By Lauren Simmons and Tom Sheppard
We did it! We made it through 2020, and a new year has finally come. The beginning of the year is traditionally a time for resolutions, to set new goals, and form new habits. Given the last nine months, we think it might be time to go back to the basics. I often hear people say that they are going to make changes “one day.” Let’s turn it around and make those changes on DAY ONE.
Think SMART when making your resolutions. The SMART tool for meeting a resolution helps in doing the things needed to better our Parkinson’s lives. Here are some tips for setting yourself up for success:
Make your resolution SPECIFIC instead of general:
General: “I’m going to be more social.”
SPECIFIC: “I’m going to call a friend two times a week.”
Answer your what, when, why, who, and where questions.
Make it MEASURABLE. The result has to be measured.
How do you keep track of your progress and know you have arrived?
Make your goal ACHIEVABLE. Working up to walking a few miles a day may be more attainable than planning to run a marathon by June. If you are already exercising, think about what you can do to step it up a notch. Think realistically about what your situation is right now, and then challenge yourself.
Is it RELEVANT? As a person with Parkinson’s, what is relevant to maintaining our best health? What is important to you, and is this the right time?
TIME: set an “I did it” date.
Make a schedule. A schedule will help you make that target date. Are you planning to exercise three times a week? Choose the days and times and put them on your calendar. Want to learn a new skill? Mark off time on your calendar specifically for that activity.
START MOVING – IT’S DAY ONE