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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for People Living with a Disability

How many people have already asked you, “What’s your 2020 resolution?” Perhaps this question is starting to annoy you because you don’t actually have one, or maybe you love this question because you really want to talk about it! It’s 2020 and it seems that because it’s the start of a new decade, it’s more important to set a resolution this year and actually stick to it. Some people say new year’s resolutions are a waste of time because if you want to change a habit in your life, you can start any day of the year. Others can be really motivated to use the 1st of January as the perfect time to make a refreshing change in your life. Would you like to make a positive change in your life but not sure what to do exactly or where to start? We asked our blogger Alice Waterman for some goal ideas, she is one inspiring young woman who doesn’t let her disability get in the way of setting achievable goals.

  1. TIP: Make your goal easy enough so that you can get done.
    It’s really important you set a goal that YOU think can actually be achievable if you put your mind to it. Sometimes a lot of people might tell you that you can’t do something, well, as a matter of fact you can if you feel really passionate about it. Just be true to yourself and set a goal that’s easy but also makes you excited about it!

  2. GOAL IDEA: I would like to get fit.
    Maybe your goal can be to get fit (this is always a good goal to go with)… and no matter what type of body you have everyone can learn to get fitter, stronger and healthier. You can go to the gym with some friends who will motivate you, you could do wheelchair yoga or ask your occupational therapist (if you have one) for some new exercise ideas. Or maybe you want to walk more around your community by either taking your dog or take a friend or even take part in a walking group.Also, always be mindful with what food you’re putting into your belly as good healthy food will make you feel good too!

  3. GOAL IDEA: I would like to meet new people in my community.
    Loneliness can really bring people down and if you think you need to connect with more people, making a goal to meet new people is a good idea. You can do this by checking out what groups your local council has, or join community groups on Meetup. You could find a games group because you love playing games. Or maybe you want to find a reading group because you love reading books. Just Google “reading groups” and you’ll be amazed to see what you can find. It can be scary to get out and meet people for the first time, but chances are that if you’re going to a group with something you’re interested in, you’ll always have something to connect on. Also have a look on which positive Facebook groups are out there, that’s a fun and easy way to connect with people online.

  4. GOAL IDEA: I would like to feel happier.
    We all want to feel happy right? Well, one of the easiest ways to do this is simply by changing the way you think. Think happy thoughts! There is always a positive in everything, you just have to dig deeper to find it.

  5. GOAL IDEA: I would like to travel more.
    Don’t let your disability or your wheelchair stop you from traveling. There is always somewhere to go, even if it’s just an hour away from home. Have a look for some really fun accessible destinations on The Good Scout.
    Or take a look at Ben Everson for inspiration, he’s just travelled around Europe for 6 months in his wheelchair!

  6. GOAL IDEA: I would like to learn a new language.
    Learning a new language will strengthen your brain and can even prevent dementia when you’re older. You can try to learn a new language by going to a language school or downloading the Duolingo app.

  7. GOAL IDEA: I would like to learn to cook food from different countries.
    Maybe you want to learn how to cook meals from different countries? You can do this by going to a cooking school. Check out Sprout cooking school on Henley Beach Road for example.

  8. GOAL IDEA: I would like to adopt a pet!
    Pets can provide you with wonderful company and can make you feel happier. Maybe you want save a dog or cat from people who didn’t want them. Why not pay a visit to the RSPCA and check out all the cute animals! Or if you're just after some animal loving, find out what local animal farms are in your area.

  9. GOAL IDEA: I would like to learn more about my family history.
    Maybe you want to find out about your family history and find out where you came from? You can do this by speaking to your parents or grandparents and even creating an account on Ancestry.

For my final point I would like to say that you should try out new things and always strive to learn something new to improve yourself and mental wellbeing. You never know what you might discover and you’ll realise how good it feels to set and achieve a new goal.

Thank you for reading and good luck with your goals!
By Alice Waterman, resident at Briarholm.


If you're a South Australian living with a disability and would like to set meaningful goals this year, whether it be from jumping out of a plane to spending more time with your family, SACARE's THRIVE team can help you get there! Check out our THRIVE page for more information, download our brochure here or email