Although there’s a lot going on in our lives these days, it’s important to make time and space for wellness. A great way to start taking care of yourself to feel your best is by setting goals to help keep you on track. Goals can be big or small, and work best when they are specially designed to suit your lifestyle. Here’s how to set wellness goals to help you feel happier and healthier — and how to reach them, too!
Identify Your Values
What matters to you? What’s your purpose in choosing goals? Questions like these are worth asking yourself before you start deciding on implementing specific goals. Be sure that setting goals gives you a sense of satisfaction, not because of any external messages telling you that you should do it.
If possible, connect your goal to an outcome that will improve your life so that you stay motivated to achieve it. For example, if you’d like to be more mindful in your day-to-day, your goal could be to meditate every morning. The outcome then might be that you are better able to focus on your work, or be more present in social situations.
Remember There Are Many Aspects to Wellness
When we think of wellness, we often think of physical health first and foremost. In recent years, increasing attention has been given to mental health as well, which is so important. That said, there are many aspects to wellness beyond the physical and mental. Your goals could pertain to spirituality, financial health, intellectual health or living a more environmentally-friendly life for example. Whichever area you choose to focus on first, good chance you will begin to feel better overall, as all aspects of wellness are interrelated.
SMART goal-setting may be the way to go if you’re worried about giving up on achieving your goals.
- Your goal should be Specific, so instead of saying “I want to save more money,” you should say “I want to save $50 every week.”
- It should be Measurable, so you should be able to look at your bank statements and see that you transferred $50 into your savings every week this month.
- It should be Attainable, so if you want to exercise more often but you’re currently sedentary, you should set out to work out 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes, rather than aiming for 6 hour-long workouts per week — which might set you up for failure.
- Your goal should be Relevant to you, i.e. it should be something you truly care about, not something you think you should do just for the sake of it.
- Finally, make it Time-based, so it has an end point. For example, your goal might be to exercise 2-3 per week for 6 weeks, at which point you can create a new goal for yourself based on how well this one went.
Make a Plan to Reach Your Wellness Goals
Setting a goal is awesome, but in order to achieve it you’ll have to define it clearly and break it down into concrete actionable steps in order to avoid getting overwhelmed. Writing down your goal, as well as your plan for how to achieve it, will also help you stick to it.
Let’s say you want to reduce your individual carbon footprint. This is a great goal, but it’s vague. If you truly want to start achieving it, you’re going to have to get specific. In this case, you may want to start by calculating your carbon footprint, then figuring out by how much you want to reduce it and over what period of time. Then you can decide on some actionable items that will allow you to reach that goal, such as always turning off the lights when you leave a room and not driving short distances if you could walk instead.
Setting wellness goals can be incredibly helpful for you to feel your best. By reflecting on what truly matters to you, thinking up goals in line with your values and making a specific step-by-step plan, you can and will achieve anything you set your mind to. Time to step into your best life!
Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based writer and editor with six years of experience creating content for various outlets. Her work has appeared in InStyle, Stylist, SheKnows, Cosmopolitan, Alma, Her Campus and more.