New Year's Resolutions, Make Them a Reality (cont.)
"Tracking makes you more accountable for your actions," Moore says. "You're more likely to follow through."
New Year's Resolution No. 2: Bond With Kids
Take a good look at your kids: Would you recognize them in a lineup? If life's so chaotic you're rarely together, that needs to change. Nadine Kaslow, MD, a professor at Emory University School of Medicine and chief psychologist for Grady Health System in Atlanta, offers advice:
Don't overwhelm the kids with all this at once. Baby steps, remember, for these New Year's resolutions. Get reacquainted with your kids gradually, one step at a time. But make sure fun is a top priority, Kaslow says.
New Year's Resolution No 3: Reduce Stress
Try not to obsess over things you have no control over, such as the economy, Iraq, or terrorism, advises David Baron, MD, chairman of psychiatry at Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also says:
Also, as often as possible, get a good night's sleep, says Baron. Sufficient sleep has a powerful affect on emotional health and well-being.
New Year's Resolution No. 4: Work on Health
Regular checkups, exercise, relaxation, healthy eating -- they all factor into good body maintenance. Checkups get especially important as you get older. Here are tips from Sharon Horesh, MD, an internist with the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta: