The Best New Year’s Resolution

If New Year’s Resolutions are all about self-improvement like weight loss, read more, eat less, take classes—then, self-care is the only New Year’s resolution you need. It covers everything you may want to resolve, improve, and even purge. Think about it: weight loss, exercise, eating healthy, getting out more, loving yourself, setting boundaries and anything else that improves your life and lifestyle is self-care.

Let go of all that overthinking! Let go of the pressure of expectations! Let go of caring for everyone but yourself. This New Year do one simple thing…do you! If you make yourself number one, if you make sure you’re good, if you drink from your cup first, if you wake up with awareness of your own needs, then you’re exercising great self-care.

It doesn’t mean go out a spend freely and live as if there’s no tomorrow—but it can. It doesn’t mean treat yourself to frivolous decision-making, but it can. It means self-care is about moderation, self-awareness, self-control, self-management. This includes taking care of your mental and emotional self.

Self-care makes you smile, generates happiness, fosters social engagement, and offers a sense of well-being. Self-care results from a balanced diet, an active lifestyle, continuous hydration, adequate rest, good old Vitamin D, and any other activity that refreshes, rejuvenates, and restores you.

Be present in your life. Know your WHY? Show gratitude and compassion. Take time at the end of a day to reflect and review. This is key to self-care because it keeps you in step with your goals and objectives. Remember, lifestyle and mindset matters! Also, detach yourself from anything that doesn’t make feel loved or appreciated.

You won’t need yearly resolutions if you exercise simple Self-Care. This is positive aging!

FYI: Please listen in to my new KUNV 91.5 Community Talk Show, “There’s No Aging in Vegas,” every 4th Sunday of the month. First show airs Sunday, January 25th at 8:30 a.m. Tune in for positive stories about aging in the Valley. Hear from entertainment, community, and business legends and leaders from a variety of positive aging perspectives and interests.

Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and owner of Living La Vida Senior, Ageless Aging, and Senior Solutions. She serves on the American Society on Aging’s Social Impact and Innovation Council and the CSA’s Certification Council. She also teaches Positive Aging at UNLV/OLLI. Visit or email her at: [email protected].

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