How many times have you heard the words “goals” “vision board” and “resolution” in the past week? This is how you know you’ve made it into the new year.
This is an exciting time of the year, a fresh start, a chance to tackle everything you may not have had the chance to do last year, an opportunity to take stock of your life and make the necessary adjustments to get you where you want to be. However, it can also get overwhelming.
Most people fall into the trap of making unrealistic resolutions and unattainable goals this in turn causes anxiety and adds unwanted pressure, which defeats the purpose. But there is a way around this.
We’ve put together a list of five tips to help alleviate the “new year, new me” pressure
- Be realistic.
Classify your goals according to “long-term” and “short-term” goals, this will help you understand time frames, and ascertain which goals you can achieve quickly, and which ones need a little more time.
- Be patient with yourself.
Expecting yourself to become a new person overnight is the easiest way to increase your anxiety levels. Give yourself time and the grace to make mistakes, maybe even backtrack, but always remain committed to your goals.
- Set healthy boundaries.
Setting healthy boundaries is for you and others. Allow yourself to make mistakes, but it’s important to also hold yourself accountable. Set boundaries with others too, especially if they get in the way of your goals.
- Get a support system.
It’s always a good idea to surround yourself with like-minded people, people who will help you reach your goals but also people whom you can rely on to hold you accountable when you start slacking.
- Reward yourself.
Pat yourself on the back when you reach your milestones, this is also a great way to keep yourself motivated and amped about tackling your other goals.
Now that you have the tools to smash your goals and make this year one for the books, go ahead and get started!