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Setting Goals for Your Mental Health

By Donna Stark

You've become a pro at setting and reaching every health-related goal you make and are in the best physical shape of your life. You couldn't be any happier with how you look and feel, but the truth is, you don't feel very happy, do you? At least not that deep happiness you see in others. So what's wrong? Well, getting healthy and staying fit is critical for your overall wellness, but they aren't the only things that can make you well. You need to find some balance in your life by taking care of your mental health as well. Here are some suggestions.

Find Some Adventure

  • Save for that fabulous trip - Have you been dreaming of a vacation to somewhere other than the next town over but could never afford it? Start saving today! Figure out where you want to go, calculate the costs, and then set a monthly budget that will get you there within a year.
  • Take up a new hobby - Have you always dreamed of painting or starting your own garden? Now is the time to do it! Take the time to gather your supplies and begin this new hobby of yours today. It's never too late to find your passion!

Nourish Your Circle

  • Spend time with friends and family - That 60-hour workweek isn't helping anyone but your boss, so make it a goal to work less and spend more time with those you love. It doesn't even have to be more than a couple of hours if that is all you have to spare. All you need is enough time for dinner with friends or a Sunday afternoon with your children or parents.
  • Treat your significant other - Set a weekly date with your significant other. Whether it's a date to the movies, breakfast, or even a shaded spot under a tree, the goal is to spend more time together and focus on the relationship.

Take Care of the "Funless" Stuff

  • Get rid of the clutter - A cluttered home can lead to a cluttered mind, so take a few minutes each day to stay on top of your mess. Set aside 15 minutes a day to pick up your house or sort your mail. You may be surprised by how such a small amount of time spent cleaning can reduce your overall stress!
  • Stay on top of your finances - There is nothing more stressful than dealing with finances, so do your best to stay on top of it! Start a savings account, budget for retirement, and pay bills within a few days of getting them. Take the weight of the world off your shoulders by being proactive!

Life's Priorities

Your mental and emotional health should be as much of a priority in your life as your physical health is! So be sure to remember that when it is time to set new goals. Your overall health, wellness, and happiness depend on it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pooler, Ga.

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