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By now, most of us who made New Year's resolutions have already tossed them. Let's face it -- change is hard. Old habits are tough to break.
But what if there was a way to improve your 2016 without having to starve yourself, work out or even break a sweat?
I'm talking about sensible, realistic change. Fun change. Meaningful change. So at the end of 2016, you can look back and say, "Now THAT was a good year!"
Become an activist.
Before the rise of social media, being an activist was hard work. You had to organize rallies, travel, and take risks with your own safety and your own finances. But with social media, you can tell the movers and shakers of the world that you're mad as h*** and you're not going to take it anymore.
By identifying the issues that mean a lot to you (the environment? poverty? animal welfare?) it's now easier than ever to have an impact. From the comfort of your home, you can launch and sign online petitions, share them around the world, write letters to politicians, and donate to your favorite causes.
Is this the year you put your voice where your heart is? This video from Care2.com shows how easy it is to be an armchair activist:
Are you creative? Everyone can create. From my own experience running a business, I can tell you that my most "zenlike" moments are when I sit down in front of my jewelry components and design a new necklace or bracelet for the N-Style ID collection. The Golden Gate Cable Bracelet was one of my favorite creations that still gives me great satisfaction to look at.
Creating is a wonderful stress reliever, too. In fact, there are documented reasons why humans NEED to create things.
Whether you love fabrics, yarn or paint, whether you do baking, composing or woodworking, remember to "carve" out some time to make stuff that gives you pleasure in 2016!
Tackle a dreaded task.
Clean the fridge? Vacuum the car? Choose one job you've been putting off for a long time and just do it. The feeling of satisfaction will pay you back every time you open the fridge or get in the car.
Consume more water, less pop.
There are eight teaspoons of sugar in a can of cola. That's just one reason to drink more water. Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry and reach for a snack, your brain might actually be confusing thirst for hunger?
So on the way to the fridge, make a detour to the water cooler. Keep a tall glass of water at your work station or desk. You'll be amazed how quickly it disappears when you're concentrating on work.
Payoff: Your body will be hydrated, your thirst and appetite quenched, and you'll have dodged hundreds of sugar-loaded calories.
Be silly. Anton Chekhov said,
"Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life." Ride a tricycle backwards, talk to the dog in Klingon, or scare your family by running for no reason! Joy happens when we let down our guard.
Why only five ideas on our New Year's list? I didn't want to overwhelm you. Try taking on one at a time. If it's hard to get motivated, throw in a reward. "After I clean the garage, I'll play video games with the kids."
Remember: The resolutions we keep are the ones that make us feel good. I hope you have a feel good year!
For people suffering from dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease, activities can be critically important. Success with activities means pride, amusement, staying engaged with life and people, and even remembering bits and pieces of identity.
Although dementia and Alzheimer’s are different, there is substantial overlap between them. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association states that 50-80 percent of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s. Whatever the source of your loved one's dementia, take these tips about activities to play with someone with Alzheimer's and make them work for your situation.
Holiday shopping can be a challenge under the best circumstances, but when you're shopping for someone with a chronic illness, finding the right gift can feel impossible. Don't let your frustration get you down! It's easier to spread love and cheer than you think. Here are some awesome gift ideas for people with serious medical issues:
Sunday, September 13, 2015 is National Grandparents Day—a day to honor beloved grandmas and grandpas in the United States. This special day provides children and loved ones the opportunity to show their appreciation for the love, strength, and guidance grandparents give every day. N-Style ID strives to focus on the senior community with a variety of medical id options to help keep seniors safe. Continue reading
Hemophilia is a hereditary, lifelong bleeding disorder that can result in prolonged bleeding into muscles or joints. It typically produces problems with blood clotting, and may cause hemophiliacs to bleed longer than normal, even with minor injuries. Here are 10 things you need to know about the disease and its effects on those who have it.
1. Hemophilia is very rare, and is more prevalent in males than females. Continue reading
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