It's that time of the year again when many of us are deciding which New Year's resolutions to set ourselves for 2020. Will it be the generic goal of joining a gym, or something a bit different this year?
To help you with some inspiration, we have put together our 'Top 5' favourite New Year's resolutions below.
Top 5 New Years Resolutions for 2020
1. Keep in touch with older members of the family -
Do you have an older relative who you haven't spoken to or visited in a while? Don't be a stranger - give them a phone call for a catch up to see how they are. Older people don't always have a lot of social interaction which can lead to loneliness & isolation so a phone call or a visit could be very well received.
Here are some ways you can keep in touch with older relatives:
- Send them a hand-written letter
- Pick up the phone and give them a call
- Pop in for a surprise visit (providing they're good with surprises!)
2. Give back by volunteering -
Many of us have thought about what we can do to help others, but let's make 2020 the year that we take action. There are countless volunteering opportunities available & charities are always looking for people who are willing to give up their time to help. Whether you would like to volunteer abroad or within your local community, your help will always be received with gratitude. Why not volunteer in something that you are particularly passionate about such as helping people with dementia by volunteering at a dementia cafe, or helping homeless people by volunteering at a homeless shelter.
You can find volunteering opportunities on the following websites:
Volunteering abroad -
Volunteering locally -
3. Perform random acts of kindness
"When words are both true and kind, they can change the world" - Buddha
The simple act of kindness is easy & free to give yet is worth so much to whoever is receiving it. Kindness can be displayed in many ways and the best thing about it is that it makes both parties feel good.
Here are some examples of random acts of kindness:
- Offer to wash your neighbours car
- Give someone a compliment
- Do some baking for a local care home
4. Prioritise health
Health is a major contributor to our well-being. A healthy body & a healthy mind = a happy person. Let's prioritise both our mental and physical health this year to ensure that we are living our lives to the full.
There are so many health-related targets that you could set yourself but here are some ideas:
- Drink more water & less alcohol
- Get at least 7 hours sleep a night
- Join a weekly exercise class
5. Be thankful
Even though it can feel like the world is against us sometimes, there is always something to be thankful for. As Pollyanna says in Eleanor H. Porter's novel, "There is something about everything that you can be glad about if you keep hunting long enough to find it." Make it your goal this year to be thankful for the things in your life and the people around you and reap the benefits that it brings.
Here are some things that we can be thankful for:
- Family & friends
- Having a home
- Clean drinking water
The TrustedCare Team's New Year's resolutions:
"I have decided to make sure I dedicate more time to doing things I enjoy. I have lots of hobbies (especially craft related), and I quite often put them to one side to do other things .. but now I'm dedicating at least 2 hrs a week just to focus on what I want to do (even if it's just read a book or watch TV I want to watch! )"
Kelly - Care Adviser & Support
"I want to get back into meditating every day and also volunteer once a month whether that be with animals or the elderly."
Melissa - Care Adviser Lead
"Lose the Christmas weight to fit into my wedding suit!"
Mark - CEO & Founder
"This year, I would like to make it my ambition to make more time for visiting older family members."
Naomi - Marketing Assistant