Working towards small short term goals, as well as having longer term ones, can have a massive benefit on your mental wellbeing and self esteem. Why not try something different over the next few weeks and give a new hobby or activity a go? Think you could never be a runner? Prove yourself wrong and try a programme for beginners! Or if you want to read more this year then set aside some time each day for this. It doesn’t have to be a lot but the sense of achievement will be worth it.
Remember when setting goals and challenges to be realistic and keep any pesky perfectionism at bay. Working with people we often hear things like ‘I’m not doing well enough’ or ‘I’m not progressing fast enough’. This can demotivate you and stop you from trying (think of all those past broken New Year’s resolutions). Set small realistic goals that you can achieve if you put in a bit of effort and you’ll soon be on your way. Perfectionism can also cause problems if you’re trying to juggle lots of different things (like home schooling while working from home!). Be realistic and go easy on yourself. No one’s expecting you to be able to bake the perfect banana bread while simultaneously learning a new language and teaching your kids!
If you’re currently working through The Thrive Programme remember to make sure you put aside some time each day to focus on Thriving, as consistency is key! And if you’ve been thinking about starting then why not take this time to really commit to getting over emetophobia once and for all?