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Tips for Building a Healthy Bucket List

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Create a list of things you want to do that you’ll also benefit from. Make this bucket list your healthiest yet!

With the New Year comes a fresh start; a chance to take a moment and think about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. This can range from the things you didn’t get to in 2018 to new experiences you want to try inspired by the 365 days you just lived.

No matter what your driving force is for your 2019 goals, creating a health-minded bucket list will not only help you stay focused on what really matters but can add a sense of meaningfulness to every day of the year. Here are some questions to get you started.

How to Create a Health Bucket List

Where Do You Want to Go?

If you always wanted to travel in your 30s or 40s but found it hard with a young family and a demanding job, take advantage of your current freedom, and make a list of all the places you’d like to visit either solo, or with a partner. Not only will this help you budget your finances, but booking trips and vacations throughout the year will mean you always have something to look forward to, whether it’s a week-long beach getaway or a day trip to a museum.

Who Do You Want to See?

Do you ever catch yourself glancing at your phone or letting your mind wander when you’re with your kids, grandkids, or extended family? Make it a point to be present with family and friends at least once a week, whether that means turning your phone on silent when you’re together or picking up the phone to catch up with someone important in your life that you haven’t spoken to lately. Are there people you want to reconnect with? Even though social media can feel intimidating, it can be a great way to find old friends. If you don’t have any social media accounts, consider asking someone to help you set one up in 2019. You never know who’s been waiting to hear from you!

How Do You Want to Look?

Are there some physical improvements you’ve been wanting to make? Have you been meaning to buy a new wardrobe that truly fits who you are? While it’s completely possible to do these things without spending a lot of money (thanks to workout videos and discount clothing stores like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange), certain aspects of our physical health are worth the investment. For instance, if your dentist has been mentioning making the move to full, partial, or fixed dentures, don’t let the idea (or cost) of the procedure put dentures on the back burner for you. It has been found that having a smile you love (and thus, smiling more) can improve your mood, and when your mood is improved, you may just live longer. With a well-fitting pair of dentures and a product like Poligrip Denture Adhesive Cream, you can talk, eat, and smile without feeling self-conscious.

What Do You Want to Learn?

You’re never too old to learn something new, especially when expanding your mindset and learning a new skill can actually increase brain power. Whether it’s mastering knitting or crochet or learning a new language, take some time this year to try something different. Focusing on a new skill will not only help you avoid that 24/7 news cycle that can sometimes take a toll on mental health, but can help give each day a new sense of accomplishment.

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