Year, remember to be kind and gentle with yourself and others. No one can relive 2012 but everyone can resolve to be healthier, happier and kinder in the New Year!
Doreleena Sammons-Posey SM