So, 2020 has been a bit of a nightmare.
Like so many of you, my mental health has taken a nosedive this year and I’m still trying to put the pieces back together. My depression has taken the worst hit as I found myself slipping back into my old life-sucks-peace-out mindset. Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to set some mental health goals for depression in a bid to start 2021 on the right foot!
Goal-setting is a mentally-healthy habit to have, especially if you suffer from mood disorders. As someone who battles with things like suicidal ideation and chronic emptiness, having mental health goals is a great way for me to stay focused on … well, living, I guess.
That being said, sticking to mental health goals when you have depression is bloody hard.
Depression loves to tell you how much of a complete and utter failure you are at any given opportunity. Instead of achieving goals, it suggests reminiscing all of your past mistakes for three hours straight.
It tells you that everything is pointless, over and over again.
Here are some quick tips for accomplishing mental health goals
- Make goals measurable and achievable – As much as we want to aim to ‘just be happier’, setting wistful, indefinite goals that can’t be measured only fuels negative thinking.
- Don’t put too much on your plate – Overwhelm is a real thing and can leave you burnt-out and stagnant.
- Write down your goals in a journal or planner – Physically being able to see your goals keeps you focused and accountable. Also, that big fat tick is sooo satisfying!
- Quit the negative self-talk – Negative self-talk makes us experience the same reality over and over again, perpetuating unproductivity and low self-esteem. Verywell Mind has a brilliant article on the toxic effects of negative self-talk.
So, now we’ve got that out of the way, here are 20 practical mental health goals for depression. Remember, these are only suggestions – personalise them so that they are specific to you!
1. Get out of bed at the same time every morning
2. Complete a morning/evening skin-care routine
3. Create an emergency mental health self-care kit
4. Commit to a medication/therapy plan
5. Do some volunteering
6. Try out a new hobby – maybe one of these hobbies to help fight depression?
7. Start a gratitude list
8. Create and stick to a budgeting plan
9. Start a new course (it could be an accredited course or one of many free online courses)
10. Eat three meals a day / five-fruit and vegetables a day
11. Create a self-care planner – check out these beautiful self-care workbooks and planners by Blessing Manifesting (affiliate). There are so many to chose from and they tackle everything from basic self-care to self-love, sobriety, anxiety and more!
12. Reduce your alcohol intake – try out these 20 things to do instead of drinking!
13. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
14. Create (and stick to) a new exercise regime
15. Write in a journal every day – and use these 60 mental health journal prompts for inspiration!
16. Spend more time outdoors
17. Make a new friend – whether it be online or in person, expand your support bubble by getting to know somebody new
18. Set healthy boundaries
19. Get into yoga, meditation or mindfulness
20. Commit to one social activity each week
What are your mental health goals for 2021? Do you have any goal-suggestions to share? Please let me know in the comments down below 😊