HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!
I wanted to begin this new year with some positive ideas for “staying vital” after such a stressful, depressing year. These 10 ideas came from an AARP article titled “Life Lessons From the Queen.” Her concepts will begin our new journey into 2021 on the right track.
- Recharge your willpower. Willpower is akin to a battery that requires routine charging. It helps develop self-control. Take time daily for a quiet break.
- Stick to a schedule. Queen Elizabeth calms her mind by following a strict daily regimen, ending each day by writing in her journal.
- Develop your sense of purpose. Live for something larger than yourself. Studies show having a dedicated cause helps immunity and reduces one’s risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Serve others. Giving of yourself to good causes can help put your own worries into perspective.
- Sweeten the self-talk. So-called purposeful repressors – people who consciously dial down negative mind chatter – benefit from a kind of psychological armor. The trouble with gloom is that it feeds upon itself.
- Brush aside vanity. The queen practices what behavioral psychologists call self-distancing. In spite of her royalty and fame, she can remain detached and somewhat amused as a spectator to the stories printed about her.
- Never stop playing! Taking time to play in a beloved activity keeps muscles active and the mind agile. It should be a daily routine to engage in something you love to do.
- Keep the faith. Whatever worries the world throws at her feet, the queen believes there is a higher throne on which to lay them. She attends church and prays regularly.
- Be open to change. Change has become a constant, especially this past year. The way we embrace it defines our future. Never stop learning and adapting.
- Cherish your crowning years. There is a scientific phenomenon known as the U-bend of life – the discovery that the world’s happiest people tend to be those who are in their 80’s and beyond. Growing older is a gift that many never get, so never be anxious about getting older.