When you’re struggling with your mental health, there is no denying that having a goal in place to move forward with your life and do something that you’ve always wanted to do, can be really positive. However, the very mental health issues that you are looking to improve by having goals can actually make it much more difficult to achieve your goals – difficult, but not impossible.
Whether you dream of travelling the world or enrolling on a Hypnotherapy training Course that will enable you to help others with their own mental health, there is no reason why your mental health has to stop you from achieving your goals, you just might have to go about making things happen in a slightly different way!
With that in mind, here are some tips to help you achieve your goals even if your mental health is not as good as you would like it to be…
Don’t lower your standards
When you’re struggling with your mental health, it can be tempting to let your dreams fall by the wayside, or at the very least lower your expectations of what you can or should achieve. Don’t do this! We all deserve to have good things in our lives, and that means you too. Yeah, you may have to work a bit harder than some people or you may take a little longer getting there, but if you are determined to be successful or do something amazing, there is no reason why you cannot.
Write them down
Writing down your goals is a good way to make them seem more meaningful., It also forces you to think really hard about what things you actually want to achieve in your life, because if you’re going to put them down on paper and work towards them, you will want to make sure they are the right goals for you! Not only that, but the simple act of writing them down will make you commit more fully to your goals too, which is always a good thing!
Break them down
Once you know what your ultimate goal is, whether it’s to get a degree in accounting or stating your own business, it’s a really good idea to break that goal down into lots of tiny actions. So, if you want to get a degree, you could set a mini-goal of researching your options, writing an application, applying to the course and so on. This helps you to build momentum and feelings of accomplishment without pushing yourself too hard. When you have a mental illness, the last thing you need is to put too much stress on yourself, and by breaking your goals down into tiny steps, you can ensure that you are always working on them without ever taking on too much.
No one has to go it alone when it comes to achieving their goals. You may think that no one else is as interested in your dreams as you, and that may be true, but chances are you do have people in your life who care about you, and who want to see you do well for yourself, whether they be a friend, family member or therapist. That’s why you should not be afraid of discussing your goals with others and seeking help and support on your journey where you can.
If you want to achieve your goals, while also juggling your mental health, then you need to be organised. Buy a daily planner and fill it up with the important task. As well as rest breaks, medication alerts, and time off, so that you have a route map for success, and so that you don’t end up doing too much too soon and bringing out or damaging your mental health in any way.
Tracking your progress will help to keep you motivated even on those days when getting out of bed seems like a challenge too far. It will help to show you how far you’ve come and give you a sense of accomplishment in your achievements that will really give you a boost when you’re feeling down.
As you can see, it really is possible to achieve your goals in life when you are dealing with mental health issues (but reach for support when you need).. It won’t always be easy, and you may have days when you really can’t do anything to work towards your goals, but if you have a plan and you follow it as often as you can, while also giving yourself plenty of time to rest and recoup, you will get there in the end.
This article was written by a freelance writer.