Ten Simple Resolutions

Are you having trouble committing to a New Year’s resolution?

Here are ten simple resolutions that when kept, will make a big impact on your life.

1. Make a New Year’s resolution to forgive yourself when you screw up!

You are human! You are going to make mistakes!

Make restitution and let yourself move on.

Forever punishing yourself for a mistake you make that either wasn’t a big deal or happened ages ago will prevent you from moving forward and making better decisions.

2. Resolve to exercise daily

Everyone is able to exercise to some degree.  No, I am not suggesting that someone who is unable to walk for more than five minutes go for a 5-mile run, but instead to find a form of exercise that they can do. 

If walking is not your thing you could try yoga, Pilates, stretching, or water aerobics.  The point is to make an effort to move your body every day!

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3.Resolve to unfollow negative people on social media

If the people you follow on social media are the cause of unnecessary stress, anger, or sadness it is time to let them go!!

Your mental health is important and if seeing negative posts is affecting your attitude it is time to do something about it. 

What? You are worried about offending your friends or a family member?  At least on Facebook, you can unfollow someone without unfriending them.  By doing this you will still remain Facebook buddies, but you won’t see their posts in your feed.

4.Resolve to accept compliments by saying thank you and nothing more

What is your response when someone tells you that you look beautiful today? 

Do you say that it was the result of layers of makeup or that you just got lucky and had a good hair day?  Or do accept the compliment with a simple thank you. 

Stop putting yourself down after being complimented and just say thanks!


5. Resolve to stop comparing yourself to others

Seriously, stop it!!

Everyone is different.  Not everyone has the same health issues, money woes, relationship drama, or life challenges. 

Even if you have something in common with another person, you still won’t have the same experience or be following the same journey. 

Worry about what you can do, not about being able to do what your neighbor is doing.

6. Make a New Year’s resolution to make your health a priority

Take care of yourself! This includes mental and physical health. 

Besides following your treatment protocol and pain management plan, be sure you are practicing self-care.

Pushing yourself to the point of having to go to the emergency room because your pain level spiraled out of control is not making your health a priority. 

Pacing and taking precautions will result in more time spent having fun and less time in the hospital.

7.  Resolve to try new things

Are you bored with your life?  Try a new hobby or look into a career change.

If your current treatment or pain management plan isn’t working, try something new.  Talk to your doctor and see what is available or talk to him/her about alternative/natural options. 

Don’t give up just because everything you have tried up until now hasn’t helped or worked out.


8. Resolve to focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t

By focusing on what you can’t do you open the floodgates of all that is negative in your life to flood your mind.  Before you know it negativity takes over your mind and life. 

It is okay to look at what you can’t do for research purposes and to find ways to do it differently, just don’t forget to think about what you can do.

  Thinking about what you are capable of can also help you when trying to find solutions to what you can’t.

9. Resolve to complain less

How often do you complain? Weekly? Daily? Hourly? Every minute?  One trick to help curb how often you complain is to counter every complaint you make with two positive thoughts. 

You will either become accustomed to finding something positive to say and think OR you will tire of doing it and just shut up.  Either way, you win!


10. Make a New Year’s resolution to find something to be thankful for each and every day

If you are not used to finding something to be thankful on a daily basis, you may find it difficult at first.  I found it helpful to journal my reasons. 

By doing this I was able to look back and be reminded of the good things in my life whenever I had a tough day.

Which resolution will you choose?

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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