Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Joanne Roueche shares some ways to better ensure the year, as it progresses, is happy and healthy for readers.
She advises to “look forward, not backward. If you’ve had a setback or hit an unexpected bump in the road, stay positive and ask yourself what you can do to move ahead.”
Optimism is suggested, and is an attribute that will rub off on family, friends and colleagues.
“Set realistic goals at home and at work” Roueche advises. Acknowledge you’re more gifted in some areas than others – and focus on those strengths.
“When you’ve completed an important project give yourself credit and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing it off your list,” she urges.
“Seek help when you need it,” Roueche emphasizes. It’s challenging to balance a career with taking care of a household, children, and possibly aging parents.
All of that is too much responsibility for one person, she says.
“Find practical ways to simplify your life,” the extension agent says. Buy clothes that don’t need to be ironed or dry cleaned. Complete all of your shopping and errands in one day.
“Instead of trying to remember everything, write things down. Keep a single calendar for work and personal commitments,” she advises.
It can be stimulating to start a new project, take up a new hobby or give yourself permission to do something you’ve always wanted to try.
“Take care of yourself,” Roueche stresses. “Plan time in your day for exercise and physical activity,” and allow for eight hours of sleep per night.
Eating healthy and nutritious meals is also important. Try to plan meals ahead, preparing and freezing or just adding in extra fresh or raw fruits and vegetables.
“Work to control stress in your life,” Roueche urges. “Stress has been proven to be harmful to your physical and mental health.”
Don’t worry about those things you can’t control, such as the weather or traffic. Go after solving the small problems. That will help you in gaining a feeling of control.
Last but not least, keep your finances under control. Few things are more stressful than dealing with financial problems.
Two ways to do that are to plan within your budget and track expenses closely. For more help, check out Power Pay at extension.usu. edu/finance.