I never was fond of making New Year’s Resolutions. The few times I did, my goals were too broad and undefined, and I ended up ignoring them. I made the typical goals like “I’m going to lose weight”, or “I’m going to spend less money”. They were destined to fail because they were not specific enough and had no measurable outcome. When I was a caregiver however, I never considered a resolution that would lighten my responsibilities or provide support when I needed it.
There is plenty of information out there both for and against setting New Year’s Resolutions. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “New Year’s Resolution” as: “a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year”.
As caregivers, we are sometimes so busy getting through the day that we don’t stop long enough to make changes that can make our lives better. According to Psychology Today, “the vast majority of resolutions are positive, life changing goals”. So YES, you should set a New Year’s Resolution!
However, instead of making resolutions that require more work on your part, consider making a list of resolutions that others can adopt to help you in the coming year. Below is a list I came up with, use it as a starting point. Adapt this list to meet the needs you have now. Consider posting your list to your friends on Facebook, hang it in your house or even make copies and give it to friends and family. You might be surprised at the support you end up getting.
How about you? Are there New Year’s resolutions you are making? How do you wish friends and family would offer help?
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