Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the calendar has turned to 2013, many people will make lists of Near Year’s resolutions. Some will be kept, while others may be discarded as early as Jan. 2. The most common resolutions may include losing weight, getting a new job or drinking less, but when you’re fighting cancer, priorities tend to change.
Now that the year is fresh, why not focus on resolutions that make more sense for your needs, if you decide to make any at all. Also, think about resolutions that are achievable, because it's always nice to look back at the end of the year and feel great about what you accomplished.
If you or anyone you know is going through cancer treatment in 2013, here are some suggestions for uplifting, achievable New Year’s resolutions.
1. Spend more time with friends and family – This is an easy resolution to follow through on, and one that can make everyone involved happy. Treasure your family and friendships, and spend time doing the things you want to do.
2. Eat healthy foods – Losing weight can be difficult for everyone, and for some going through cancer treatment, it’s the wrong approach altogether. Instead, focus on better eating habits and taking in foods that are healthy and nourishing. Take small steps, like limiting sweets or fattening foods like fries and pizza to once a week. Maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy weight can be important for those going through cancer treatment, so consider speaking with a nutritionist before you begin.
3. Keep moving – Making a resolution to go to the gym every day just isn’t feasible, and for many it’s not fun. Rather than feeling guilty for skipping the gym, focus on adding more movement into your day. Take the stairs, go for walks or participate in sporting activities to keep moving.
4. Beat stress – Stress can have a negative effect on cancer treatment, so focus on staying relaxed and calm as much as possible this year. Try some stress-busting activities like music therapy, Qi gong, Yoga or Pilates.
5. Quit smoking – This resolution is a good one to have on your list whether you’re fighting cancer or not. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. Also, in the U.S. cigarette smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers. Quitting smoking at any time will lower your risk.
6. Stay positive – This may be a hard one from time to time, but in 2013, try to focus on staying positive as much as possible. There are much better ways to spend your time than worrying about things that may be out of your control. Instead, focus on the great things that life can bring, whether that’s new friends, a beautiful painting or a great movie. Whatever makes you happy is what you should be doing this year.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Please let us know, and have a happy and healthy New Year!