Did your New Years' Resolution Include you?
Another year has come and gone – can you believe it! Many of my friends, family and patients have commented on how quickly last Summer passed us by, although the high temperatures did prove to be a challenge for many of us. Thank goodness for air conditioning!.
When we get to the New Year, many of us come up with a few ‘New Years’ Resolutions’ – have you?
You have heard them all before – I hear them every year:
For the most part, the focus is on our physical health and well being. Less frequently, I hear such resolutions as:
It is always important to strike that balance between physical and mental well-being. Life is very busy these days, even if you are retired. Quite often, my retired patients comment that they are “so busy” that they wonder how they ever managed to work! .
The electronic world has sped up our lives and communication significantly. As an example, when we used to send written cards and letters to one another (remember that activity called “writing”?), you may have expected a response within 1-2 months – oh – that was the pony express! With Canada Post it became 1-2 weeks.
Admittedly, it is often easier said than done – slowing down and taking time for yourself. In other words, ‘stopping to smell the roses’. Based on what I have been told, I am not sure if gets any easier when one retires.
Having said that, there are things you can do – set aside some time for yourself – put it right in your scheduled, mark it on your day timer or put it on the kitchen calendar. The kitchen calendar seems to be the most common means in which to schedule things – it certainly has been used in many households over the years.. The family calendar is a ‘clearing house’ of information about who is where, when to pick up who and whose car-pooling with what family on a particular day. No wonder there are licences and key chains denoting ‘Grampa’s/Grandma’s taxi’ and ‘Mom/Dad’s taxi’.
Getting into the habit is the hardest thing to do. Be persistent and give it a good try – it doesn’t hurt to try to schedule time for yourself!
As we get into 2013, one thing is for sure – the warm weather of Spring and Summer will be here shortly – at least we hope!