I have to pinch myself when I ponder the concept of the clock ticking to 2018 in just a few weeks. Where has the time gone? As each year passes, I always aim to reach those new year’s goals, and truthfully some I am still working on each day, year after year.

As we look forward to 2018, it is good to be mindful of realistic and obtainable goals. Not all resolutions have to be grand and outstanding. Small declarations often become the goals we achieve due to their attainable value.

For many, health and wellness is a favorite arena for goal setting. People often strive for less stress, decreased lethargy, more energy, increased happiness, and healthier life choices.

In the following paragraph I share some recommendations of activities that may help one achieve their goals on a short-term basis, but with long-term effects.

  • Get involved in a local volunteer organization that you care about. Research shows that volunteering promotes life satisfaction and overall happiness.
  • Read some inspiring books by motivating authors from Tony Robbins, Danielle LaPorte, and Marianne Williamson.
  • Make self-care a habit from a bath with essential oils, to learning yoga and meditation, and starting a daily journal.
  • Treat yourself to daily walks in nature. Studies suggest that being outdoors can positively impact the body and soul simultaneously.
  • Make water your best friend. Drink it, and drink it often. A hydrated brain and body can quickly reduce stress and lethargy.
  • Eat mindfully, but enjoy a good sweet or an indulgent dish. The key is a balance, not extremity.

For 2018, choose a new behavior or activity as your goal and attend to it consistently. This approach will augment the resolutions long-term impact and success.