The start of the new year often brings new year’s resolutions, and this is no different for those enjoying a retirement lifestyle.
Contrary to popular opinion, new year’s resolutions don’t need to be about stopping habits or denying yourself of life’s indulgences.
A refreshing way to approach the annual tradition is to acknowledge and re-evaluate the elements of your life that bring joy and value, consider activities or traits that you would like to stop, introduce or tweak, or identify any areas of your life you feel need to be re-prioritised.
A new year’s resolution should let us refocus on making the year ahead positive, and full of things to be enjoyed. Retirement is the perfect time to make new year’s resolutions. The new-found time and freedom provides the perfect setting to focus on the parts of your life that bring true happiness.
We recently asked some of the residents across our 15 age-exclusive retirement villages to tell us about their approach to new year’s resolutions.
In a recent survey, when asked the question if they made new year’s resolutions, only 20% of our audience reported that they do! While 40% of respondents admitted that they sporadically make resolutions, 40% said that no, they don’t make any.
As we can all relate too, making resolutions is the easy part, it’s following them through over the next 12 months that can prove difficult. Only 20% of our respondents admitted that they don’t follow their resolutions through at all, 47% reported that while they did follow them through to begin with, this doesn’t last but 33% revelled in the fact they do in fact follow their resolutions through.
So, what kind of resolutions are being made? 40% reported they were making life-changing decisions, 27% said their resolution was to start a new hobby or activity and 33% wanted to kick a habit.
When you find the resolutions aligned with your lifestyle and values, they can have a long-lasting impact on your quality of life. What should you consider when looking for a new year’s resolution in your retirement years? Below we provide some examples.
Learning about a new topic and developing new skills stimulates the brain, maintaining its health and improving memory. This is because many new activities require us to actively engage, and tap into working memory, long-term memory and high-level cognitive processes.
Getting out and finding new hobbies can broaden our social stimulation too. Joining special interest groups provides an opportunity to meet new people, widening your social circle and introducing you to new environments.
Some of the special interest and hobby groups that take place across our villages currently include line dancing, computer club, art classes, table tennis and croquet. However, the activity calendars are resident-led, which means all ideas are welcome.
If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to ways to spending your time in your retirement years, take a look at our blog: Top 7 Things To Do in Retirement.
Eating well at any age provides enormous benefits. While of course, indulging in your favourite food and drink is good for the soul, healthy eating remains a balancing act.
Foods that provide a wholesome and sustained source of energy, vitamins and minerals to maintain healthy bone, skin and organs, as well as plenty of fibre, work to keep the body healthy, reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes. They can help to keep the immune system in top condition and fight disease-causing free radicals.
Further to this, sticking to a varied and balanced diet means that you can savour indulgences in your retirement years.
Many of our residents enjoy meals in the on-site restaurants at our villages, while activity calendars often specify Friday-night drinks in the village bar!
Take up singing
A perhaps little-known fact, is that singing can help to reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness and depression. This is because of the release of endorphins and oxytocin that floods our body, replacing stress hormones like cortisol, leaving us feeling happy and content.
Joining a choir can be exhilarating, transforming our emotional landscape. The chemical oxytocin enhances the feeling of bonding and building trust with those around you, helping you to meet new people, form relationships, improve confidence and reduce loneliness.
Many of our villages have created a Choir that regularly meet onsite.
We hope that these examples have inspired you to make a new year’s resolution that improves your health and happiness, creating a wonderful retirement lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about any of our villages, or arrange a tour, please contact a member of the team, who would be delighted to help you.