Take Action with Self-Care Goals
When struggling with mental health, it can feel like we’re being carried along by a stream of circumstance, watching life from the sidelines, or stuck in “wishing and wanting” mode. Putting small, manageable, self-care goals in place gives us a greater sense of control, purpose and direction.
If you’re going through a rough time, a self-care goal can (and should!) be simple. Set yourself a goal to accomplish one of the following:
- get out of bed
- call a friend
- read an uplifting book or blog
- perform a random act of kindness
If you’re managing anxiety, you could set a self-care goal of:
- practice meditative breathing twice a day
- find a good therapist
- join a support group
- sign up for meditation class
And if you’re anything like me, making your physical environment as peaceful and cozy as possible is huge. So, my self-care goals include clearing out clutter or adding another cozy element to my house (thank you, Etsy for always being there).
Every time we fulfill one of these goals, however small, we’re reminding ourselves that we have the ability to take care of ourselves, and this provides a good dose of motivation to keep at it!
This is empowered optimism in action.