A Positive Attitude Improves Your Health
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I just love getting text messages with pictures like I received from Mrs. Deborah Bourn. She gets three of our 4-H cooking kits each month for her three grandchildren who live in Oxford. This month her twin grandsons, James and McConnell, visited with her and granddad, Joe, and great grandmother, BeBe (Barbara McClellan), right before Christmas. Mrs. Deborah and Mrs. Barbara enjoyed making the Christmas sugar cookies with the boys. I am sure that is not all that was made…knowing Deborah and Barbara, there was lots of laughter and sweet memories were made!
Positive Resolutions For 2021
We don’t really know what to expect in the New Year. Think back to January of last year and the goals or plans you had for 2020. So much has changed since then. One comment I’ve heard over and over during this past year is that next year will be better… looking forward to 2021. Your attitude as we go into this year can make a difference to your overall health.
In the January 2021 edition of the Food and Health Newsletter, they suggests that, instead of making the regular list of resolutions this year, you can take it month by month. This project, Positive Resolutions for 2021 offers topics for each month. They help with some ideas, suggestions, recipes, encouragement, and science-based support. All are positive ideas… nothing that makes you stop doing something and it’s all based on topics that can improve your health, wellness, and overall well-being. Let’s take it in small steps. Each month builds upon the previous month or months. At the beginning of each new month, set a measurable goal for yourself on the new topic while continuing the previous months’ activities, too. Reevaluate how you’re doing each month. At the end of the year, you’ll have twelve new habits and a more healthful lifestyle.
Here’s their list of monthly Positive Resolutions for 2021…
Try Whole Grains
Go for Fruit
Add a Vegetable
Eat a Plant
Cook at Home
Add a Snack
Life’s too Short
• Make it you. If you don’t like these monthly suggestions, substitute an achievable goal based on a positive change you’d like to make in your life.
• Each month you’ll need to decide what would be a good accomplishment for you. Are you going for a daily change, twice weekly, every other week, or one a month? That, too, is up to you. Look at where you are now and where you’d like to be at the end of the month and the end of the year. Be specific.
• Writing goals down makes them more real. Put them on your calendar at the beginning of each month — either on your paper or electronic calendar. Or, set it as a reminder on your phone! It could be for every month, every week, or every day — whichever works for you.
• Journaling or making notes on what you did also helps to make it a habit. There are phone apps that can help you do this.