Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.Carl Bard
Around this time of year, there are plenty of articles encouraging you to set some New Year’s resolutions and it can be a good conversation-starter. But who keeps New Year’s resolutions anyway? Research has shown that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions, actually stick to them.
If you don’t want to set resolutions but you’re keen to be happier and improve your well-being, why not try these ideas for size?
Get fully engaged
When we are fully engaged in something, time stops and we forget all else. Maybe there’s a hobby you’ve abandoned but you’d like to take up again. Why not find the guitar, fishing rod, knitting needles, paints or squash racquet and choose a worker to start that hobby again with you?
Get out and about
Research has shown that isolation activates the pain centres in the brain. Social connection is one of the most important ingredients in your recipe for a happy life. Maybe you’re not getting out to see relatives or friends anymore, or having them around to visit like you used to. 2018 is your chance to pick up with a friend and book a worker who can take you places to do just that. There are also plenty of workers out there who will share your love of coffee and a good natter if you’d like some regular companionship.
Find the wow
Having a purpose gives meaning to our lives. It’s about finding something greater than yourself. It can take different forms, whether it’s volunteering or being involved in community events. It’s also about transcendence, those awe-inspiring moments you experience through singing or an outing in nature. Many workers through Better Caring have supported clients to participate more fully in the community as well as make an excursion into the bush or down to the beach.
Take steps to take care of yourself
Exercise is the ultimate feelgood hit. If you need assistance to get out and do it, or a physio to tend to some aches and pains first, have a search on the Better Caring platform. You can also hire someone to help you with a meal plan and some preparation.
Tick it off a list
Finally, the ‘goal’ part of the New Year program. By setting realistic goals and achieving them, you get a strong sense of accomplishment. Why not make this your year to put in place even small changes? Maybe you want to declutter the study. Maybe the garden needs some work. Or you’d like support to go and do a course. Whatever it is, there’s bound to be a worker on the Better Caring platform who can help you get it done.
How to stick to your plans? Tell a family member or friend (or worker!) about them, make goals small and measurable, and give yourself a deadline.
You can use your funding to find and hire your own care or support workers through Better Caring. Why not design your own team and make 2018 yours?