It was this time last year when many of us had hopes for 2022. I don’t know what made us hopeful but I guess we all believed New Year to be a magic wand that could take away all the problems. Unfortunately, 2022 was a really tough year with a lot of silent battles and a lot of uncertainties. It was a year that saw Russia invading Ukraine and the death of UK’s Queen Elizabeth II. It is also a fact that geopolitical tensions and worldwide inflation surges, along with record-breaking heatwaves and economic turmoils, have defined the past 12 months. And, we can’t forget how last year presented us with many challenges that affected our health. From the COVID-19 pandemic to global outbreaks of cholera, Ebola and monkeypox, 2022 was a year that had it all.
However, as we are ushered into a new year, we are hopeful that 2023 will be a better year for public health. In fact, according to Statisca.com, the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2023 are all related to health.
A common New Year’s resolution is to “exercise more” or to “lose weight.” However, this year, in order to stay healthy, people have set up a new resolution: Keep the house clean and tidy!
Make Cleaning a Family Affair
If you are a member of an extended family or if there are many adults and/or children in your house, it’ll be nice if everyone can pitch it and help in cleaning the house.
Sometimes, no matter how much you want to keep your house clean and neat, it’s not easy to juggle between work, kids and cleaning chores. So, if you are tired of doing everything alone, why don’t you include your family as well?
I know it’s not easy to get your spouse and your kids involved in house cleaning. In fact, a friend of mine stopped cleaning the house, thinking that her spouse and kids would take up the task instead. But, apparently, they didn’t mind living like pigs.
The first thing you should do if you want your family to help you with cleaning chores is to stop the nagging and pleading. The second thing you should do is to start providing incentives. For instance, if your kids are asking for more pocket money, put up a chore chart, list all the cleaning chores your kids have to do and then remind them of the fee that would get added to their weekly pocket money. And, trust me, your kids would eagerly jump at this opportunity of earning more pocket money.
And, for all those who are wondering how they could get their husbands to help with housework, click here to learn more!
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Like me, I’m sure many used to think that there’s no concrete purpose in making the bed. Some do it for the aesthetic reason while others do it just because they like their bed tucked in. However, the graduation speech video of Admiral William H. McRaven changed my point of view.
Here’s what the man said:
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you do another task, and another, and another. And, by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.”