When we start the new year many of us start with New Year’s resolutions. However, by the end of the month how realistic were the goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Let’s think about our goals as our GPS. When we use our GPS we enter our starting location where we are, then we enter our destination where we are going. How do we set realistic obtainable goals so that we can get to our end destination? When we don’t set realistic goals we will go off course but have no fear just like your GPS you will be rerouted until you get back on course. It is good to set goals that you can accomplish as opposed to the ones you wish you could accomplish. The biggest achievement is the goals that you can achieve. So, let’s talk about how we can set some goals with self- care that will help determine your success.
One of my goals was to pursue my master’s degree in social work and eventually becoming a clinical licensed social worker. I started off knowing that I would have to juggle many aspects of my life. I set some goals on what I wanted to accomplish daily, weekly, and monthly with completing school assignments, preparing for my internship, working full time, and being available for my family. After many nights of falling asleep with the computer on the bed, books on the floor, losing the concept of days and time, not eating, and barely waking up enough time for work. I soon realize my goals where not realistic in what I was trying to accomplish in a day. Not only was I unable to fulfill some of my school and work obligations, but I also did not leave time for myself. Setting a goal of working a school assignments two to three days before the due date, planning for an internship in the summertime, and leaving time for myself and my family at the end of the day were goals that I begin to set after realizing my goals I originally set where not realistic. Only after the mental health of my mind became overloaded by too many tasks. After all, we still have to take care of our mental health which is a big part of self-care.
Bubble baths, journaling are all great attributes of self-care but getting into a good work out routine for myself was a great way for me to care for myself. According to the National Institute of Health, “aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, and dancing, have been proved to reduce anxiety and depression”. “These improvements in mood are proposed to be caused by exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain and by an influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and, thus, on the physiologic reactivity to stress”.
The other benefits of setting realistic goals with self care are:
Increased interest in sex
Improvement in mood
Increased energy and stamina
Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness
Setting goals that are realistic is about finding out what you want to achieve, and then commit to it.
Fall in love with taking care of your yourself. Mind, Body & Spirit.