Mental Health Mindset

2019 Goals for a Better Year

A new year means a list of resolutions, or better yet, a set of goals and intentions. Instead of looking at it as things I have to accomplish, I plan to set short term and long term goals that are easily achievable.

I wanted this list to be different than my previous years because they never seem to make it past the first three months. No more save $10,000 to my savings, travel more or be 15% body fat. Although these are great goals, they weren’t ever ones that inspired me to actually achieve them. I would go back and look at them, but feel so defeated if it was already mid year and I wasn’t close.

Laying in bed with 2018 on its final day, I decided to create a list of my 2019 goals. I hope these inspire your own and help to set you on a better path to achieve the things you want.

Make mental health a top priority

I can’t tell you how long I’ve put off finding and going to a therapist. It’s something I don’t think is necessary unless I’m feeling sad and overwhelmed by an event in my life. When I’ve worked up enough willpower to go, I find every reason not to. This year I’m going to change this by connecting with a therapist.

If you’d like to make it a priority as well, begin the year by finding a therapist, even if it’s by trial and error. If you already have a therapist but haven’t “had time” to go in a while, consider reconnecting and setting up an appointment. It’s a great way to talk about things that may be bothering you or even celebrate your successes and help you plan for future ones.

Another way to make your mental health a priority is to start journaling. It helps to release your thoughts and process your feelings privately. If you’re not too sure what to write, there are countless prompts to help guide you that you can find online.

Commit to a workout plan

This one is pretty typical, committing to a workout plan or schedule is a good way to hold yourself accountable and track your progress. I normally don’t purchase apps, but I invested in the new Tone and Sculpt app. It was designed by an incredible woman I follow on Instagram and it has been a great guide at the gym. I committed to the 12-week program and the first week left me sore well into the following one. I’ll take progress pictures, maintain the diet (as much as possible) and forgive myself if I fall off track at times.

Your goal doesn’t have to be to lose 5lbs or show a 6 pack. It can be as simple as committing to a program and the progress. We have the ability to change and improve our bodies with healthier habits, now is a perfect time to make these positive changes.

With consistent effort and understanding that it is a journey (not a quick fix), I’ll be more committed to keeping the positive change and healthier lifestyle after the 12-week program ends.

Put yourself out there

I’m an introvert with three very close friends. I rarely put myself into situations to meet new ones. This year, I’m changing that by putting myself out there doing more of what I enjoy. With that, I hope to meet people who have similar interests (and don’t mind me talking about my dog).

You can put yourself out there by finding and joining a book club, getting more involved in your hobbies, or even just hanging with friends from work. These small steps can help lead you to do more of what you love. It can also connect you with people that might have a lot more in common with you than you think.

Get into a hobby

With so many hobbies to try, it’s amazing many of us don’t get involved in one more often. This Christmas, I got a new camera. I looked into photography classes and Photoshop tutorials that could help to capture better content with some skills in editing. I’ll begin practicing this hobby with photos for my blog and social media as the goal.

Sometimes with hobbies, we forget about them because we have so many distractions. If there’s something you’ve been meaning to do more of, now is the chance to make more time for it. Get involved in your hobby or try new ones to figure out your passions. It’s a much better way to spend your time than scrolling endlessly on Instagram.

Do more for your career

I still have no idea what I want to do with my life and I’ll be 26 this year. I’ve put so much pressure on what I will become and the money I need for a successful life that I’ve done little for the career I’d love. I’m not positive what it is I want, but I’m going to start creating that life rather than hoping it falls into place.

Some steps you can take to do more for your career include creating a portfolio to highlight your skills or show more of who you are to employers. Join an organization or a program at work to stay involved and informed. Attend classes to learn a new skill or get certifications in those areas to build your resume. The possibilities are endless.

Stop comparing

All my friends have good paying or at least steady jobs they enjoy. All of the people I follow on Instagram have great bodies and travel many times a year. I’ve compared to them and laid in bed feeling sorry for myself. I won’t ever be them – I’ll never be successful, I’m not smart or fit enough.

I completely forget that my life isn’t theirs either. We have all gone through different things. We could have had similar thoughts to these people, but just acted on it differently. I haven’t applied myself as much as they have or worked my ass off to get there. I’ve shied away and hid from a path I wanted to go down out of fear. Which makes it impossible that I expected to be where the people I’m comparing myself to are in life.

This year, try not to compare yourself to others. Instead, use comparison as a tool to see what works and doesn’t for yourself. Only compare yourself to how far you’ve come or what worked better in the past that you could improve now.

In 2019, I’m hoping to improve my mind, positivity and get on a better path to doing more of what I love. These goals are exciting and motivating to me because they are achievable. I hope these intentions inspire you to create ones for yourself. They may take a lot of work or dedication, but they will help you in the long run. There’s so much positivity to focus on and we need to be more aware of the amazing opportunities out there to be happy.

It’s definitely not always going to be easy. You might fall short in one area and crush another. Use this as a way to reconsider what is important to you. Goals can always be changed, as we are always changing. Just try to become a better version of yourself along the way.

What are some of your goals for the new year?

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