Looking for some realistic goals to set yourself when the world seems to be turning upside down? Raise your hand if, like me, 2020 was going to be your year. It was all about seeing the important things in life clearly by having 20/20 vision … oh how cute. But then life happened and the coronavirus took away any opportunity of making 2020 “our year.” No one could see what was going to happen next.
So while you might be tempted to write the end of the year off already and skip making any goals, maybe you just need to make those goals a bit more attainable. Here are six realistic goals you can set yourself for the end of this year and beyond (hello 2021!).
Live in the Now
Next time you think, “pics or it didn’t happen,” put down your phone, switch off the TV or turn down the music and just enjoy the company you’re with. After so many months of socially distancing from friends and family, I will never take the precious time I get to spend with them for granted again.
Drink Lemon Water
Every morning, put a slice of lemon into a glass of warm water and sip it just like you would your daily cup of tea or coffee. Not only will it provide you with an extra boost of Vitamin C, but it will also give you energy and it’s a natural way to detox!
Get Up and Move
You don’t have to spend an hour and a half every single day at the gym. Just get up and move. Take a walk (with your mask!), or a bike ride, or maybe do some pushups while you’re watching TV. Just do something and you will instantly feel better. If like me you like to keep track of your progress, then the Fit Is The Sh*t planner is a must-have! You can keep track of your daily meals, exercises, and evaluate your progress.
Take Some Time for Yourself Every Single Day
How many nights do you fall into bed exhausted because you’ve been filling up everyone else’s cup and now your own is completely empty? Find some time each and every day, even just five minutes, to take some deep breaths, maybe make a list of the things you’d like to do that day, and then do them!
Find Something that Brings You Joy
While you’re taking that time for yourself, find something that brings you joy to fill it. It could be a new hobby, like needlepoint, or it could be taking a fitness class which would also get you moving. Whatever it is, make sure that it brings a smile to your face. Jotting down new things that makes you happy daily is a great way to channel your focus onto the positives. Using a Gratitude Journal helps to encourage reflection and prompts a positive outlook on each and every day!
Be Kind to Yourself
This goal may be the most important of all. When something doesn’t go the way you planned or when you don’t achieve one of your goals, do not beat yourself up about it. Be kind to yourself and realize that no one is perfect.
Now, not even Quarantine can keep you from reaching these goals. You got this.
By Kate Andrews