Taking Care of Mind, Body and Spirit in the New Year
The beginning of the year is a great time to set goals for the next 12 months. Resolutions to support our minds and spirits can be just as valuable as vows to improve our physical health. Use the following tips to give all three areas a little extra TLC in 2012.
Just like a muscle in your body, you mind needs a good workout to stay strong. There are plenty of fun ways to keep your brain sharp and stave off forgetfulness. Try reading a section of the newspaper that you normally forego, or tackle a weekly (or daily!) crossword or Sudoku puzzle. And if you’d like to get the whole family involved, create scavenger hunts with brain teaser clues. Even small children can get their mental muscles working with a game of Eye Spy or a picture puzzle.
When it’s time to get in shape, it can be hard to know where to start. While you may be tempted to train like a championship boxer, small steps are usually the best way to shift to healthier habits. For some people, that may mean taking a daily walk. For others, cutting out sugary drinks may be a great first step. Regardless of your first step, consider bringing a friend or family member along for the ride. This is a great way to stick to your resolutions while nurturing your spirit as you develop deeper personal connections. If you’re not yet a member of YMCA of the Suncoast, now is a great time to take care of both body and spirit by taking advantage of our No Join Fee offer, which expires at the end of January.
Now is the time to nourish the part of you that often gets pushed aside by the daily to-do list. Find time for the class, hobby or quiet moment you’ve been craving. To get started, clear your mind and take care of your body at a YMCA yoga class. Or do something for others by volunteering for a cause that’s meaningful to you.
The beginning of a new year is a great time for a fresh start. Take this opportunity to revitalize mind, body and spirit in 2012.