Oh no, not New Year's resolutions

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  • By Linda Berkey
  • ARPC Director of Staff
New Year's resolutions -- someone has to bring it up. Here are the top New Year's resolutions: lose weight, pay off debts, save money, get a better job, get fit, eat right, get a better education, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, reduce overall stress, take a trip, volunteer to help others. Quite a list. 

Setting New Year's resolutions provides an easy path to failure and frustration, for some of us. So, I am not asking you to make a New Year's resolution, I am going to make it easy for you, I am asking you to do something for me this New Year. 

I want you to take care of yourself this year. I want "you" to be the No. 1 priority for you. We too often put ourselves last; family, friends and the job go first -- and we never make time for ourselves. So who pays the price on neglect? We do.

I want you to take care of your health. Take the time to get a regular check up, and treat yourself right. Get enough sleep, get some exercise and eat healthy. Big order isn't it. Start with baby steps, and do what is comfortable for you. Until YOU decide to get into a healthier life style, you won't be successful at it.

Connect and/or reconnect with your friends. This is work, it takes time and effort, but having that buddy to talk with, laugh with and cry with is invaluable. Our friends "keep us real," they ground us. Interacting with friends is different than interacting with your family, after all, our family has to put up with us, our friends don't. A good friend completes us, makes us happier, and a happier you is a healthier you.

Laugh. Have fun. Our whole attitude changes when we laugh out loud, laugh at the situation, laugh at ourselves. Make time to do what you want to do.

I care about you, and I want my New Year's resolution to be successful this year. I am counting on you, my friends, to put yourself first this year -- even in a small way.