Everyone starts the new year with a new resolution and goals, right? But how often do those resolutions and goals actually get achieved?
Some studies show that 80% of Americans fail their goals and resolutions by February. And only 8% of Americans reach their goals and resolutions by the end of the year.
We all sit down on January 1st and we think about what we want to accomplish in the new fresh year to come. We want to lose weight, we want to work out more, eat healthier, or maybe write a book.
The first couple of days we are excited and stick to it like our life depends on it. Then the next few weeks we start to make excuses as to why we can’t work out today, or why we didn’t write that chapter of the book we want to finish.
Give it a couple of months and we’ve forgotten about the resolution and goal altogether.
Now how often are our goals in line with our mental health? Most goals and resolutions are trying to accomplish something big, or may even be a little superficial.
We rarely make resolutions that involve our mental well-being and health. And I think that mental health goals are one of the most important.
We should be working on how to expand our minds, be better people and live happier lives.
I am here to help you figure out how to set mental health goals, create the steps to achieve them, and hopefully stick to them and spend the next year bettering yourself inside and out.
How to Set Goals You Will Stick To
Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
I have written a whole other post about S.M.A.R.T. Goals here that you can read. But in a nutshell, you should be creating goals that follow these guidelines.
The goal should be specific so you know exactly what you are trying to go towards, it should be measurable so you know how much you need to do and when. The goal needs to be achievable, don’t set a goal that is way out of range. It should be relevant to what you want and need in life right now. And the goal should be timely, it should be something you can achieve in a set amount of reasonable time, not something that will take years and years to achieve.
Don’t get me wrong, you can have a giant goal of becoming CEO of whatever business you want, but you should start with smaller more attainable goals along the way that gets you to the big one.
Now that you know what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is, I want you to sit down and brainstorm the things that you want to achieve with your mental health.
Do you want to journal more, go for more walks in nature, or practice more gratitude?
Whatever it is, you should take time to really make sure these mental health goals are something you know you can achieve and that you actually WANT to achieve. Don’t make goals that you have no desire to accomplish.
Go grab my free S.M.A.R.T. Goals worksheet from my other blog post and start filling it out for each mental health goal you want to accomplish.
Create steps that will help you achieve the goal, schedule the tasks in your planner so you remember to do them.
7 Mental Health Goals to Achieve in The New Year
- Journal more. There is no doubt that journaling helps with mental health, and I’ve written about it a lot. Make it a goal to journal every week or even every day. Check out my other posts on journaling and follow my Instagram for prompts on what to journal about.
- Get out in nature. We could all use some fresh air and getting out into nature and spending time with your thoughts can really help us gain clarity and a fresh take on life. Make it a goal to go on more walks or drink your morning coffee outside.
- Practice gratitude. Practicing gratitude every day or every week can really help us have a better more positive outlook on life. It gives us the ability to appreciate what we have and love those around us more deeply.
- Eat healthier food. We all know that when we eat junk food and fast food, we end up feeling groggy and heavy afterward. We should be striving to eat healthy and fresh food that gives us the nutrients and the energy we need to achieve our dreams. The healthier foods you eat, the better you will feel physically and mentally.
- Practice self-care. Self-care has been a newer idea that is taking the internet by storm. We are all trying to take the time to care for ourselves with face masks, meditation, alone time, and fruit-infused water. Take some time every week to set aside for yourself that allows you to check-in with where you are right now. Journal about your progress, check in with the mind, and do something you love that brings you joy. Check out this post on self-care to get some more ideas on what to do.
- Spend less time on Social Media. Social media is full of bad news, politics and unrealistic expectations. Instead of scrolling through socials, read a book or a blog article. I also like to curate my social media to only show positive things, it helps to keep me upbeat when I do scroll through socials.
- Let go of things from the past. We all have things that have happened in our lives that we can’t seem to let go of or just haven’t taken the time to process. I suggest journaling on these things and thinking of ways that you can let them go and move forward. Releasing the negative baggage with help you be more positive and feel lighter.
These are only 7 mental health goals that you can work towards, but I encourage you to make up your own as well that fit into what you need right now.
Maybe you’re not a journaling person, or you already eat pretty healthily. Those goals are going to be wasted on you. So, sit down, do some soul searching and make at least one goal for yourself today that is centered around your mental health.
Now that you know how to make S.M.A.R.T. mental health goals and have a few ideas to get you going, I would love to hear from you on what your goals are and what your progress is.
Comment below with your goal or tag me on Twitter and Instagram. I love to hear from you guys and posting about our goals may inspire others around us to create mental health goals for themselves!
I hope you have a wonderful year and look forward to seeing all of you grow!