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A new Year, a new you. Discover the power of setting wellness goals. Learn how to set goals that pave the way to a healthier, happier you. Start your transformative journey today!

Setting Realistic Goals

As we move into the new year, many of us are looking forward to setting new goals to improve our health and wellness. While it’s great to tackle our new targets with enthusiasm, we must make sure that they are realistic. Read on if you want to discover how to do it right.

Achievable vs unachievable goals: The difference

There is a thin line between setting challenging goals and setting yourself up for failure. Goals that are impossible to reach are:

Too vague: “Get fit,” is a vague goal. A more specific goal would be “exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week.” Without a clear plan, it’s hard to measure progress.

Too extreme: “Lose 10 kilos in January” is an unhealthy, risky goal. Sustainable weight loss happens gradually.

Unrealistic: “Run a marathon next month” is unrealistic if you have only just started running, and is sure to lead to disappointment.

The negative impact of unachievable goals

Setting unachievable goals can have a negative effect on your mental and emotional wellbeing. It can wear down your self-esteem and cause frustration, emotional stress and burn out. This will most likely result in you completely giving up on your healthy lifestyle goals.

Tips for setting achievable wellness goals

Realistic wellness goals can set you up for success and help you achieve that healthy lifestyle.

  • Be specific. Clearly define your goals. Instead of a vague aim like “eat healthier”, have a goal that you can measure like “eat three servings of vegetables every day”.
  • Start small. Begin with manageable steps. It’s easier to stick to little changes that allow you to build healthy habits over time.
  • Focus on your behaviour: Pay attention to what you do rather than what happens. For example, aim to cook more often and eat fewer takeaways rather than worrying about a particular weight target.
  • Look at your lifestyle. Make sure your goals are in line with your everyday routine. Choose activities that fit your schedule and what you enjoy doing.
  • Set realistic timelines. Set goals that match your own pace. Don’t make deadlines that are either too ambitious or not ambitious enough.
  • Celebrate small wins. Give yourself a pat on the back for what you have managed to achieve along the way. This will give you the motivation to keep going.
  • Find support: Share your goals with friends, family, or even a wellness buddy. Having a support system not only gives you encouragement but also make you accountable.
  • Be flexible. Life is unpredictable. Be ready to change your goals when you meet unexpected challenges without feeling defeated.
  • Make self-care a priority. Remember that wellness is holistic – it’s about more than just food and exercise. Make sure you take time to relax, get enough rest, and manage your stress.

Embrace the new Year, and a  new you. Welcome to a healthier, happier you in 2024!