Monday, February 18, 2013

six MENTAL HEALTH GOALS


Here are some positive mental and emotional goals for a healthy year ahead from Body + Soul.

Choose positive relationships. 

Look at what you do not do in a relationship instead of saying 'I am not going to be in a destructive relationship'. This will help implement behavioural changes in the future. Then vow to yourself that you will not go out with someone who is a destructive influence in my life.


Write your goals down on paper.


To put your goals into practice do this written exercise... Under the headings write work; home; in-laws; immediate family; and kids. Assess what you are achieving, or not in each area. Then come up with a decision that is good for you to get your goal. Be honest with yourself about how your happiness can be improved, by acknowledging and respecting your needs and you will find others will do the same.


Make time with yourself.

Take the time to spend time with yourself is important but can often go on the back burner when other commitments come into the equation. One time to make time for yourself is to prioritise what you want. What do you enjoy? What would you like to do in your downtime? When you are clear about what makes you happy it is easier to allocate time for yourself. Do not procrastinate any longer and make an appointment for you and enjoy it.


Become congruent.

Being honest about what you say and what you do is imperative for optimum health. If you are feeling down - instead of acknowledging that you are going to tell everyone you are fine, you are out of sync. Share how you are feeling and in turn you help alleviate the burden. Depression comes from internalising things and not talking about them. If you are feeling low tell someone close and let them know what is going on.


Do not feel guilty.

GUILT is a wasted emotion. You cannot change the past but you can change the future.Feeling guilty about what you have not done will only hold you back from being happy today. Ask yourself, if you had the courage what would you be doing today and think 'What is stopping me?'. Examine what is holding you back and confront the fears and then you will move forward towards your HAPPY goal.


Ban the word 'should'.

When you think that you SHOULD do something, it most likely means that you do not want to do it at all. Change your vocabulary to keep you motivated and happy. Make a list of all the things you 'should' be doing and then cross out the should and replace it with 'if I really wanted to' I could....You will then feel clear and less guilty about knowing what you want to do rather than what you should be doing.

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