It’s the new year, and time to think about ways in which we can accomplish a personal goal or make changes to improve our lives. While about 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by February, it’s important to keep them simple and achievable. Your resolution doesn’t need to be made on January 1. Give yourself some time to determine what is the best for you. After each week, write down what was achieved that week. This will allow you to keep track of accomplishments, and gauge progress. All-in-all, you will feel better about yourself, set goals and have a healthier outlook — both mentally and physically.

Here are some ideas on possible New Year’s resolutions. Don’t limit yourself; be creative. You know what is best for your lifestyle and what is doable for you.

▪ Be active. Move your body more. A simple exercise will suffice. Touch your toes a few times during the day. Go for walk. Stretching is also a good way to become more flexible.

▪ Say hello to someone who you never said hello to before. Smile and say hello to a new person. It may spark a conversation. You may realize you have something or someone in common, and find a friend in the process.

▪ Eat healthier. Be mindful of what you eat and make sure to limit your sweets, salt and fat intake. Have a salad a few times a week. Think green.

▪ Keep your mind busy. How about a crossword puzzle to stimulate your mind? Go to the library and read a good book. Engage in a conversation with someone. Challenging your brain regularly keeps your cognitive skills sharp and reduces your chance of experiencing memory loss.

▪ Visit Someone in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living. Make it a point to go see someone that may not be able to come and see you or that you have not visited in a while. Your visit will be the highlight of their day.

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