The new year is a great time to set goals, make changes, and improve on your life and the world around you! At Veterans Place, we have put together some resolutions for veterans to consider for 2022.
Whether you want to get healthier, get a promotion, grow stronger relationships, be happier, etc., you need to figure out what is motivating you to reach these goals.
For example, if you plan to exercise more in the new year, but have a hard time staying motivated, consider making an investment in your exercise efforts. Visit your local sporting goods store and buy a new set of weights or new workout clothing. This can help you get motivated to try out your new equipment or show off your new clothing while working out.
You could also make a list of benefits that exercise will have in your life. Maybe it will give you more energy to keep up with your children or will help you regain confidence in yourself. Having a list of benefits can help you stay motivated as well.
As a veteran, health and fitness have always been at the center of your daily routine. But as the years pass, it can be easy to get out of the military fitness groove as you transition into civilian life. Take notes from your basic training days and make a resolution to get back into a healthy routine.
While you don’t have to train as intensely as you did during your service, you can start with a small, effective exercise routine to help you get moving. Start with a brisk walk 15 to 20 minutes a day and work up from there.
The best way to stay consistent with exercise is to set small, realistic goals. This gives you something attainable to achieve and helps you build stamina and confidence as you move forward. Join a gym, partner with a friend, or find a fitness class you like. No matter how you do it, make sure it is something you enjoy!
While not everyone has the means to save money, there are ways that you can take your dollar further. One way to save is to clip coupons for household and grocery items. You can get coupons from your local daily paper as well as online for just about any product.
Coupons could help you save thousands of dollars a year, so set a goal to use more coupons this new year!
Another great way to help improve your finances is to establish a budget. This can be done by analyzing your income, investments, and expenses. Take a good look at what you are spending on utilities, groceries, dining out, etc. You may be able to find some areas that you can save, such as canceling subscriptions you no longer use. Websites such as Mint.com can help you with budgeting.
For veterans suffering from PTSD, it can be difficult for them to find happiness. If you are a veteran struggling with mental illness or you know a veteran who is, it is crucial to get help or help them acquire the help they need. Seeking help for mental illness can be intimidating, but resolve this year to help yourself or others who may be struggling.
Veterans can utilize resources such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This is a free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service for veterans who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorders.
Consider making a resolution to give back to Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard. You can do this by making a donation to support the services that Veterans Place provides, such as housing, employment services, clothing, food, transportation, financial assistance, and more!
Donate today or contact us to learn more about how you can get involved in our mission to end homelessness among veterans in Pittsburgh.