The holidays are over, the ball dropped in Times Square, and whether we were ready for it or not, 2016 is officially here. However, as we return to “real life” and try to shake off that holiday hangover, there’s an underlying sense of hope that seems to come with every new year. We were all given clean slates when we flipped our calendars to January 1, 2016 and many of us feel as if we are in total control of our futures and what happens next.
How do people take advantage of their clean slate? By choosing New Year’s resolutions, of course. In fact, some research estimates that about 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions.
When people select a New Year’s resolution, they are making a promise to themselves to either begin doing something good (exercising, eating well, positive thinking) or stop doing something bad (smoking, excessive drinking, eating junk food).
“How Many People Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions?”
The sentiment behind New Year’s resolutions is wonderful, but the truth is that only about 8% of Americans actually achieve their desired goal. This doesn’t mean we should give up on resolutions, however. With a little additional planning, it is more than possible to be one of the 8%.
- Set very specific goals: Instead of just saying, “I’m going to lose weight this year,” stop and think about more specific goals that are measurable. For example, your overall resolution could be to lose weight, but choose certain milestones as well like, “Eat 1,500 calories every day,” or “Replace daily soda with green tea.” These are things that will help you eventually achieve your ultimate resolution of losing weight, but will provide more instant gratification in the short-term.
- Share your resolution with friends and family: Resolutions can be very personal for people, but sharing your goal can play a huge role in your success. Tell people you love what you are hoping to achieve this year and encourage them to “check in” and ask you about it from time-to-time. If you are generally more of an open book, you may even consider sharing your goal on social media regularly. Knowing that other people know your resolution can help keep you accountable.
- Don’t expect perfection: Changing ingrained behaviors is hard, no matter who you are. When you begin working toward your resolution, remind yourself that you are not going to be perfect. You’re going to have slip ups, and there will be tough days — but that doesn’t mean you should ever give up. Get rid of the “all or nothing” mentality, realize you are human, and keep your eye on the prize.
New Year’s Resolutions for the Mesothelioma Community
If your life has been affected by mesothelioma in some way, choosing a resolution may almost seem frivolous. You can’t think about it that way, though. Making a resolution at the beginning of 2016 gives you hope and helps you commit to being the best version of yourself, no matter where you are in life currently.
Still not sure what your resolution should be here? Here are some ideas:
Resolutions for Mesothelioma Patients
- Meditate regularly
- Fuel your body with healthy food
- Write down something you are grateful for every day
- Watch the top 10 movies you’ve never seen, but always wanted to
- Talk to at least 1 person you care about every single day
Resolutions for Mesothelioma Caregivers
- Get a massage once a month
- Attend a weekly yoga class
- Keep a journal to help work through your feelings
- Focus on healthy eating
- Always advocate for the mesothelioma patient you are caring for
Resolutions for Individuals Who May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos
- Make regular doctor appointments to see where your health stands
- Tell your doctor about your work history and/or possible past asbestos exposure
- Pay attention to your health
- Find former co-workers to see if any have been diagnosed with mesothelioma (and stay in touch)
- Fight for asbestos to be completely banned in the United States
These are all simply suggestions, so don’t be afraid to stray a bit and choose a New Year’s resolution that feels good to you. It’s all about making slight alterations in your life that can make a big difference in the end.
Best wishes for an outstanding 2016! The team at Mesothelioma Help Now looks forward to providing you with helpful and informative content in the coming year.