New Year Tips for Goal-Setting
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Tips for Goal Setting

Get S.M.A.R.T

Welcome to 2019! As some people always say, ‘If you want to become successful, you must first set goals.’  I believe that this saying could not be more true. In a world where so much is constantly going on, it is important to center ourselves and make sure that our personal needs and desires for a fulfilling life are being put first. One way to create a fulfilling life is to create goals specifically for you. However, in order to accomplish the goals you wish to pursue, you must first understand how to set them. According to The Huffington Post’s author, Stacy Kim, there are seven rules that she wrote that I found useful for women to be able to set obtainable goals for themselves.

1. Pick one goal to focus on.

2. It’s best to start with a “want to” goal rather than a “have to” or a “should.”

3. Focus on yourself.

4. Recognize the difference between projects and tasks, and choose each wisely.

5. Set a check-in point.

6. Celebrate your successes.

7. Be flexible. Abandon goals that don’t serve you well.

 

I really liked Stacy Kim’s seven rules she stated for women to meet their goals. Being on the right track with setting realistic goals for yourself will allow you to be on your way to living a more confident and structured lifestyle. Goal-setting has allowed me to better my life by simply encouraging me to dream big and to set myself up to reach my upmost potential.

There is an acronym found that I found on www.mindtools.com in an article entitled “Golden Rules for Goal Setting: Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success” that I think is useful when setting goals. The acronym is S.M.A.R.T. which stands for goals being: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely

Specific goals help aid in the direction you want to go and end up in.

Measurable goals help to measure your success.

Attainable goals help to make sure that the goals you are setting hold the best possible outcome of actually being achieved.

Relevant goals should focus on where you see yourself a week from now, or even a few months from now from your current situation.

Lastly, Timely goals help set deadlines for when you want certain goals to be met and setting deadlines is a good practice to get into because once you meet a deadline, you can finally celebrate your successes when the time comes.

Personally, using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym has helped me tremendously. Every week I sit down with my planner and/or journal and come up with at least three goals that I wish to accomplish that week. Once I have written the three goals down, I analyze them with the acronym and that helps me internalize whether or not they are going to allow me to grow as a person. I hope that the S.M.A.R.T acronym and Stacy Kim’s seven rules will help you to reach your own personal goals! Remember: no goal is neither too big nor too small. Happy goal-setting!

Links:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-set-goals-7-unconventional-tips-for-smart-women_us_59bbe4c3e4b02c642e4a15c4

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm

Written by: Katie McCrory

Monica Manuel
Postpartum Depression Recovery
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Pregnancy can be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, but of course, has its challenges as well. It is shown that 1 in 8 women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. There are elements that can cause drastic changes in a woman’s life, especially in physical and emotional health. Some physical changes include fatigue and abdominal pain. Emotional changes can consist of mood swings and/or feeling withdrawn from family and friends. An important key factor is to know that postpartum depression can happen to anyone. Here are some steps that you can take to help in your recovery:

Nutrition

Having a well-balanced diet can help with controlling mood swings. Consuming non-nutritious foods can result in a lack of energy and lower self-esteem. Avoiding sugary foods such as sodas, ice cream, and highly processed boxed foods can be beneficial in lowering your blood sugar levels. A substitute for this can be complex carbohydrates like whole grain (oats, farro, barley, etc.) which provide a better foundation of energy.

Rest

Women who have postpartum depression often struggle with maintaining a balanced sleep pattern. A step that you can take to help control this is to rest when your baby sleeps. Even if you cannot fall asleep, laying down in a quiet place can do your body and mind wonders. You are not only helping yourself, but your baby as well by sustaining a relaxed state of mind.

Communication

Women who are always putting others first can struggle when it comes to asking for help about themselves. Allowing yourself to open up to family and friends can be a prominent source of emotional support. Even if they cannot help solve the problem right away, expressing your thoughts can ease any distress. You may even be shocked to find that they have gone through an experience close to yours.

Support Group

Support groups can be a wonderful experience for new mothers. When going through a change in life, it can be hard to put yourself out there and make new connections with people. By joining a support group it can provide a specific level of support that can be hard to find. Learning about other women and the experiences they have gone through can give you hope and reassurance that you’re not alone through this journey.

 

Monica Manuel