Self-care and SMART Goals

I had been doing pretty well mentally lately. Since I came home from a vacation back in May I felt recharged and have been gassed up, hitting my goals hard non-stop. In just a few months, I have made a lot of positive changes for Resilience and its impact, and my to do list to keep this train moving keeps me busy from sun up to sun down every day (and well past that most times).

Even though I am working a lot, it doesn't feel like work to me, because I enjoy every aspect of what I do from designing and making clothing, to working on my website and marketing, to responding and communicating with others in our Resilience family to setting up at events and raising awareness and listening to others share their stories.

But I found that I have been slipping on my own personal daily self-care. Previously, I had made a conscience effort to have specific morning and evening rituals, working out, journaling, doing meditation. Now, I find myself getting up in the morning and rushing to my shop or laptop to work on something business related and skip the morning meditation. I am grateful for the Resilience Events and our wonderful volunteers, because it has given me an opportunity to perform this needed care.

Being busy has been a very good thing, and it’s great that I had been handling it well and thriving, but it should not be a reason to stop implementing the daily tools that I use to stay up. Resilience is the ability to keep moving forward because of a sustained effort. Taking some time each day out of a busy schedule for myself to work out and meditate should not be a band-aid when I am not feeling well, but a continued effort to stay on top and continue the growth on my journey.

So, for this week, I have made a conscious effort to work out and meditate three times for just forty-five minutes.

This goal is a SMART goal. A SMART goal is one that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.

This goal is specific: I want to work on my self-care by working out and meditating more often.

It is measurable: I can track the amount of times and how long I set for myself to do this weekly.

It is attainable: I started small saying only three days a week instead of making it a big goal that is hard to manage.

This goal is relevant: Working out and meditating more will directly help me sustain myself mentally.

I set a time for this goal: I will repeat this for a month and then adjust the goal to meet my needs further.

I learned about this technique in a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) class I am taking through the VA and then again the technique showed up in my online marketing class so I felt it was a sign of its importance and decided to utilize it and share it with you all.

What is a SMART goal you want to set for yourself this week? Let me know in a comment below and let's hold each other accountable.


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