Apparently about 7 million people in the UK will make New Year's resolutions. Those which focus on the need to lose weight or job worries create a negative self image because if they fail to materialise they can lead to feelings of hopelessness, low self esteem and mild depression. Too true!
“In 2009, instead of making a New Year's resolution, think positively about the year to come and what you can achieve."
- Being active - exercise releases endorphins and even a gentle stroll is beneficial for mental well-being
- Going green - evidence has shown that connecting with nature can boost moods
- Learn something new - it will keep minds stimulated and give confidence
- Give back to the community - it can be just as rewarding for you as those you choose to help
Yes! Good practical advice based on common sense!
So what could I do?
- Get back to the pool. I've missed a few weeks now due to the bug and the Christmas rush.
- Visit the Washington Wetlands Centre that's just up the road from me and I've never been. Could get some good photos too.
- Go to some quilting classes to learn more about it, play my Spanish lessons on my new iPod speakers and book some swimming lessons to learn to do the crawl.
- I've been thinking about voluntary work for a while now and what I could do. I'm so tied up with taking and collecting my grandchildren from school and nursery that it's difficult to find the time. When Lauren goes to school next September, I'm hoping to help out at the school with craft or ICT lessons. Another thing I've considered is helping the Mission to Seafarers. So many people spend months at sea away from their homes and families bringing us our food and other goods. This is one area I'm going to explore, even if it's just knitting woolly hats for the moment.
Well these are positive things and they're all achievable. However I won't worry too much if I don't do them all. Whatever I do will be an achievement.