I’m absolutely baffled that we’re in April already. Despite so much happening so far in 2018, this year seems to be whizzing by, but I’m determined to make the most of it before it’s over. The New Year’s resolutions are most likely left in February or perhaps they have simply become less of a priority as life has taken over once again. But personally, I believe that Spring is a great time to re-evaluate your goals and what you want to achieve for the rest of the year. However, I think that to do this without putting added pressure on yourself, you need to be realistic and work out what will have a positive impact on your life, rather than simply leave you feeling overwhelmed. So here are a few things to consider when setting your goals.
Make more time for yourself
In today’s busy world, we are always trying to completely fill our days, making us feel like what we’re doing is worthwhile, worth sharing online or simply, Instagrammable. I’ve been quite guilty of this in the past and I don’t like how this attitude impacts my life or overall wellbeing. But I think we all need to be reminded to take some genuine time for ourselves, stepping away from our devices whenever possible to do things that truly make us happy – whether that’s going for a walk, reading, drawing or just simply listening to music, it’s worth taking a little bit of time out every day to do this. It’s what can help us switch off and feel more centred. After all, you can’t be your best self if you’re wearing yourself too thin.
Don’t be afraid to push yourself
When setting goals, they certainly need to be realistic but also you need to be able to push yourself to feel as though you’ve truly achieved something. Last year, I told myself that I would enter my first race which in September, I did. This year, my goal is to enter another 10K but then follow up with a half marathon a month later, raising money for the charity MIND as I do so. My fitness levels definitely aren’t at my peak right now so I know I’ll need to work really hard at this but I’m positive that if I push myself enough, I’ll get there. I’ve found that when setting difficult goals, a positive attitude (alongside your legs) can carry you a long way.
Find a new hobby
This may not be a goal that everyone sets for themselves but I think it can be a really great one. New hobbies help you to feel passionate about things and anything that brings added enthusiasm, knowledge or passion to your life can only be a good thing. For me personally, I’m trying to introduce more podcasts into my everyday life and I’m starting with Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place where she talks with guests about mental health issues and generally how they cope with the everyday. For those who want to hear different perspectives on mental health, this is a really good one and includes talks from Tom Daley, Dawn French and Alexandra Shulman.
Be kind to yourself
All too often, setting goals can come from a negative or self-critical place, whether that’s to lose weight, exercise or achieve more, goals can sometimes come from trying to change who we inherently are. That isn’t a positive step at all. I think Spring is a good time to start being kinder to yourself and changing your frame of mind when setting goals. Instead of trying to lose weight or exercise to look better, perhaps you can start to think of it as taking time to look after yourself. Instead of being critical of yourself for not achieving more, consider everything you’ve done up until this point and think about any new achievements as just further progress. Setting goals should help you to be all that you can be, it shouldn’t involve tearing yourself down in the process.