Goal-setting is one of the most important keys for success in any endeavor. This is especially true for wellness and self-care. It’s extremely easy to fall back into unhealthy habits when we don’t have a clear, defined goal – and a plan to reach it – in mind. After all, we are predisposed to default to routine unless we have a compelling reason to do otherwise.
Not sure how to get started? WONGCW takes a look at how to empower yourself to define, plan for, and reach your health and wellness goals:
Improve Your Career
If you’re highly motivated by your work, then setting a goal to boost your career can be surprisingly beneficial for your overall well being. After all, some people are at their very best when working toward their greater purpose. Although you should be wary of biting off more than you can chew, it’s worthwhile to think of ways you can challenge yourself in the workplace.
For example, it might be wise to consider going back to school. Enrolling in an MBA program or earning an advanced degree in your field can give your career a major boost. If you’re already very busy, online programs can give you the flexibility you need to fit school into your schedule. Take a look at the options and speak with your supervisor to see if this could be a good fit for you.
Care for Your Skin
Giving your skin the best care is another excellent wellness goal worth committing to. The right skincare routine will leave you looking and feeling your best. Moreover, it can help you live a longer, healthier life. After all, skin is your body’s largest – and in some ways, most vulnerable – organ. Giving it what it needs can go a long way.
For example, you can commit to drinking enough water each day, and wearing sunscreen any time you’re going out in the sun. You can also work with a skincare expert to discover the cleaning and moisturizing routine that’s right for your skin type. Working in facials and other skin care treatments on a regular basis can give your skin the extra TLC it needs to be as healthy and clear as possible.
Another great wellness goal you can set for yourself is committing to daily exercise. According to the Mayo Clinic, thirty minutes of exercise a day is a great goal to set for yourself and your long-term health. Remember, it doesn’t need to be intense exercise each day – indeed, breaking intense workouts up with gentler movement, such as walking or yoga, is ideal. Even spending a few minutes each day doing pushups, chair dips, and walking lunges at home can improve your health. This kind of schedule gives your muscles time to rest and repair between sessions, keeping you safe and healthy.
If you’re not in the habit of exercising, however, this can be a challenging one to start. Many people have trouble committing to a new workout routine because, at the start, all exercise leaves them feeling sore and exhausted. There are several ways to overcome this problem.
First and foremost, take it easy on yourself in the beginning. Listen to your body, and don’t be afraid to follow up intense sessions with a couple of days of gentler exercise. In addition, remember that this period will pass, usually within a couple of weeks. Advancing gradually and giving yourself plenty of time to rest will keep soreness to a minimum in the meantime.
Whatever wellness goals you set, remember to think critically about what kind of obstacles you might reach and how you’ll overcome them. This is a great way to set yourself up for success. With a worthy goal and a strong plan, you can treat yourself to a healthier, happier life.
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