In many ways, baby boomers are unique. But in one way at least, we are just like everyone else. Namely, a lot of us abandon our New Years resolutions. So Dr. Alison Moy, of Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, offers BoomerCafé’s readers an online resource to help us stick with our resolutions … and reduce our stress … and stay healthy while we’re at it!
Are you already thinking about abandoning that New Year’s resolution? Well you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by Liberty Life Assurance Company ofBoston found that well over half of all baby boomers (61%) were willing to commit to a resolution this year. Yet according to a poll conducted by FranklinCovey, the reality is that four out of five people who make a resolution will eventually break it -– with 33% of them giving up before the end of January.
What’s more, three-quarters of the boomers surveyed who work full-time feel that they do not have enough time to do the things they enjoy. So it is not surprising that resolutions quickly fall by the wayside.
Our own survey reveals that to help better manage priorities, half of boomers were willing to commit to a New Year’s resolution to pursue the active lifestyle they deserve and almost half would commit to a resolution to stay healthy in order to continue to help others.
While committing to any plan to improve your health and reduce stress is good, you should firsttake a moment to evaluate what is causing your stress … and contemplate whether it is as large a problem as you think. Over the years, I have found that the stress people feel often is simply the imagination gone wild. By taking a step back and looking at stressors objectively, you can identify windows ofopportunity to make small, practical changes to help reduce stress and improve health. This will help you achieve small successes that will empower you to keep working toward your goals.
Three manageable steps that can change someone’s outlook on their health include:
- Clarifying the specific goal and making it accomplishable
- Finding a way to incorporate it into what you already do
- Staying consistent
For example, if a goal is to increase daily exercise but you’re crunched for time, then start by taking the stairs at work. If you work on the tenth floor, then take the elevator to the ninth and walk one flight. Once it’s easy, add more floors.
Reducing stress can lead to a longer, healthier life.