• Carla Collis Gesite

One Step You've Got to Take To Meet Your Goals

It's nearing the end of January. How's it going with your goals/resolutions?

As I was listening to the news this morning, I heard a segments about new year's resolutions and how few people keep them -- some studies have found that less than 10% of people see their new year's resolutions/goals through.

The reporter interviewed a local physician who talked about one of the biggest obstacles to keeping new year's resolutions...not managing stress well. Our brains crave certainty which means, when you're under stress, your brain is much more likely to seek a habitual routine rather than follow a new habit you're trying to establish.

What does this mean for you and your goals? Well, before you focus on other goals, focus on habits/practices that decrease your stress. There are some obvious choices, like meditating or paying first thing in the morning, doing yoga, or listening to soothing music. And taking quiet time to put things in perspective and help you focus on what you need to do that day. Beyond that, though, the possibilities are endless -- they can be anything that brings you peace and helps you focus on what's most important.

A few other ideas...

  1. Attend a religious service, a Bible study, or a meditation group

  2. Have a cup of coffee and listen to your favorite Podcast

  3. Go to the park at lunch

  4. Admit that you're stressed and ask for support

  5. Play with your kids (or borrow some if you don't have any yourself!)

  6. Take a class

  7. Do something creative -- draw, paint, crafts

  8. Delegate things that take too much time (at home or work)

  9. Blow bubbles

  10. Take a day off work

  11. Sing at the top of your lungs

  12. Read uplifting stories, poems, scripture, etc.

  13. Go swimming

  14. Join a group that focuses on what you care about

  15. Enjoy a long hug with someone you love

  16. Watch a sunrise or sunset

  17. Call a friend who makes you laugh

  18. Go to the zoo

  19. Take a nap

  20. Get a massage

  21. Eat your favorite food

  22. Take your dog to the dog park

  23. Light a candle (lavender and vanilla are particularly relaxing)

  24. Keep a gratitude journal

Make a list of things you can do to reduce your stress. Pick one to do several times this week. And let me know how it goes!

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