Happy Almost New Year! As we draw to the end of another year, we all know what that means: it’s time to make New Year Resolutions. Instead of making huge or unattainable feeling goals, why not make a list you can keep this year. We thought about it, and it’s easier than you think!

Keep the list simple but aspirational. If possible, build on any positive changes you’ve already made. Try using these resolutions to get you started:

  1. Take “You” Time Every Day. Set aside time every day to do something you enjoy. Whatever that fun activity may be, get back to it.
  2. Create a Family Support Group. Gather family and friends to provide emotional and physical support. The more people you have ready to support you the more confident you’ll be every day.
  3. Commit to your Doctors. Make your health a priority by always making and keeping preventative appointments. Also, be sure to get into the doctor’s office when you’re feeling sick.
  4. Make Exercise a Priority. Stop all of the excuses and put exercise at the top of your list with the non-breakable commitments.
  5. Delegate. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Remember that family support group you’re going to create? Enlist their help by letting them know what tasks you could use some help with.
  6. Give Thanks. Let everyone who’s shown you some love know how much that means to you. The appreciation just might get them to help out some more.
  7. Establish a Ritual. Make a plan for your typical week. Having an established routine can make it easier for you and your loved one to navigate each day as well as bring some peace of mind to both of you.
  8. Make Time to Break the Ritual. On the other hand, plan some “mini-vacations” when you can relax and break the rules. These breaks could be simple things like sleeping in late and indulging in a special meal or more extravagant like attending a concert an hour away from home.
  9. Take Advantage of Local Resources. Pledge to always be on the lookout for associations or events that could provide help. Keep a list of these local resources that you can reach out to when you feel overwhelmed.
  10. Learn to Forgive Yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. This year tackle your mistakes head on by forgiving yourself every time and learning from them. You’ll be happier and an ever improving caregiver.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you have a plan in place for making sure you keep them in 2013?

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