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Healthy Goal-Setting

Updated: Feb 6

Setting goals is an important part of any endeavor, and your health is no different. Healthy goal setting involves identifying specific and achievable targets that can motivate and guide you towards improving your overall well-being. 

Before setting goals, it's important to assess your current health and identify areas where you'd like to see improvement. This could be anything from losing weight, improving cardiovascular fitness or reducing stress levels. Once you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve, you can begin to set specific and measurable goals. 

When setting your health goals, it's important to keep them realistic and achievable in a reasonable amount of time. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and enthusiasm of making significant changes, but setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and disappointment. Instead, focus on setting small, attainable goals that can be accomplished over a specific time-frame. 

Your goals should also be specific. Rather than setting a general goal like "get healthy," try breaking it down into smaller, more actionable goals. For example, setting goals to exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, or to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet are measurable and attainable.

Creating a plan and tracking your progress can help you hold yourself accountable and increase the likelihood that you will stick to your plan. This could involve keeping a journal to document your workouts and meals, or using a fitness tracking app to monitor your activity levels and nutrition. Regularly reviewing your progress can help you stay motivated and make adjustments as needed. 

Finally, it's important to celebrate your achievements along the way. When you reach a milestone or successfully complete a goal, take time to acknowledge and reward yourself for your hard work. This can help reinforce positive behavior and keep you motivated to continue working towards your overall health goals. 

Healthy goal setting is a journey, not a destination. It's important to continually reassess and adjust your goals as you progress. By setting realistic, specific goals and staying committed to your health journey, you can improve your overall well-being and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Call or text 614-379-3430 to learn how Dr. Tiffany Bell and the Better Me Psychiatry team can help support your health and wellness journey.

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