As we start the new year, let’s not just think about resolutions as a list. Identifying both goals and intentions will make for a happier and healthier you.
Goals are specific targets, such as finishing a fitness challenge or learning something new. They give you a plan and a good feeling when you achieve them.
Intentions are more about how you want to live your life. It’s like deciding to be positive, enjoy each day, or take care of yourself.
Paired, they give you the why and the how for living a more intentional life.
What to Think About for 2024
Goals: Think about what you want to achieve, like getting healthier, doing well at work, or spending more time with loved ones. Make sure your goals are doable and break them into smaller steps.
Intentions: Consider how you want to approach the year. Maybe focus on staying cheerful, being present in daily activities, or finding balance in your life.
For someone dealing with cancer, goals might be about finishing treatment, managing symptoms or learning about their cancer. Intentions could include prioritizing self-care and doing things that make them happy.
In cancer support, things like Bag It Cancer can help. The Bag It Cancer Bag gives tools and information for goals, and it also shows support and helps with feelings—a bit like a friendly companion.
Balancing goals and intentions is like having a plan and a positive mindset, making life better overall. It’s a great way to start the new year with a focus on feeling good and growing.
Resource To Help You Get Started
Read this article on self-awareness and setting intentions from Psychology Today.
Did you know…
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancer) among men? About 1 in 8 men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis during their lifetime, with higher rates among Black and African American men.
Like most cancers, usually the earlier prostate cancer is caught, the better the chances of staying disease-free. Screenings are important because you may not have any symptoms.
When to start prostate cancer screening is a personal decision that should be made after talking with your doctor. They will assess factors such as your age, race, medical and family history, additional risk factors and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Together, you’ll discuss the pros and cons of screening.
The good news is that the vast majority of prostate cancers are found just within the prostate (local) or the region near it (regional), when active surveillance or immediate treatment has a very high success rate.
Developed for men with early-stage prostate cancer, we launched a new Prostate Cancer Bag It Bag to arm you and your partner with helpful tools and reliable information to make decisions and self-advocate during your prostate cancer journey.
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KGUN 9 News Anchor and Reporter Pat Parris Interviews colon cancer survivor Ingrid Jacobs and Bag It Cancer’s Executive Director Mindy Griffith about the impact the resources in the Bag It Bag have had on cancer patients. Every month KGUN 9 features a local nonprofit for our Giving Project and Bag It is their charity for the month of February, 2023.
We invite you to make a donation to Bag It at KGUN 9’s Giving Project page. Their partners in the Giving Project, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, will match the first $500 in donations.
Watch and read this wonderful story about our organization.