We’re more than half-way through the month of January, and after an exhausting and debilitating year, we need to give ourselves time to decompress and heal. Take the time to check-in with yourself, including your mental, emotional, and physical health. Are there any goals that you seek to accomplish in 2021?

Goal setting is a healthy habit to incorporate into our daily lives. No goal is too small or too big, and goal setting is not a one-size-fits-all process. Goals are individualized and should encompass what will make you truly feel happy and healthy. It’s important to note that goals can be challenging and not all goals are easy. Goals that we set for ourselves can take time, patience, and perseverance to achieve results that we are proud of.

Another important takeaway to note is that the goals you set out for yourself should be for you, not for anyone else. For example, setting a goal in place for someone else’s approval is not healthy for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Keep in mind that you need to do what will truly make you happy in life, and it should not be seeking the approval of others.

If you’re stuck on finding goals to set, ask yourself, what makes me happy? What new hobbies should I try – what interests me? (etc.). Remember, you are in control of your happiness. If there is something that you would like to accomplish, create a plan of action and you will be rewarded with the outcome. Even if the outcome is not what you expected or anticipated, you will learn from the experience. Setting goals and tracking your progress throughout the year will be a great approach to promote overall well-being. What are some goals that you are setting for yourself this year? Let’s share our ideas and promote a positive and healthy lifestyle.

This blog post is originally featured on the Journey is Here blog, by Gianna Shikitino.