This week I was discussing with my therapist goals and self-care. Both are important in achieving what you want out of life. Finding self-care has been difficult for me lately. I’ve been in and out of appointments, along with school and other obligations self-care falls away. I always keep up my healthy patterns but during the day, I do very little to let myself take a breath. My therapist brought up a lot of various ideas but one that stuck with me was a vision board. Since I’m creating a new one, I figured I would outline what I’m doing. If you need a boost, I’d suggest you build one too!
A career is something that is important to me. What that looks like has changed a lot for me. Getting sick derailed a lot of my intentions. What I want and what I can achieve looks different. That’s not to say I don’t think I could have what I wanted before but I don’t know if I want that anymore. I will admit that it is hard for me to say that but goals change with us as we grow. I’ve grown out of my dream and that’s okay.
Arguably, this should be first. Mental health is something that will always be most important. For me, this looks like what I strive to achieve with my mental health. Not so much to be anxiety-free but to not let things bother me. I strive to be patient, kind, and compassionate to myself and others. I would also love to become less rigid about my schedule and things that I control.
- Personal Goals
This is where I put running a marathon. Something I want to achieve in life that has everything to do with my ambition and effort. It’s a little out of my control depending on my health but I want it on here. I’d also love to move abroad again. I want to get out of my box and try new things. On top of this, I’d like to be present and in the moment. I strive to be calm in the face of fear when adventuring out of my comfort zone.
- Physical Health
I questioned whether I should put this on here. This is tricky given my health issues. I wanted it on here because there are elements to my health I can control. I chose how to nourish my body. I chose how much water and salt I consume. I chose when I exercise and when I don’t. The point being, I may not control the whole picture but I get a piece and recognizing that is enough.
This is a starting point. There are a million things that can go on a vision board. I’m making mine virtual for ease. I’m going to use it as my screen saver to remind myself of where I am going. It’s an attempt to ground myself into the moment and remember what I’m working towards. If you’re struggling with motivation or self-care, I’d suggest trying this. It may not work universally but you may come out with a better sense of who you are and more importantly, who you want to be.