4 Simple Resolutions For the New Year!

By January 2, 2017 seasonal

2017As we turn the pages on our calendars in preparation for the new year, perhaps it is also the time for us to consider making a few lifestyle changes to help insure our health and happiness throughout the year ahead.  Maybe instead of making a long list of impossible resolutions we will begin to neglect by mid-January, we should resolve to focus our energy toward making some simple and realistic commitments for 2017. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Consider improving your driving habits. Patience and focus behind the wheel are critical to safe roads.
    • Avoid distractions and temptations…turn off the cell phone and leave it out of reach when behind the wheel, keep the radio at a safe volume, keep your eyes on the road at all times…
    • Be courteous and respectful of other drivers…keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, do not pass another vehicle on a curve or over double lines, lower your high beams when approaching other vehicles at night, respect the posted speed limit…
    • Be mindful of road and weather conditions. Here are some helpful tips on winter driving.
    • Think about enrolling in a Driver Improvement Program with your local AAA. Senior defensive driving programs are also available.
  2. Consider making necessary improvements to avoid dangers in your own home.
    • Think about the last time you had your chimney or fireplace cleaned…this could help prevent a fire.
    • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
    • Fix all the “little things” that you may be putting off when they could be potentially hazardous – loose nails, rotting boards on a raised deck, raised floorboards, loose handrails on a stairwell…
  3. Pay attention to automotive maintenance. Keeping your vehicle healthy will help keep you safe on the road.
  4. Take stock of your health.
    • Pay closer attention to your daily diet…are you getting the proper nutrition and opting for healthy choices?
    • Be sure you have the health screenings recommended for your age. The CDC provides a wonderful tool to help with this.
    • Engage in some form of daily exercise…always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program or routine.

Making some (or all) of these commitments should help to ensure that 2017 is a healthy and happy year.