S.H.E.: Obtaining new year resolutions

With the beginning of a new year, many have committed to making positive changes in their lives through declaring resolutions. Based on statistics gathered by The University of Scranton, 75 percent of those who make resolutions maintain them through the first week, but by the end of one month that figure drops to 64 percent.

According to The Daily News Facebook poll, the tope five new year resolutions they hope to obtain are enjoying life to the fullest, getting and staying physically fit, quit smoking, getting organized and getting out of debt.


 Enjoying life to the fullest

Tammy Quillan with Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health provides five steps to enjoying life to its fullest. First she suggests focusing on overall health and wellness by taking care of both physical and mental health. Quillan also recommends setting goals for oneself and making those goals manageable. Being surrounded by positive influences  helps create a supportive and inspiring outlook. Finding balance in life is another suggestion of Quillan’s as well as enjoying and appreciating every moment.

“The world is a busy place and lives are more complex than ever before with multiple demands,” Quillan said. “Identify something that you could do to make your work or home life easier or less complicated, or to make yourself happier and set those steps you need to achieve them.”


Being physically fit

Getting and staying fit is a goal many hope to reach and Al Guifoyle owner of Club Fitness offers ideas on how to do so. The most important step in starting a healthy lifestyle is getting checked by a physician. After receiving the green light, individuals should then meet with a fitness professional to establish goals. Those who join fitness centers are more likely to be successful by having support from trained staff. Working out with a friend or group also provides accountability and motivation. Guilfoyle recommends journaling food, which has become easier and more accessible through applications that can be downloaded. It is important to recognize  the body requires rest in order to prevent exhaustion and injury.

“If you get an injury, take care of it, don’t be foolish and work through it, if you do, you will pay for it in your later years,” Guilfoyle said.


 Quit smoking

Quitting the harmful habit of smoking is not only great for health, but for the bottom line as well. Nancy Seals is a registered nurse with Carson Health and has led groups with the intention of quit smoking. As a former smoker, Seals know just how difficult it can to be to quell the urge to light up. She found for herself and with those she has counseled, that prescription Chantix is highly successful as it allows those taking it to smoke for the first week and then weaning off cigarettes. Seals also feels it is advisable to incorporate habits to replace smoking such as taking a walk when the urge to smoke is present.

“It is one of those things you will start and you will fail, but hopefully one day you can do it,” Seals remarked. “It is a very hard thing to do.”


Getting organized 

Mary Dykstra owner of Within Reach Organizing Services provides practical tips for those who wish to see less clutter and enjoy more quality time. Dykstra suggests beginning with no more than three things to create or change behavior in one area of life whether it be career, relationships of health.

• Go through one area at a time.

• Keep only the items that are used, loved or necessary for legal or financial purposes.

• Keep self talk positive to avoid negative self-fulfilling prophesies.

• Start setting up 2013 electronic and physical files.

• Create a tactical plan on what will be donated, dumped, shredded, recycled or returned and put away and become “outcome focused,” and use a timer to stay on task.

“When working alone, it is critical to set realistic goals and lay out your action plan to achieve these things within the next 12 months,” Dykstra said. “Make sure your plan has timelines, resources needed and bench marks so you can stay on course.”


 Financially stable

Seeing fewer bills in the mail and more money in the bank is a goal many hope to attain in 2013. Steven Day of Ameriprise in Greenville offers simple, but highly effective tips for those wishing to reduce or eliminate debt.

Day recommends those hoping to have a better bottom line implement two ideas. Day’s first suggestion is to get rid of all high interest debt such as credit cards. He also suggests ridding oneself of low balance debt for psychological reasons.

“Receiving bills from fewer people helps,” Day said.

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