Five Tips for Having a Rewarding 2019

If we’re honest with ourselves, we all know there are specific habits we could adopt that would make us feel better, physically, mentally and emotionally. And even though we could make these changes any time, a milestone like the beginning of a new year is a truly excellent time to start!

What new habits could make YOUR life better? They may be as individual as you are – but just to get you started, here are a few that I find helpful in my own ongoing journey to wellness:

  1. Heed the body – Most of us could lead richer, more fulfilling lives if we took better care of our bodies – including changing our diet and exercise habits. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults get a minimum of 2.5 hours per week of moderate-intensity exercise or 1.25 hours of vigorous exercise. If it could help you live a happier, healthier life, would you be willing to work a 30-minute daily walk into your routine? If the answer is yes, then why not start on January 1? Likewise, many of us also need to think about how our diet is making us feel. If you could feel better by increasing your intake of healthy fruits and vegetables and reducing sugar and saturated fat intake, you’d do it … right?
  2. Mind the mind – Are you finding time for the intellectual activities you value – reading, taking a class or other mental pursuits? New Year’s is a perfect time to recommit to the interests that help you retain and sharpen your edge.
  3. Do you relate? – Do you have important relationships which, for reasons within or beyond your control, have suffered lately? Look critically at your own role in these losses. Consider working with a professional counselor who can be objective and help you lay out concrete steps that can be taken to become a more caring or committed friend, spouse, partner, sibling, daughter or son.
  4. Gauge your engagement – Are you always thinking you’d like to serve your community but never getting around to it? Begin the new year with a new commitment to give back. Volunteers often report that they “get back” much more than they give … so what are you waiting for?
  5. Play to your passion – As we all spend more time staring at screens, we’re spending less time having fun --- actively playing, pursuing hobbies or other truly recreational activities. This may be the year for you to unpack your bowling ball, Scrabble board, jigsaw puzzle or a deck of cards. Or perhaps, in your case, recreation is found with an easel and palette, knitting needles or gardening gloves. Whatever makes you feel creative and fulfilled …. consider doing more of that in 2019!

 

In your quest for a more rewarding 2019, a CJFS counselor may be able to help. Licensed Clinical Social Workers from CJFS offer individual and family counseling for people of all ages. 

CJFS proudly serves people of all religions, races and income levels. To arrange a consultation, email Stu Jaffe, stu@cjfsbham.org or call 205-879-3438.