Today’s Editorial December 29: Resolve to resolve

Can’t get a grip on your New Year’s resolutions just yet?

Get busy, because 2005 is almost over and 2006 is right around the corner.

Need some ideas?

Keep reading.

For starters, promise to spend more time with family and friends in the upcoming New Year; these are the people who know you best and still love you.

Concentrate on valuing the important things in life – love friendship and family.

We can all vow to set a good example for the young people of the Cayman Islands.

As you concentrate on others, take a personal look at yourself and promise to lose some of that weight.

If you are supposed to be on a diet, think of it positively and as a nutritional programme, and stick to it.

Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss programme.

Many of us in the Cayman Islands are overweight and also plagued with diabetes. Vowing to and sticking with a plan to lose weight can only make you feel better and give you more time on Earth for your family and friends.

Another popular resolution is to quit smoking.

If you’ve tried it before and failed, don’t get discouraged. On average smokers try about four time before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life.

Quit drinking.

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally quit drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey, but do much better when they gradually taper off or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available, right here in the Cayman Islands.

Help others. Many agencies and organizations in Cayman depend heavily on volunteers. All you have to do is look in the Community Calendar of the Caymanian Compass each Tuesday and Thursday to discover which organizations are in need of help and which are offering assistance.

Learn something new in the New Year.

Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest and most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Challenge your mind in the coming year and your horizons will expand.

And last, but not by any means least, get organized. Organize your desk at the office, your files and your closet at home. Organize everything. Life will flow much more easily if you do.

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