21 Mental Health Goals for 2021

[Disclaimer: I am not a medical or mental health professional! Just a girl sharing her experiences and life lessons!]

Mental Health Goals in Lockdown

I was originally hoping to add more outdoor adventures to my list of mental health goals for 2021.

However, it seems 2021 is starting us off indoors with another wave of isolation, repetition and introspection. We’re under Tier 4 Covid restrictions here in Wales, just across the border from a third national lockdown in England. Here’s hoping that things settle and restrictions ease soon enough.

I know many people are increasingly suffering with their mental health right now under the current conditions. So, if you’re looking for some basic ways to take care of yourself and promote positive mental well-being during this difficult time, you’ve come to the right place!

It’s strange because, as everything is very insular right now, there’s extra emphasis on self-development and self-care. But at the same time, emotional struggles, apathy and hopelessness are heightened. It’s creating a bit of an expectation-versus-reality paradox.

Setting Mental Health Goals While Struggling

When you’re in a really bad place mentally, just focusing on simple daily tasks is key. Sticking to a routine and rhythm will help combat feelings of instability. Setting small, achievable goals each day can help you feel productive, and gives you something to strive for. Giving your energy and attention to nurturing and nourishing yourself can promote self-love, even if you feel unworthy (you’re not!).

Here are 21 mental health goals for 2021 that prioritize basic self-care and daily functioning. These are things that I myself am trying to stick to most days. On busy work days, it is difficult to meet all your goals and that’s okay.

They’re things to strive for but they’re not obligations. Perfectionism will only negate the purpose of aiming to improve or stabilize your mental health. If you achieve five things on this list in a day, you’ve already done brilliantly by prioritizing your mental health and self-care.

I hope they bring you some inspiration for mental health goal-setting, but don’t feel obliged to stick to all 21 exactly. You know what’s appropriate and beneficial for yourself, and your mental and physical well-being.

21 Mental Health Goals for 2021

So here we go:

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep every night
  2. Make your bed every morning
  3. Pick out outfits the night before and have them laid out ready
  4. Write out goals/to-do list the night before
  5. Do skincare routine every morning
  6. Practice gratitude everyday
  7. Check emails every morning to avoid falling into an anxiety cycle
  8. Eat intuitively and enjoyably
  9. Listen to one mental health-related podcast daily, while working, walking or resting
  10. Drink 90oz water each day
  11. Do stretches/10 minutes of yoga daily
  12. Use the Pomodoro method when working – 25 minutes of uninterrupted work, then 5 minute break
  13. Spend some time doing a non-work related hobby
  14. Go for a short walk
  15. Listen to an energizing playlist
  16. Chat to a partner, friend or family member
  17. Be mindful of caffeine consumption
  18. Wash the dishes before going to bed
  19. Do some journaling exercises to start re-framing your thoughts, putting a positive spin on a negative belief (you can read more about how to start re-framing your thoughts, transforming your mindset and starting to love yourself right here)
  20. Write down three good things you did today
  21. Use the Headspace or Calm app to help fall asleep

Mental Health and Social Media

I hope this short list brings you some inspiration for your own mental health goal-setting. Why not start off with aiming for five a day according to your priorities and gradually building up over time?

Baby steps lead to big transformations, so don’t feel pressured to become a wellness guru overnight.

Mental health is unpredictable, fragile, painful and sometimes ugly. It’s often a fight. Remember you’re doing this for you and your future, not for anybody else. Real recovery is rarely Instagrammable.

That doesn’t mean you can’t share resources and offer support on social media of course, but there’s a behind the scenes that people don’t often show online. On the flip side, if you’re doing well and feeling good, that doesn’t make your struggles any less valid or important.

A lot of nuance often gets lost in translation in social media and feelings become very black and white. Sometimes you just need to put your blinkers on and concentrate solely on yourself.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2021 (as much as possible!) full of self-love 🤍

I’ll be back with a new post on Thursday!

Love,

Pip
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