Each year we resolve to save money, eat better, work out more, try harder to stay in touch with friends, and the list goes on. Usually New Year’s Eve brings about a time of reflection that forces us to take a good hard look at how we spent the last 364 days and decide what we could have done differently or more often. It’s no secret that donating blood is a wonderful way to give back and feel good about yourself in the process, but we gathered together some other ways you could feel better, look better and overall BE a better you in 2014. Happy New Year!
1. Incentivize your workouts. If the holidays brought you new tech toys, then you’re already one step ahead (pun intended). Download Netflix, Hulu or HBO GO for shows and movies in your pocket and on the go. Start a new show and only allow yourself to watch it if you are doing something active in the meantime. This could mean biking, running, resistance exercises, crunches, etc. In a recent survey, nearly half (45 percent) of respondents agreed they would be more motivated to exercise if they had access to their favorite TV shows — on-demand and commercial-free —while working out.
2. Take it one step at a time, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. However you resolve to diet, incorporate more vegetables or take a daily multivitamin, you are more likely to stick to your resolutions longterm if you don’t try to attempt everything at once. Small changes to your diet overtime won’t be as intimidating and inconvenient. If you want to take vitamins or drink more water, start with a couple days a week of conscious change. That way you won’t feel so overwhelmed and burn out a month later.
3. Reevaluate mid year. Making resolutions shouldn’t be a one-day thing. Set reminders on your phone or on your calendar to check in with yourself. If you decided to keep in touch with friends more but the first few months ended up being busier than you expected, don’t give up just yet. Hearing from a old friend is just as meaningful in the summer as it is on January 2. If you vowed to lose 20 lbs but you’ve only lost 5, don’t stress. Just reevaluate your goal and ease up on yourself. You always have another year!
4. Try to find other ways to give back. You already give back in one of the biggest ways possible, saving lives, so for that we thank you. But even the Carter BloodCare family looks for other opportunities to support charities and nonprofits. Think about taking a day to work at the food bank or volunteer to hand out water at a run – it’s a great way to meet people, have fun and feel great about yourself! Paying it forward truly knows no limits.
If you feel inspired and would like to start your year by donating to Carter BloodCare, call 1800-DONATE-4 to make an appointment or schedule one here today. Happy New Year!