Wellbeing Wisdom: Setting some new goals

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I’ve realised lately that I am a goal-orientated person. I’ve always had goals, but I’ve never really thought about how much they motivate me or how driven I am by them. If I really set my mind on something, I can usually find the energy and drive to achieve it. So this has got me thinking lately: I’m setting some new goals to help make some changes, try new things, and even give some stuff up.

Wellbeing wisdom: My blog posts looking at the bigger picture of how to cope with chronic pain, and different ways of looking after your wellbeing. I’ll share some of my own self care tips, new things I’ve tried, how I’ve pushed myself out my comfort zone, and the pain challenges I’ve faced. It will be an honest summary of thoughts and ideas to hopefully inspire you to look after your own wellbeing, and help you cope better with your chronic pain.

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Setting goals is a good way to challenge yourself, to feel like you are growing, or to help make positive changes to your life. They can help break up the routine that we often find ourselves stuck in, and help put a new perspective on things. You can set goals in all areas of your life: home, health, fitness, work, diet, hobbies, the list goes on.

The key is to set a realistic but slightly challenging goal. If you set a goal that is unachievable, you are less likely to achieve it, which means you feel de-motivated to set any new goals.

Here are some of my current goals:

Try something new

I’ve been trying to cook new recipes each week for some time now; I’ve even tried building more vegan and veggie recipes in to my week as much as I can.

So to take this one step further, I am going to carry on trying a new recipe, but I will also use a new ingredient every week. Something I’ve never cooked with before or have never eaten before.

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Set yourself some goals that take you outside your comfort zone

Make a change

This goal is about making a change to my daily routine. My least productive time of day is between when I finish work – around 16:00/17:00 – and when I have my tea. It’s the time I feel most tired and have little energy after standing up most of the day in work, and using a lot of brain power to do my job. I often feel both physically and mentally drained. I’m also often at home on my own as my partner hasn’t arrived home from work – she often works later than I do.

I have decided to give up scrolling through Facebook and Instagram from the time I finish work until after my tea. I find I do this a lot without really thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy using Facebook and Instagram, but I just need to reduce the time I spend on it. I do it as a form of entertainment or to see what is going on in my social network world, and as a distraction technique to keep my mind busy.

It also sets the tone for the rest of my evening: it makes me feel more more tired, and I often just want have a sleep, which can impact on my sleep at night time; it also means I don’t get other jobs done, or make good use of my time.

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Come up with a plan to help you achieve your goal

I know I need to rest if I am tired, but constantly scrolling through my phone is not the best use of my time for me – for some people it may be just what they need. I don’t always want to connect with someone else’s life or see what other people are doing.

Instead, for that time period, I will focus on how I can use that time more wisely, that will be more beneficial to me. I will read my book, do some chores, work on my blog, go for a walk, play with my dogs; anything except scrolling through my phone.

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Give something up

I’m not good at giving stuff up, especially if it’s something I enjoy. My approach to life is that it is for living and my preference is always for enjoying things in life. So this goal was pretty tough to come up with.

I have decided to give up the large bottles of beer or lager that I’ve had a lot of lately. The 620 ml bottles, that don’t fit in to a pint glass. I don’t need such a large drink; they just include extra calories and make me go to the loo more. I may have one for a special occasion, such as on my birthday, or at Christmas, but I certainly won’t be having them as often as I have been.

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Your thoughts

What new goals can you set for yourself?

Have you tried anything new lately?

Can you suggest a goal for me to try? I’m up for new ideas ?

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6 thoughts on “Wellbeing Wisdom: Setting some new goals

  1. Invisibly Me says:

    I really need to give myself a kick up the bum where goals are concerned. Mine now are very small and they’re more to-list tasks. Since chronic illness took over, I moved from long term (or anything taking more than a short period of time to achieve!) to short term. It’s okay for the most part, but I do feel like I’m very much lacking in a sense of having a bigger picture outlook, something to aim for, something more meaningful in my life. I think maybe trying something new is something I need to look at because getting out of my comfort zone is always difficult so that could be beneficial. Great post and suggestions!
    Caz xx

    • Alice says:

      I’m pleased you found this post helpful in terms of my suggestions. I must admit, staying in my safe environment (i.e. my comfort zone) is always much easier since I’ve had my chronic pain, but the feeling afterwards when I’ve achieved something is always much more these days – so the effort is worth it; despite my anxiety at the time xx

  2. gemmaorton says:

    Earlier this year I reduced my social media scrolling to 1 hour a day. I found this really help me to focus on other things and be more motivated. I’m gradually slipping away from this, and reading your post has pushed me to start reducing again!

    • Alice says:

      I’m glad my post has given you a little nudge to get back to your 1 hour a day. That’s a great goal! I’m finding that I’m scrolling without even realising it sometimes – it shows how much of a habit it has become!

  3. Kirsten says:

    Around 16-17:00 is also my least productive moment of the day! I feel so tired from working. I usually either read a book or put on a podcast instead of checking social media. Like you said, I’ll just end up scrolling without reading the posts.

    • Alice says:

      I’m glad it’s not just me that struggles at that time. I find podcasts really helpful – I can get comfy while listening to them and I learn lots too. I have to make sure I don’t fall asleep though, ha ha.

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