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The benefits of goal setting
Having a set of meaningful (and achievable) goals gives you something to work toward and can increase many people’s sense of purpose.
Taking the time to set personal goals is a good opportunity to reflect. It allows you to think about the things you truly value in life and find ways to achieve them—or continue enjoying them—depending on your situation. And, research shows that goal setting can help people living with relapsing MS cope with their unique and changing needs1, as well as build their self-confidence.2
Just remember: having realistic expectations for your goals is important if you want to be successful in achieving them.1 If you’re too ambitious you increase the risk of disappointment, which means you’ll miss out on the sense of accomplishment and confidence that often comes from reaching a goal.
Likewise, when you start your goal planning, you may want to consider focusing on things that can be achieved over the course of days or a few weeks to increase your chances of success. (For example, a study on how goal setting can help people with MS deal with fatigue indicates short-term goals are more likely to be reached than long-term goals1.)
Whatever course your relapsing MS takes, it’s important to set your sights on things that matter to you. Working toward your personal goals—whatever they may be—may help you maintain your self-confidence and self-esteem and feel more in control. But when creating goals, try to keep them grounded in what can be achieved in the here and now. Goals that are too lofty or take too long are less likely to be completed.
Interested in setting some meaningful, short-term goals but aren’t sure where to start? Here are some ideas to consider. Remember to talk to your healthcare provider about any health-related goals before you begin!
- Walk for at least ten minutes a day for a month. (This can be modified depending on personal mobility. Ask your healthcare team what might be right for you.)
- Eat at least three healthy meals a week.
- Get at least eight hours of sleep—five nights a week—for two months.
- Call a friend or family member at least once a week—for one month—to alleviate feelings of loneliness.
- Check in with Living Well once a month to find at least one new tip regrading life with MS