By: Kristin Knight
Making wellness goals is easy, but actually sticking with them is a different story. Keeping a wellness journal can be a great way to turn your goals into reality.
Before getting started, it’s important to decide what you’re interested in working on. Do you want to gain or lose weight? Develop healthy eating habits? Increase your flexibility or decrease your 5K time? Spend 10 minutes of each day meditating?
No matter what your goals are, write them down and make them specific. Give yourself steps towards achieving your goal and a timeframe to achieve it in. For example, if I wanted to work up to a three minute plank, I could do a plank every day for a month adding five seconds each day. On day one, it might seem impossible to do a three minute plank, but adding just five seconds seems pretty doable. Breaking down large goals into day-to-day tasks makes your goals not only more manageable, but also more achievable.
If your goals are more general, that’s okay too. A great way to get started with a wellness journal is to have the goal of simply being healthier. However, make sure to still make your day-to-day steps specific. Will you go to the gym four days a week, stop eating candy, and get eight hours of sleep every night? These are specific, loggable steps towards becoming more healthy. Don’t forget to give yourself time; lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight.
Your wellness journal doesn’t have to be elaborate at all; you could write it on the notes app on your phone or type it in a Word doc, if that’s what works best for you. You can also hand-write it. You may find that adding doodles or making your journal creative in any way could make journaling a relaxing part of your day.
No matter what your wellness goals are, keeping track of your progress is a great way to visualize how far you’ve come and motivate yourself to keep going.