Goals to Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul
I’m all about personal development and setting small goals in order to achieve larger ones. One of the first things I was asked to do by my life coach, Lindsay, was to set a big goal. Now, ya’ll know I am all about setting goals, but this one was different. She asked me to dig deep and set a big SMART goal!
Now if you aren’t familiar with a SMART goal its easy.
It must be something that fits this bill—specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and have a time-table.
I then had to break down that big goal into a 21 day habit. Something I would do every single day for 21 days that would develop a habit and make me closer to reaching that goal. And here I am 16 days in, and I have I realized that all my goals tend to fall into one of three categories: mind, body, or soul.
By setting myself this mini-goal for 21 days, I’ve given myself the opportunity to challenge myself, create new habits, and try things I’ve always wanted to but felt I just did not have the time for (or that seemed to big). Although I have not made it 21 days yet, this process has helped me figure out what I need to do regularly in order to stay sane and make progress towards my big goals.
Because I know people are always looking for examples of personal goals, I thought I’d round up the goals I’ve set for myself with a few extras to show you how you can nourish your entire mind, body & soul!
Whether you want to start setting monthly goals or stick to one goal at a time, I hope this helps you with some ideas of where to start.
NOURISH THE MIND
How often do you get caught up in your to-do lists and start down the path of how on earth am I going to get this all done, only to end up even more stressed than you were before you made the darn list? Give your brain a break!! Here are my goals that are aimed at nourishing my mind:
STAY OFFLINE ONE DAY PER WEEK.
As much as this is hard for me as a blogger and such, I am going to take one day of the week to stay completely offline and away from my computer/ipad/phone, social media.
The brain can only handle so much and all that screen time isn’t good for the eyes or let’s face it, yourself-worth.
MEDITATE (almost) EVERY MORNING.
Meditation can be intimidating and some people think it will be a little too hippie for them, but even taking five minutes out of your day to sit and do nothing can totally improve your mood.
READ 20 PAGES PER DAY.
We all probably wish we read a little more, right? I aim to read every night, but setting a page goal has helped me a ton. And some nights it has helped me not read into the wee morning hours.
Try reading just 20 pages a day and you’ll be finishing books in no time!
Again, one of those things that people feel is hippie or weird or not their thing. But, I know if I am having one of those days where my brain just won’t shut off, journaling helps. It helps you find clarity in difficult situations and puts you more in tune with what’s really going on. That brain dump is often just what you need to relax and turn off your brain.
GET UP WHEN YOUR ALARM GOES OFF.
This is by far the best thing I ever did for myself. Get into the habit of snoozing and its just one button tap and then another and then you are frantically running through the house like a crazy woman. It is proven that if you get out of bed when you alarm goes off, you are less groggy and less likely to feel stressed.
LIMIT SCREEN TIME AFTER WORK.
Most of us stare at screens all day, and then we come home and stare at screens some more. So, I set a goal to limit my time after work. Try switching it up and get the most out of your free time with going out side, taking a walk, listening to a podcast or music.
START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL.
Either in the morning or before bed, I write down 3-5 things I am grateful for. I have been amazed at the joy I have found in the little things, and I know I am much more appreciative despite all the challenges life throws at me. I love Rachel Hollis’ Start Today journal, but any ole journal will do.
TRY THE ONE-TAB CHALLENGE.
Yes, I’m talking about keeping only one tab open on your browser for a whole month. I can tell you that this is so hard for me, and I have yet to check it off my list, but try it and if you do survive let me know how you did it!
DO A MEDIA DETOX.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed from all of the information being thrown at you online and in the news, step away! Put down your phone, turn off the TV, dial the radio into some classical music instead. Here’s a cheat sheet on how you can detox in 7 days.
TAKE A “DO YOU” DAY.
Some people might not think this is much of a goal, but so many mamas genuinely forget to look after ourselves. Yesterday was a me day. I took off work to get some stuff done, but I also did me. No need for a spa or hotel (but feel free to), just me and my house with no one in it. Or, just spend an entire day doing something you love. Treat yo self!
NOURISH YOUR BODY
Ok, so I have preached the value of exercise for, well, way too long, but it still remains one of my top goals every single day. But, I get that finding the motivation and time to actually do it can be a struggle. If you break this larger goal into smaller chunks, you might find that its much easier to find something that works for you and stick to it.
WALK AFTER LUNCH OR DINNER.
I aim to walk around 2-3pm every day at work. I get up, go outside and force myself t move. I also try to get E to go for a walk after dinner. It really helps to reset your brain, let your food digest, and get a nice healthy dose of fresh air before getting ready for bed, or the rest of your afternoon to-do list.
DRINK TEA INSTEAD OF COFFEE/SODA.
After I had E, I vowed to drink less coffee. If you feel like it’s making you dehydrated and it’s breaking your bank account, try switching your usual coffee or soda for a cup of tea. I love chai latte, but also a good ole green tea as well.
SQUEEZE IN 10 MINUTES OF EXERCISE PER DAY.
If you struggle to squeeze in gym time (or just don’t have the motivation), tell yourself you only have to work out for 10 minutes. I truly believe that getting started is the hardest part, so just 10 minutes. Chances are once you get started, you’ll probably keep going for longer than 10 minutes.
EAT MORE VEGGIES.
This is a big one for me and for E. Fruit is easy enough for me, but I really struggle when it comes to veggies! I feel like fixing them is the hard part, so I am on the raw veggie munching train! I bet if you look, you aren’t getting enough either and veggies should be the most abundant thing on your plate!
DEVELOP A WORKOUT ROUTINE.
Consistency is really important when it comes to your health, and having a workout plan is going to help you stay on track and get you closer to meeting your overall wellness goals. For me, its M-F every morning. But for you perhaps its 1-2 days a week. Maybe its a class or that walk we talked about earlier. Whatever it is, make it a goal then it will become a habit and just start to be a part of your life.
DRINK MORE WATER.
I have outlined the important of drinking enough water. But seriously, its one of my ever-present goals. There are so many benefits to drinking water aside from the fact that your body needs it to survive. Staying hydrated keeps your brain alert and makes your skin glow. I am going to host a one-day water challenge next week for anyone who is game!!
TRY A NEW FORM OF EXERCISE.
If you’re really struggling to exercise regularly, maybe you need to try a new kind of exercise. I realized that sometimes my lack of motivation is just my body’s way of saying I need to change it up! There’s a whole world out there beyond the gym! Challenge yourself to try a new form of exercise this month. If you are local, check out all the free possibilities available every Saturday at the Clearfork Trailhead.
NOURISH YOUR SOUL
Ah, the soul (also referred to as the spirit). It may mean something different to you, but for me—the soul is what makes up who I am aside from my physical body and my mind. Its the relationships, religion, job, hobbies, interests, etc.. that make you whole. However you define it, its so important to nourish your soul in order to feel complete. :
GO TO BED AT A REASONABLE TIME.
This is hard for me. I know I need to get in bed early, but then that pesky list isn’t checked off. But make sleep a priority by creating your own night routine and sticking to it for a whole month. Going to bed early doesn’t make you old, it makes you smart! So, give yourself permission to rest.
EXPLORE NEW PLACES.
Be a tourist in your own hometown and the surrounding area. Try a new grocery store or library, take that back road you always see, but are not sure where it leads… ho says you have to take a plane to travel?
LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
This is also on my goal list. It doesn’t have to be something spectacular like a language or a hobby, heck meditation was my new thing and its been amazing! But just make time to challenge yourself to learn something, anything new.
FINALLY DO THAT THING YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF.
Whether it’s a task that’s just been nagging at your forever, or something bigger that you’ve been wanting to start, just get started! For me, its the guestroom closet. That puppy is going to get organized this month! Break it out into 30 small chunks and do one task each day throughout the month.
GO AU NATURAL.
I mean feel free to go commando, but by this I mean your hair and your face! Try giving your locks and skin a break for a month without heat styling or using makeup every single day. Not only will you save time in the morning, you will get healthier hair and skin at the end.
REACH OUT TO SOMEONE.
I have been doing this for the past month and man it has given back to me 10-fold. I am sure you all have someone we’ve been meaning to get in touch with for a while, but just never do. Or, you see someone struggling and feel pulled to check on them, or maybe even a blogger you want to collaborate with or the brand you think would be a perfect fit for you. Just reach out! Set yourself a goal to finally connect!
What are your goals for the month? What goals have you set for yourself in the past? And, I will be sharing all day today about my goals and how Lindsay’s method has been helping me.