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What Are Your Goals For 2016?

What Are Your Goals For 2016?

Guess what? It is New Year’s resolution time again. Are you dreading the inevitable moment when someone asks you about yours.  If you are, maybe you need to change the focus of your News Year’s resolutions? Forget the typical ones that we all think about; to lose weight, drink less, or exercise more and focus on things that are fun, inspiring and that boast your overall wellbeing.

Here are some suggestions:

Make time for yourself: We tend to undervalue the power of “me” time. It is a time when you put obligations and schedules aside for a few minutes each day and do something you want to do. It may be as simple as mediation or reading a chapter in a book, but it is your time. It is a time you give yourself to just be. The health benefits of doing this are many; it lowers blood pressure reduces anxiety and provides relaxation and energy.

Try something new each month: Try a new food or new restaurant, walk a new trail or drive a different route to and from work or play. Just mixed it up, you will be surprised at what you discover.

Learn something new: What is the one thing you have always wondered if you would be any good at; photography, art, dancing? You are never too old to learn, set a new goal or dream a new dream. Remember your resolution is to try.

Plan a trip: This could be to a destination you have always wanted to visit or just have time away from home and the everyday routine. Travel is good for you. It forces you to live in the moment, see new things, meet new people and taste new foods.

Cherish your friends: Spend more time with friends and be open to making new ones. They make us laugh, share common interests, create memories and accept us for who we are.

Reconnecting with friends from your past is not only fun, but reminiscing is such a beautiful thing. It reminds us of the way things once were, our dreams, the happiness that we experienced growing up, and recaptures moments of our youth.

Weather you choose to make a resolution or not I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

Written by: Joan Niemeier