While you’re busy setting all your big goals for the new year, don’t forget one important category: your health. Whether you want to exercise more, eat healthier, switch to natural products, or practice being more mindful, be sure to put your health goals at the top of your priority list this year.
To help you set and slay your goals, we’ve mapped out some goal-setting tips and strategies. And to make it even easier for you to stay healthy this year, use the code RESET to snag 20% off your first six months of a Rael subscription that includes organic period products and non-toxic body and skincare goodies. Plus, you’ll also get two months free of online yoga classes via MyYogaWorks to jumpstart your health goals for 2020.
Keep reading to learn how to set up your health goals and what steps you can take to actually achieve them this year.
1. Get clear on why you want to achieve your health goal
Fulfilling a health goal, or any goal for that matter is no easy feat. It requires a great deal of dedication and determination. That’s why it’s important to first tap into why you want to achieve it. What makes it so important to you? Take some time to reflect on your answer, and if it’s helpful, write it down someplace where you’ll see it every day. Staying connected to this why is what will fuel you forward when you experience resistance.
2. Keep it simple and specific
While dreaming big is always encouraged, setting up your goal to be simple, specific, and realistic is more beneficial. For example, a goal to “be in the best shape of your life” feels huge and daunting which might discourage you from even trying. Whereas a goal to partake in three online yoga classes per week feels much more manageable and this makes it more likely that you’ll accomplish it. That said, make sure the goal is not too easy either. You should still try to stretch yourself.
3. Set yourself up to win
Before you even begin to work on your goals, create a strong foundation for yourself. Do anything and everything you can to make it easy for yourself to stay on track and motivated towards your health goal. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, toss out all the junk food in your home. If you want to exercise consistently, stock your closet with stylish workout attire by brands like Onzie and Tiem Latus that will inspire you to move your body. Or, if you want to be more mindful about what you’re putting in and on your body, sign up for Rael’s subscription so all your essentials arrive at your doorstep every month on autopilot without you having to do anything. Make it as easy as possible for yourself.
4. Visualize having achieved it
Visualization is not a woo-woo practice. It’s been scientifically proven to help people achieve their goals. Consider making it a part of your daily ritual. See yourself having already accomplished your health goal and include lots of vivid details. The key is to really feel as though it’s already happened. Feel those feelings of pride, excitement, and joy in your body.
5. Reward yourself
Once you’re on a roll with your health goals, remember to reward yourself every so often. Celebrating your accomplishments, however small, will keep your energy and your enthusiasm high. However, it’s important to not reward yourself with things that will sabotage the health goals you’re trying to achieve in the first place (we’re looking at you, junk food!). Instead, commemorate your hard work by taking a bubble bath, reading a really good book, going to see a movie, or doing something else that will make you feel good without derailing your wellness goals.