Setting Self-Care Goals

Setting Self-Care Goals

When was the last time you set self-care goals?

Any time of year is the right time to take care of yourself. However, the holiday season is the perfect reminder to take a step back and think of what you need to do to have more of that essential work-life balance.

Last month, I posted a self-care goal every day as part of #BeNicetoYou November. Here are some of the highlights.

10 Self-Care Goals

1. Take a Walk. Walking gives you a physical and mental boost. It can be short or long; around the block/your home. The point is to give yourself a break, step away from your computer, and shake up your routine. 

2. Set a Dream Goal. Part of self care is allowing yourself to dream. What do you want to do? To create? Reach for the stars.

3. Set an Attainable Goal. In addition to dream goals, it's important to give yourself some easy wins.

4. Meditate. Whether it's 5, 15, or 50 minutes, take some time to sit still, breathe, and reconnect.

5. Start a Project. Bonus points if you choose a back-burner project.

6. Take a Dance Break. This is my favorite way to hit the reset button.

7. Learn Something. Want to pick up a new hobby, language, or skill? Spend some quality time on YouTube, and educated yourself.

8. Disconnect. Take a few hours to unplug and chill out.

9. Curl Up. With a good book, a puzzle, or your phone.

10. Make Soup. Preparing and enjoying comfort food - soup or otherwise - is the ultimate self-care goal.

Make a point to do something to take care of yourself each day, Whether it's a few minutes or an hour. Your body will thank you. Plus, you will be happier and much more productive,

Read all of my November self-care goals.

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So, what do you think? How do you take care of yourself? Please share your thoughts and experience in the comments.

Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals. A writer, editor and project catalyst, as well as founder of the D*E*B METHOD and Write On Online, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages, host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat and #GoalChatLive on Facebook, and a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, these are great tips for giving ourselves some self-care. I like #8, disconnect. I've been doing that the past two days, not completely, but have slowed down quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks, Karen. That "disconnect" is so important any time of year. We all need balance between work-time, me-time, and connected-time!

Terry Whalin said...


Terrific ideas in this article for every writer. We need to balance and focus on ourselves as well as our writing. With the pandemic, my weight had increased and my blood pressure. My wife and I have been working on eating better the last few months and I'm currently at my lowest weight in years and my blood pressure is back to normal. I'm not eating anything fun and it has taken a lot of work but possible for anyone in the self-care area.


Joan Edwards said...

Dear Debra,
Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

Never Give Up

Debra Eckerling said...

Good for you, Terry! That recovery is amazing! I actually started on health kick fall 2019 - and thank goodness my healthy habits were in high gear by the time of iso, or I would have had issues!

And thank you for your comment, Joan!

deborah lyn said...

Debra, This list of 10 is the best self-care goals I've seen! And key to #Start2021now. Starting early has helped me make adjustments to goal plans. It's not easy to face the fact that some items or projects need modification, if not a new beginning. Thanks to your "Your Goal Guide" book step-outs it's easier to make the needed changes with meditative consideration, a reset break, and time to unplug. Best always, deborah lyn

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your kind words, Deborah, and your lovely comment, Thrilled Your Goal Guide has been so helpful for you! Happy #Start2021Now New Year! - Deb

lastpg said...

Debra, no wonder you're so good at what you do! These goals are the best I've heard of and look so tantalizing and enjoyable to try, I can't wait to get started! Oh yeah, I can start right now! Here I go! Seriously, I've made a copy and am going to put it in my calendar as a daily reminder from now on.

Debra Eckerling said...

That's wonderful! Thank you very much. Best of luck with your #SelfCare goals!

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