VISN 2: Veterans' Wellness, Winter 2011
December 2011 - Live a Beautiful Life—All Year Long
As 2011 winds down, you’re probably reflecting on all the wonderful things you have done this past year to live a beautiful life. Maybe you’re taking a half-hour walk after dinner, or you’re planning monthly potluck dinners with friends. You may have returned to school to learn a new language
or added one or two “superfoods”
to your diet.
Good for you! You should be very proud that you were able to make these healthy changes to your activity level, diet, mental health, and overall well-being. Taking
these steps can help you live life
to the fullest.
The end of the year is also a good time to start thinking about doing even more to be a healthier, happier you. You can take an extra lap around the block, or add another “superfood” to your shopping list. Renew your library card and start reading for fun. Join a social club to meet more friends. Learn meditation to manage stress. Discover a new hobby.
Start 2012 off right by adopting this saying: “I want to live every day as the healthiest person I can.”
Then bring that image of yourself as a healthy person into everything you do.
“There is no such thing in anyone’s life
as an unimportant day.”
– Alexander Woollcott
GET READY FOR
THE NEW YEAR
Before you make 2012 New Year’s resolutions, write down all the healthy changes you made this year.
What goals did you reach
It’s also important to identify those things that were difficult for you to change.
What goals do you still want
Before making goals a part of your resolutions, you have to figure out what caused you to fall back and what you need to do to be successful.
And remember, if you do slip up, don’t dwell on it. Just get back to your healthy habits the next day.
With a little care and planning, you can have healthier and happier 2012!
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