The Bridgeway View

Editor Cory Storch, CEO

Submitted by Lisa Giannascoli, Director of Marketing and Development; Special thanks to Jennifer Tencza Picinic, Bridgeway Sussex CST

If you have ever set a goal and achieved it, you know first hand how beneficial it is to set a goal, make a plan for achieving it, and follow the plan to success. Setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life.

Goals also help align your focus and promote a sense of self-mastery. In the end, you can’t manage what you don’t measure and you can’t improve upon something that you don’t properly manage. Setting goals can help you do all of that and more.

Making a resolution, setting a personal goal, has become a tradition at the start of a new year.

The truth is that some goals are achieved while others are not. It’s important to understand why. How many times have you set a personal goal, for example ‘I am going to change my unhealthy eating habits and lose 20 pounds this year’ only to give up after a few days! Chances are, while you dreamed of being healthier and thinner, you probably needed a plan.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, early 20th century author of  The Little Prince, is credited with the following quote “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” What he was actually teaching us is to set a goal and make a plan for how you will reach your goal.

Here are five tips for achieving your goals in 2020:

1.    Be Realistic

The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable.

2.    Plan Ahead

Don’t make a resolution on New Year’s Eve. Instead, make a plan well in advance and choose a start date based on being ready to commit to the plan.

3.    Practice Mindfulness

Check-in with yourself often. Decide how you will deal with distractions and temptations to give up. Practice positive thinking and self-talk, reminding yourself why your goal is important.

4.    Track Your Progress

Set benchmarks that are easy to achieve and track. Celebrating each small accomplishment along the

way will help keep you motivated. Keep a journal.

5.    Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

January 2nd, 2020

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A Message to the Bridgeway Family

Submitted by Regional Director, Dave D’Antonio MA, LCADC, CCS, CCDP-D

The Holiday Season means joy, happiness, and celebration for most. There are many around us, though, who experience deepened feelings of loneliness and isolation during this time of year. There is no greater pain for a human being than that of being alone.

Loneliness and isolation pose a greater health risk than smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and the side effects of medication.

It is for these reasons that we want to be sure to reach out to those around us who may be lonely or isolated.

Loneliness is not reserved only to the people we serve but also to our friends, neighbors, family and community. Anyone can be a victim of loneliness and isolation. Please check in with the people you serve, elderly family members, the person you see in the hospital who never seems to have visitors, neighbors, and be sure they are OK. Even a brief five minute conversation can make a world of difference to a person experiencing loneliness. Remember it is not always the quiet person who is lonely. Many people, including our coworkers or neighbors who may appear to be social, can experience feeling of loneliness and isolation.

If you have thought about calling someone to say hi, or you think a person served needs a little extra attention, or your coworker seems a little down, don’t walk on by, do something. You and the person you reach out to will be rewarded by your action.

Health Risks Associated With Loneliness

Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental heath, including:

  • Depression and suicide
  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Increased stress levels
  • Decreased memory and learning
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Poor decision-making
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • The progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Altered brain function

November 21st, 2019

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