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Ideas for New Year's Resolutions in 2023

10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for MS Patients

The New Year…The New You?

With the hectic holidays almost in the rear-view mirror, the new year is almost upon us. Are you thinking about making some resolutions to make life as good as it can be in 2023?  Yup, here we go again…

For those dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, every day presents challenges. But still, there are ways that you can make your life a little better. Like millions of Americans, let’s set some goals that are achievable and will stick.

New Year’s Resolutions Ideas: How to Make Them Stick

Sticking to newly declared resolutions is the hard part. According to research, of the 41% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, only 9% keep them. That’s a success rate of only one out of five! However, there are ways to set yourself up for success.

  • Set specific goals. Research also shows that 90% of those who set specific goals achieve high performance.
  • Set goals that you truly want to pursue. An inner passion will drive you to make yourself accountable for the results. For many, a diagnosis of MS or pre-MS by itself instills a powerful incentive.
  • Focus on small, achievable goals. Take a daunting goal, such as being as healthy as you can be, and break it into small bites. Set realistic targets that over time will put you in the direction of your goal.
  • Rely on your support system. Take advantage of the feedback and accountability from those who are supporting you on your MS journey. Rather than procrastinating or losing motivation, as we all do, you’ll benefit from the encouragement of those who surround you.

10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for You

Understanding how hard it is to make change, especially when dealing with MS, here are some goals and 2023 New Year’s resolutions ideas:

  1. Establish and follow a daily routine. No matter the disruptions, try to keep a daily routine. Following the same schedule of what you do in the morning and when you go to bed saves physical and mental energy. A regular routine frames your day with a sense of control and minimizes stress.
  2. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and follow certain protocols that train your brain when it’s time to sleep. Read our blog “Sleep and MS: The Importance of Managing Your Sleep” here. Part of your goal should be to improve your sleep habits.
  3. Establish a schedule of regular, light physical activity that’s appropriate for you. Set attainable goals such as: stretching for at least 10 minutes per day; and strength or resistance training at least twice a week, lifting light weights or using bands. If you have access to a pool and are comfortable in the water, consider going to the pool twice a week. Water exercises and swimming can help improve flexibility and range of motion. Regardless of what you choose to do, exercise can help preserve your physical and mental health.
  4. Rest. Ongoing fatigue is a reality for MS patients. Seventy-five to ninety percent of MS patients describe their fatigue as overwhelming, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Listen to your body and if you feel tired, take the time out to rest.  Saying “no” to over-scheduled activities and taking breaks – i.e., resting – can help you have more energy during the remainder of the day.
  5. Modify your diet in small steps to make it more nutritious. More nutritious diets translate into lower fat, higher fiber, and more balanced meals overall. Diet is a big part of being healthier. For all Americans in 2022, statistics reveal that living healthier was the #1 goal. That resolution is non-specific and likely overly ambitious. Instead, why not make one change in your diet each month in 2023? The cumulative effect can be impactful. For example, perhaps in January, find a way of introducing vegetables to your breakfast.  Add spinach to your eggs or broil sliced zucchini as a side dish. In February, cut out a high-fat culprit that you know isn’t good for you such as desserts on weekdays (and continue with your morning vegetables). Continue singular monthly changes throughout the year.
  6. Find out about your Vitamin D level. Next visit to your doctor, talk to your doctor about checking your blood levels of Vitamin D and discuss if Vitamin D supplementation might be a good idea for you. And don’t forget, the best way to get Vitamin D is from the sun. Get outside when you can (and don’t forget your sunscreen protection). Yes, there is less sun in the winter, but every little bit helps. Find out more about the connection of Vitamin D and MS in our blog here.
  7. Find support from others who know what it’s like to live with MS. There are resources to tap into whether it’s a Facebook group or an online community. Click here for a list of online Multiple Sclerosis support groups.
  8. Pursue a hobby. Low-energy activities such as gardening, or cooking can help maintain exercise and mobility at home. Plus, you’ll benefit from the outcome, and the accompanying sense of accomplishment.
  9. Maintain mentally stimulating activities and social interaction to preserve cognitive function. Reading, creative writing, crosswords, watching game shows and simply talking to others can improve your cognitive processes.
  10. Monitor symptoms and inform your doctor about any changes in your condition. Take a more active role in your MS care.  Download our free app, BeCare MS Link. (Go to the Google Play or the App Store to start). Through a series of questionnaires and gamified activities, BeCare MS Link makes it easy for you to monitor your neurologic and cognitive progress from home. After using it the first time, all you need is 20 to 25 minutes a month to keep tabs on how you are doing.

Have some other ideas of resolutions that you plan on making? Let us know in the comments.

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