2020 was certainly a challenging year for most of us. So as 2021 gets underway, you might want to consider setting a few mental health goals to boost your wellbeing in the year ahead.
Here are some tips.
1. Start simple
When it comes to goal setting, people will often shoot for the stars and set unrealistic goals that no human could ever meet. Meeting ambitious goals can be even harder when your mental health has taken a battering.
Instead, start with small, trackable goals, such as a daily task list that you tick off. Working in a small and simple way like this can be positive and motivating and give you a sense of achievement.
2. Take a holistic approach
This approach involves taking care of your body as well as your mind, through healthy diet, exercise, and adequate rest. A healthy body is important for a healthy mind!
3. Try/learn something new
Doing something new can be great for getting out of a rut and giving you a boost. Examples might include taking up bike riding, starting a new hobby, or doing a course.
This may require stepping out of your comfort zone a little, but the rewards can be worth it.
4. Set boundaries if necessary
Do you find it difficult to say no? Are you afraid you’ll let others down so say yes to things you would prefer not to? If so, the new year might be a good time to learn how to set boundaries and to say ‘no’ more often.
5. Consider focusing on good habits rather than goals
Goal setting is a good thing to do. But what happens if you don’t reach your goal – will you feel like a failure?
Sometimes, it can be helpful to make the small mental shift of focusing on daily habits that will propel you towards your goals instead. So, rather than having your eye always on the final prize (your goal), your focus is on creating positive habits and a daily schedule.
Reach out for help with your mental health goals
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you would like support in establishing healthy routines for 2021, reach out to us and we will match you with the right psychologist for your needs.