Resolutions … smesolutions. While I don’t really get into the whole thing, I decided to read about making New Year’s resolutions.
After employing the assistance of Google, I found an article on Good Housekeeping that caught my eye, “35 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living: Boost your energy and stress less.”
I shouldn’t have clicked. But I did — I was lured by the promise of more energy and less stress. The last time I referenced an article in a column, it seemed to ruffle the feathers of the author (but really, 19 step-by-step instructions on the best way to carve a turkey). So, Kate Rockwood, if you’re reading this, please know I mean no disrespect with my random musings.
First of all, 35 things to read, evaluate and consider incorporating into my life is way too much. Aside from the attention deficit issue, I would assume that to consider these behavior changes as part of a New Year’s resolution, at the very latest I should at least begin tackling them before January is over.
I laughed at No. 7: “Do one thing at a time.” If only. Seriously, the very nature of my job doesn’t allow this. Then I got to No. 14, which suggests I listen to an audiobook while working out. That, my friends, doesn’t seem to be very congruent with what Ms. Rockwood said about staying focused on one thing.
And then there’s a downright crazy suggestion that I could replace caffeine with climbing stairs for 10 minutes. Evidently, some scientific survey in the Physiology & Behavior journal determined it’s of greater benefit for sleep-deprived women than the energy boost from a can of pop or half a cup of coffee. Whatever!
OK, to refrain from appearing too cynical, I did find a few tips that are appealing. While it was relegated to No. 28 on Rockwood’s list, I’m looking forward to starting the year on the right foot by shopping for a new pair of shoes.
Although, No. 18 might not garner the same amount of enthusiasm from my husband, it spoke to me: “Delegate more chores.” And, I figured if planning a vacation leads to healthier and happier living, why not get triple the benefit. I already submitted three different time off requests.
In addition, I have found the suggestion of playing upbeat music when engaged in activities to be beneficial. Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” led to the perfect soufflé. Oh, who am I kidding, it was more like “Mama Kin” in the kitchen — or more accurately, “Dream on, dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true.”
——— Tammy Malgesini is the community editor. Her column, Inside my shoes, includes general musings about life. Contact her at email@example.com or 541-564-4539.