I love goal setting and I love self care. So what’s better than combining the two? Self care goals are a great way to not only stay on top of your self care but also really get clear on what’s working, what’s not and what you need from your self care. We need to be mindful when practicing self care because so often we can follow the crowd without considering whether what we’re doing is right for us.
There are different areas of self care that you can focus on but to keep it simple, I’m going to to stick with the 4 areas of self care that I mentioned previously in this post about the 4 areas of self care you shouldn’t overlook.
Self care and the different domains of self care is a hugely deeper subject than just these 4 but it’s no secret that these 4 areas are the ones that we’re either going to be focused on the most – or neglecting the most!
As with anything else that you would set goals for, it’s important to first understand that the goals you set yourself need to be:
- Personal to you and not influenced by anyone else
- Manageable and not overwhelming
- Realistic to you
For example, you wouldn’t set yourself a self care goal right now of running every day if you’d just broken your leg like, be smart.
Self care goals should be personal to you and your needs. And whilst it’s amazing to use blog posts like this one to get inspiration and ideas from, if something doesn’t resonate with you then you absolutely shouldn’t set it as a goal.
I think that’s even more important when it comes to self care goals.
Physical self care goals:
Physical self care goals are important because this is where our basic needs lie. Eating when we’re hungry, drinking water to stay hydrated and resting when we’re exhausted. There’s no getting away from these goals as they make sure you stay alive and well!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them and mix it up along the way. These types of goals will all be very much dependent on the individual, any conditions or disabilities you have, your age and your health among other factors.
If going for a massage isn’t an option for you, perhaps set yourself a goal of giving yourself a massage and investing in some lovely massage oils for it!
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Emotional self care is so important, especially in this post-pandemic world we’re living in right now. We can all relate to this one on a deep level. We all have days where we feel down or mentally fragile. So emotional self care REALLY isn’t something you should ignore.
This isn’t about the baths and the candles. Lighting a candle isn’t going to help us go inwards and really figure out what our inner true self needs in order to feel balance and stable emotionally. Although these goals are simple, they can be incredibly effective and get into that deeper level sh*t.
Spiritual self care goals:
Spiritual self care is very much where my priorities have been over the last 6 months or so and finding a spiritual balance has been really important to me. I think this one the easiest to fall off the bandwagon with but also one of the most rewarding when I keep up with my spiritual self care practices.
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These goals will be different for everyone, depending on your belief systems. Whatever you believe, you make these goals fit around those beliefs.
Intellectual goal ideas:
Keeping your brain healthy and stimulated is another incredible form of self care but probably the one we think about the least. I can really tell when I’m lacking in this area of self care. I feel stuck. I feel like I’m going through the motions.
And whilst I might still be loving what I’m doing, that lack of stimulation of learning something new can reaaally damped my spirits! Don’t neglect your beautiful brain when it comes to self care either!
Just as you would with your blog or your business or your hobbies, self care is a great area of life to set goals for. We’re all after that optimum self care where we feel our best most of the time and when we don’t, we know EXACTLY what to do to rectify it.
Setting goals can really help with that. It keeps you motivated to focus on YOURSELF more often too!
Which area of self care will you be setting goals for? Which goals are you drawn to? Let me know!
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