It’s a few days into the New Year, and how are your resolutions going? It’s early days. Perhaps some of you are still on track, but some of us – those who actually made resolutions – are already goners. Big-scale changes are the first to go, so try some smaller ones. The New York Times has a 30-Day Well Challenge that has myriad small quick things to do to improve exercise, eating, mindfulness and focus. To sign up, inquire at [email protected] or search www.nytimes.com to find it. Or if that idea does not suit, here are four suggestions that found favor among tenants and others on Third Street South.

  • Firstly, instead of vowing in a big and immediate way to simply “eat better” (among the most common resolutions), work to incorporate a single food group or item into your diet. Citrus is in season in the winter months and, with such a bounty of fresh citrus fruits available, a simple means of introducing a food that is local, fresh, and healthy is to buy it or some other healthy choices at the weekly Third Street South Farmer’s Market, which specializes in the best in local and sustainable foods.
  • Secondly, to improve organization of essential appointments (doctors, dentists, other), book all of them for the year, although they may be months ahead. It is easier to reschedule an appointment than to remember to make appointments in the moment while busy with other things.
  • Thirdly, get exercise by making peace with the crowded parking lots and take a spot that is not the closest to your destination. If your appointment is on an upper floor, and the stairs are easily accessible, walk up and down, foregoing the elevator. Your heart rate will thank you.
  • Fourthly, mindfulness is not a new custom, but one that is growing in prominence among Western cultures. Start small, perhaps meditating as little as a minute or two each day, and increase if you feel so inclined. It is surprising how the benefits accrue.

And finally, if at first you don’t succeed, you know what to do: try, try again!