New Year’s Resolution Ideas Suitable for the Chronically Ill 

Having a chronic illness not only abuses your body, but really slows you down in all aspects. You are constantly hurting and dragging your feet to get things done in your life. The world runs on goals. Whether your goal is to accomplish a marathon, or for some people their goal is to just get out of bed and go to work. Goals are a great way to push yourself and reach a high expectation. It is common to set goals for yourself when starting the New Year to push for a better you. Here is a list of ideas for New Year’s resolutions suitable for the chronically ill.

  • Eating a healthier diet and adding more nutrients – food is medicine.
  • Find ways you can help give back to others. (Charities, soup kitchen, $ donations, etc..)
  • Enjoying the little things in life more, after a chronic illness you know the little things are important. 
  • Focus on you, working on your health and finding a new normal life with your illness.
  • Don’t make unattainable goals. 
  • Do more things that make you happy. 
  • Figuring out your new limits with your illness of what you can or can’t do.
  • Focus on the people who have always been there for you through dark times.
  • Cut out soda and junk food.
  • Treat yourself every once in a while, you deserve it after all you’ve been through.
  • Have more patience. 
  • Do light exercise and stretching (To keep those joints loose and not stiff.) *Discuss with Dr*
  • Learning how to manage your illness.
  • Drink more water.
  • Use tools to stay more organized with doctors appointments. Be more in charge of appointment.  (Use a calendar, create a symptoms book, and have a list of medications ready for your visit.) 
  • Focus on getting more sleep. Your body can’t heal without sleep.
  • Stress less and find ways to relieve stress (yoga, meditation, massage…etc)
  • Working on accepting your illness.
  • When with love ones, friends, or company put away your phone, be in the now. 
  • Make more memories that are unforgettable, live life to the fullest.

It is common to set goals for yourself when starting the New Year to push yourself to become a better and stronger person. With a chronic illness it’s important to set goals for yourself to accomplish tasks and feel proud of yourself for completing them. In the New Year strive to spread love, stay strong, and remain positive! ❤

Cheers to a Healthy and Happy New Year! ❤



 *DISCLAIMER* this blog is not here to treat or diagnose. Please don’t go against your doctor’s orders. Follow your doctor’s plan. These are just tips to hopefully help you reach your goals!

92 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution Ideas Suitable for the Chronically Ill ”

  1. First i will make myself healthy and second i will try to give a smile on other faces everyday. At least for one person every day

  2. Good advice for living, certainly. I have found the journey is cyclical as I climb the mountain. Some parts are in shadow whilst others are more lit. The important thing for me is to stay centered no matter what. Wishing you joy and happiness in the new year.

  3. Good suggestions for living, certainly. I have found that my journey up the mountain is cyclical. Some parts are in shadow whilst others are more lit. The important thing, I have found, is to stay centered no matter what. Trying times bring whatever is inside to the surface. My goal is to be full of goodness that is a blessing to all. Wishing you joy and happiness in the new year.

  4. Some great ideas! There can be so much pressure with NY that sometimes we have to remind ourselves that our goals and ideas may need to be tweaked given our situations and the illness(es) we deal with. I’ll be taking on board a few of these..I know I should also drink less Pepsi Max but I don’t know if I can give that one up just yet!
    Wishing you all the very best for a positive, healthier and happier 2018! 🙂
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you so much! You’re exactly right. There’s so much pressure to set all these crazy goals when some are high reaching. I’m so glad you can use a few! Happy New Year and best wishes!!!

  5. Thanks, these are a really great list of resolutions that are practical and with a bit of work and perseverance are completely achievable!! It’s been great finding your blog and connecting with you and wishing you a very Happy New Year and hoping 2018 is a great year for you! Be looking forward to reading more from you in the new year!

    Rhiann xx

    1. Thank you so much!! That means a lot! I’m so glad I found your blog, you’re a great writer and I can’t wait to read more from you!! Happy New Year and best wishes!!!

  6. What a great post! Thanks so much for sharing all your helpful, thoughtful, compassionate contributions throughout the past year. Your honest, yet positive attitude in the face of your own personal difficulties is an inspiration to many, including myself.
    Wishing you a very happy & healthy 2018 and beyond!

  7. Happy New Year! I love your blog. These are great ideas for anyone. I think the biggest one is making sure we set goals that are attainable, being realistic. It’s difficult to accept what we can’t do. I know it’s hard for me sometimes. Thanks again for the post! 🎆😀

    1. Thank you so much!!! Thank you for reading!! I am the same way, I’m starting to realize my limits! I hope you have a great and health new year!! Best wishes!!!

  8. These are such great ideas. I like your suggestions of moderation and self-care. I tend to aim high, fail that high goal, then be hard on myself.

  9. What a great blog post…great ideas!!!…
    Thanks for sharing …
    I am sure that I will use some of these to write my list…I didn’t have one for 2017 lol…

      1. I am used to my to do list lol but never made a New Years one…so again thank you…I took some off your list and added to mine heheh…
        Huggggs n ♥
        Suzette
        Hope that you are having a wonderful day hun…

  10. The beautiful thing about this list is how universal most of its elements are: we should all eat better, exercise and relax more (I love a good paradox), get more sleep, appreciate the journey, and so forth…

    Thank you…and Happy New Year (53 minutes, and counting, here in US-EST)!

  11. What a wonderful list, and not only for the chronically ill. Many of your suggested goals can be applied to anyone. You are an inspiration, and will continue to be a bright Light in this new year.

      1. El 3 ene. 2018 14:55, “Life with an Illness” escribió:

        Lifewithanillness commented: “Thank you so much! I hope you have a great year ahead as well! [image: 😊]”

  12. Some great ideas! I’ve not made a NYR for 30 or more years, but from this point on I will make an exception: to reduce the amount of plastic I buy/use and to be more ‘earth conscious.’

  13. Laughter , Love and Hope.

    A great ever peace be yours for this year 2018.

    May all of us DEEPLY LOVE each other for good.

  14. I’m with you. I have Multiple Sclerosis. So many of our suggestions make sense. I already follow many of them. Good Luck for the New Year!!

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