As we approach mid-2021, it’s time to take a minute and reflect on the past six months. On both things you’ve done well and things, you want to improve on over the next six months.
Although we are halfway through the year, it’s never too late to start setting goals. Goals motivate us to do better and improve each aspect of our lives. I’ve listed seven goals to set throughout the year.
I’ve put these in two categories.
Mental and physical. Feel free to use as many as you want and add them to your 2021 goal planner.
Taking care of our mental health is equally important as taking care of our physical health.
Please remember that!
I’ve listed three mental goals to set throughout the year.
I get it. Self-care isn’t always the priority and other things take over. It’s super important to remember that even though you have a busy schedule, take a time out. Everyone deserves a break and looking after yourself will benefit your mental health in the long run.
Self-care comes in many different forms and I truly believe it’s different for every person. My self-care routine has changed since moving to Bali, but I like to keep similar traditions from back home.
- Movie days
- Hot bubble baths
- Solo walks
- Having my nails done
- Taking a 5 minute time out to practice breathing exercises
If you are looking for self-care ideas, check out my self-care routine post where I list self-care ideas.
Learning to say no
A part of anxiety, that I have experienced anyway, is that I would be scared to say no to plans, ideas or something I didn’t want to do in general because I was scared of the other person’s reaction.
It’s okay to say no and it’s okay to put yourself first.
If you want to say no, say no! The other person is the controller of their emotions and it isn’t your responsibility to please someone else if it makes you unhappy! I found this to be a difficult habit to build, but one that is definitely worth it.
Create a gratitude journal
It’s important to remember to show gratitude for what you have in life. Remembering is the hard part, for me. It’s very easy to take your life for granted. Take a breather and create a gratitude journal.
I’ve listed some prompts for your gratitude journal:
- A job
- Life experiences
I like to share my goal list with equal parts physical and mental as working on both is equally important.
I’ve listed four physical goals to set throughout the year.
Try something new every week
Throughout lockdown, habits and routine were essential, for me, in order for my mental health to stay level. Now that I am out of lockdown, I have decided to set the challenge of trying something new each week.
Something I’ve noticed with having anxiety is feeling anxious when there’s a change or something new in my life. This is why this is such a great goal. You need to push yourself and step outside your comfort zone.
Your list will be specific to you, but I’ve listed some ideas to help you out.
- New foods
- A new exercise class
- A new experience (eating alone, trampolining etc)
- Social experiences (messaging to meet for lunch, speaking to people when you’re out)
Drink more water each day
I didn’t realise the good effects of drinking more water until I moved to Bali. I didn’t want to be dehydrated with the heat so I drank as much water as I could. The recommended amount for women is 2.7 litres, although 20% of that comes from the water in your food.
If you’re not a big water drinker and forget to drink water, I have a few tips for you!
- Buy a water bottle and carry it with you everywhere.
- Set alarms on your phone to remind you.
- If you journal, include your water intake from each day.
Since drinking more water, I feel more energetic and my headaches are not as common.
Of course, the downside is needing the toilet a lot more, but that’s something I can deal with.
Create a daily routine
I don’t know about you, but I need a daily routine. Nothing too specific but a purpose for each day. I know that I can easily fall into the procrastinating trap if I don’t.
You know, the one where you sit on Tik Tok for 3 hours and achieve nothing… yeah me too.
If you get easily distracted with a daily routine, here are somethings that can help:
- Limit phone use by setting timers.
- Delete apps that are distracting. I deleted Tik Tok as I was spending way too much time on it. I now only use it for my Youtube channel, Travels of an Anxious Gal.
- Set reminders for things you need to do throughout the day.
- Use a daily goal planner to check off your goals.
Limit a bad habit in your life
We pick up bad habits, it’s happens. It’s all about realizing the bad habit and changing it. Although I have many, I like to choose one at a time. If I take on too much, I’ll lose focus and motivation.
Some examples of habits you may want to change:
- Stop biting your nails
- Limit alcohol intake
- Sleeping in
- Eating fast food
The list you create will be specific to you!
7 goals to set throughout the year
Setting goals isn’t just a New Year’s thing. It’s important to challenge ourselves throughout the year. Every day if you can. I’ll be honest, I never really understood why until I started doing it. It’s incredible how much you learn about yourself once you step out of your comfort zone and push the limits.
Life can get repetitive, don’t let it!
What are some goals that you’ve set throughout the year?