In my post about the Life Balance Wheel, I gave a few goal ideas to inspire you to create meaningful goals for each of the 8 life domains. The 8 life domains got me thinking about the 6 domains of self care and how it’s a good idea to actually set self care goals! So with all this talk about goals in the month of January, I thought it would be good idea to give you guys some more specific goal ideas that can help you nourish your mind, body, and soul. I know it’s not always easy to come up with goal ideas off the top of your head so I want to provide you with that inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.
To refresh your memory, the 6 domains of self care are:
- Personal: all about you and learning to better understand yourself as a person
- Physical: nurturing your basic physical needs/physical health
- Emotional: your emotional intelligence/how you process and cope with your emotions
- Psychological: your mental state. Self care activities that help you to keep a clear head and a positive mindset
- Spiritual: getting in touch with your spiritual/religious beliefs
- Professional: workplace wellness. Self care on the job
Now let’s get into some specific goals that you can set for each domain of self care!
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Self Care Goals for the 6 Domains
Personal Self Care Goals
- Spend 30 minutes a day with yourself: This is a pretty broad goal, in that you can spend those 30 minutes doing almost anything you like that helps you get in touch with yourself. For me, this is essentially a bed time self care ritual where I’ll do things like journal, meditate, read, paint, etc. Something that doesn’t involve your laptop or cell phone.
- Create a vision board: I’ve been talking a lot about vision boards, but that’s because I really believe in them and how effective they can be for personal growth and goal setting. The entire creative process of the vision board can be used as a self care ritual (use it as your “me time!”). Then, once it’s done, it works to keep you inspired, and motivated, and helps with maintaining a positive mindset >>> Related: How to Create a Vision Board with Intention & Purpose
- Spend an hour a week learning about (insert new interesting topic/passion): This goal is also related to spending quality “me time,” because…well…that’s exactly what it is. Spend the time researching/reading/watching videos about a new interest of yours (or an existing passion!). For example, I’ve really gotten into crystal healing/spiritual growth lately, so I’ve been spending time reading blog posts and watching Youtube videos about it so I can learn more. So pick any topic that interests you and keep learning! You don’t have to be in school to learn about a particular subject. Learning a new language also fits perfectly into this goal for personal self care.
Physical Self Care Goals
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day OR
- Go to sleep 15 minutes earlier every day until you reach your ideal bed time: This is a good goal for the night owls out there who want to get more sleep, but are struggling in actually getting more sleep. Adults generally need 6-8 hours a sleep a night to feel on top of their game the next morning. Sleep is super important for self care, so if you’re feeling fatigued often from a lack of sleep, look into ways to help you fall asleep faster and get the rest you need.
- Do 30 minutes of physical exercise 3x a week: This one is pretty self explanatory and a very common goal especially at the start of the new year. Exercise, like sleep, is really important for physical self care!
- Limit eating out to 3x per month: The amount of times per month you set for this goal will vary depending on your current eating habits. If you’re the type who eats out every single at work, consider starting at “once/twice a week” and gradually decrease the amount.
Emotional Self Care Goals
- Recite a positive affirmation every morning: You might find this weird at first, but it can really help in shaping your mindset for the day. It also helps to train your brain into thinking positive, and boosts your self confidence. Check out this amazing list of 101 positive affirmations to get started! I recommend choosing a new one to live by every week.
- Meditate 3x per week: You can start with two or three times a week, and increase it to every day if you find it’s something you enjoy! Meditation can honestly be placed under almost all of the self care domains so it’s just an awesome self care goal to have overall. It’s something I’ve only recently started doing myself, and it really helps to clear my mind and set my intentions for the day ahead of me.
- Spend time with friends (outside of work) 2x per month: Emotional self care has a lot to do with our connections with other people. No matter how shy or introverted you are, it’s still important to have close relationships with others and spend time around other like-minded, positive individuals. Make it a priority to squeeze some socializing into your month.
Psychological Self Care Goals
- Read 1 book per month: It doesn’t have to be a self-help book either. If you’re into fiction then go for it! Reading is always a good idea for the mind. This is actually a goal I’m setting for myself, because I bought so many books, but it takes me WAY too long to get through one.
- Journal 3x per week: This is another one where you can start at 2 or 3 times per week and gradually increase it. Journaling is amazing for self reflection, setting intentions, personal growth, releasing your emotions and more.
- Declutter your space by (insert date): On January 1st, I shared on Twitter that I rearranged/decluttered my room and felt like a whole new woman. It was SO refreshing
Spiritual Self Care Goals
- Cultivate a daily prayer/manifestation practice: This is honestly the core of spiritual self care for me. It’s basically whatever you need to do to get in touch with your beliefs such as praying, or meditating. Basically, making it a daily habit will get you feeling closer to what you believe in, and increase positive feelings about the world around you.
- Start a spiritual journal and use it every time you practice your beliefs: You can implement this goal along with the goal above this one. Journal about what you’re praying for, what you visualize while you meditate, or what you’re trying to manifest in your life.
- Identify your spiritual community and engage with them 1x per week: This could be going to church, talking with friends who have similar spiritual beliefs as you, joining a meditation class, etc.
Professional Self Care Goals
- Plan a vacation for (insert date): Use some of that vacation time! Get excited and plan a trip, you won’t regret it.
- Redecorate/declutter your work space by (insert date): This is the same concept as the reorganizing your room goal! A clear space = a clear mind, and a clear mind = more productivity.
- Turn off your work cell/e-mail when you walk out of the office: This of course only applies if you have a work cell or e-mail, but if you do, this is super important. Don’t bring work home with you.
- Step away from your desk every day for lunch: a change of scenery = a fresh mindset. Even going to the break room is good enough. The point is, don’t eat your lunch while you’re working at your desk. You deserve to take that 30 minutes to an hour for yourself.
Now don’t run off and try to accomplish all of these goals at once. That’s overwhelming, and overwhelm is definitely not helpful when it comes to self care. Overwhelm just leads to burn out. Choose a goal or two to focus on each month, especially if they’re goals that require a lot of effort on your part. For example, some of the physical self care goals, such as increasing water intake, are easier to tackle than say, meditating every day. Choose a few goals that go well together and start implementing them into your life. Which self care do main do you think needs the most improvement? What are some self care goals that you’ve set for yourself that I didn’t include on this list? Let me know in the comments below!