03 Mar Goal Setting While Stressed
Hey ladies! I've got another awesome guest post for you. My bloggy friend Vanessa Beard-Prince is here to give you a few tips on how you can set goals while your stressed. Who doesn't need help with that. Heeeerrree's Vanessa!
GOAL SETTING WHILE STRESSED
In a perfect world, everything would go as planned. We would make arrangements and they would always work out. Things would run on time, packages would show up as promised, no one would get sick, and you’d never have to worry about sudden emergencies and misfortune. But since we all know that is a fallacy, and that life is meant to throw us curve balls sometimes, it is good that we can do something to try to prevent complete life derailment during times of stress.
Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track when life is giving you a hard time.
- Go easy on yourself. Perhaps your original goal was to drop 15 lbs by the end of the month, but financial woes have your mind in a frenzy. Cut your goal back or extend your deadline, so that you don’t stop completely and lose all of your progress. The disappointment of giving up might actually make your mood worse. (Plus, working out when stressed is one of the best stress-relievers. See other great stress-relievers HERE.
- Focus, focus, focus. One thing that I like to say when discussing goal-setting is that focus is key, and anything can be a distraction. Television and social media are popular culprits, but most wouldn’t recognize stress, jealousy, impatience or anger as forms of distractions as well. They are not only able to get your mind off of the task at hand, but they also have the ability to lower your confidence and ruin your mood.
So how do you get past those emotions and push forward towards your goals? Set a time limit to allow yourself to feel that way, then focus your mind on completing small tasks towards a larger goal. For example, if you’re writing a book, take a few minutes to clear your mind, then try to write few paragraphs. If you are preparing for a big presentation, read over your note cards. If you are moving, pack one small box every few hours. Anything is better than nothing, and doing something will help you maintain your goals.
- Say no. The last thing you need to do when you’re stressed out is to add to your already-long list of tasks. This is not the time to be a superhero. This is the time to take care of yourself and manage until things return to a somewhat normal schedule. Thus, utter this two letter word and release yourself of any extra burden.
- Get some rest. Stress has a way of making us feel very tired. And not much can be done if you are burned out and exhausted. So be sure to get as much rest as you can. Even if that means you take a quick nap at lunch, or hit the snooze button once more in the morning. Anything for a few extra, much-needed Zzz’s. This will help you retain focus and stay a bit more in line with tackling tasks and your goal list.
- Fake it ‘til you make it. Repeat after me: “I will be alright.” No matter what you’re going through, try to remember that bad times do not last forever. And having a great attitude will help you push into the figurative sunlight even quicker. For an extra boost, call up a friend or two that can help you lift your spirits, or give you some tips for improving your situation.
Forging on when your life seems to be falling apart is the hardest thing to do. But if you stick to your goals and priorities in the midst of adversity, you will thank yourself later and be so much stronger for it.