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Healthy Habits to Create a New You for 2024

Healthy Habits to Create a New You for 2024

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A new year full of wonder is on the horizon. Instead of thinking of typical resolutions, this could be an exciting time to bring some joy, inspiration and healthy choices to change your life. This is a fantastic opportunity to incorporate some new possibilities, and team up to help a parent, grandparent or other loved one to make 2024 a wonderful year to remember!

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Strategizing on ways to fill the new year with happiness can be empowering and a lot of fun, especially during the holiday season, which can be a challenging time emotionally for older adults. Let’s explore some tips to create an amazing year for you and your loved ones.

Try a new activity to increase wellness each month. Finding the right healthy activities can add happiness to your life, as well as build resilience – the ability to bounce back and recover from difficult situations. Give yoga or tai chi a whirl, to connect you to your body. Meditation can promote a sense of calm and peace. Love to dance? Take your first Zumba class! Start a walking club with friends or neighbors, and commit to a 30-minute walk three mornings a week.

Journal to help your mental health. You don’t need a fancy book to write down your thoughts. A notebook will do just fine. Taking the time to express and understand your emotions proactively can help keep depression at bay. It doesn’t need to be a formal process. Just jot down whatever comes to mind. By doing it at the same time each day, you’ll be able to create a healthy habit.

Treat your tastebuds. Expand your horizons and delight your palate by experiencing new food items weekly. Whether you and your loved ones enjoy a wide variety of foods or are picky eaters, it is exciting to experience new options, and you may just find a new favorite. By opening up your choices, you’ll shake up your regular routine. Start out with vegetables and fruits that you’ve always been curious to try.

Invest 60 minutes a day to complete a major goal. If you’ve always dreamed of learning to play a musical instrument, bake French specialties or write the novel that has been kicking around in your head for ages, now is the time to make it a reality. Wake up early to devote an hour each day to expand your skill set in a chosen area. By the end of 2024, you’ll have devoted 365 hours to this endeavor! Think of the progress and joy that will accompany your journey.

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Let’s celebrate the small victories and major accomplishments this year, as well as gather our family members, especially older adults, to experience the journey together. Wonderful experiences are even better shared with those who mean the most to us!

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