The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to sit and think deeply about the year just gone. In light of your experiences in the crazy year that was 2020, is there anything you’d like commit to in 2021 that will improve your overall wellbeing? Set yourself realistic goals that will positively impact your life in the coming year. Write them down, so that when the end of the year rolls around again you can reflect on them and the impact they had. It’s a nice idea to set goals with a partner or a friend and also a great way of keeping each other accountable.
If you are having trouble thinking of a few goal ideas for 2021, let the suggested list below guide you.
Forming new friendships and creating new memories is a great goal to set for this year. Often, retirees can get lonely and although they would love to make new friends, aren’t quite sure how. You can start by finding your local seniors citizens club and attending social events they put on. At Oak Tree, our retirement villages often host events and activities like trivia nights, high teas, and water aerobics classes that are free, open to the public, and a wonderful way to meet people. In 2021 you could also consider reconnecting with old friends you haven’t spoken to for a while or even adopting a furry friend!
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to commit to leading a healthier lifestyle. Make a conscious effort to drink more water, eat less processed foods, and cook more instead of ordering take out so you’re in full control and completely aware of what you’re putting into your body. As well as helping you to feel better and live longer, maintaining a healthy diet will help you age more gracefully!
Is there something you once had a real passion for but gave up some time ago for whatever reason? 2021 is the perfect time to revisit that past hobby and see if it still brings you as much joy as it once did. Rereading old favourite books or watching movies you once loved is also something you could do throughout the year.
While It may seem daunting and almost impossible in the beginning, the benefits of becoming more tech savvy are unmatched! For one, you’ll be better equipped to recognise internet scams and therefore less likely to get a computer virus or have your sensitive information stolen. Familiarising yourself with technology and different social media platforms also means you’ll be able to better communicate digitally with family and friends.
It’s also a great idea to take some time this year to familiarise yourself with the many digital apps and services that are available and great for seniors so you can make the most of them!
Articles like the ones below are a great place to start: