Weekend: Mental Health Moment

By JAMIE WILKINSON-FRANKS
We are well into 2014. Time already seems to be going so quickly with snowstorms, freezing temperatures, school, work, family and practices.
With the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to forget those goals that we set for ourselves with the start of the new year.
Lots of people talk about resolutions and making them. Yet the real question remains, how do people set these goals or resolutions and keep working towards them?
There are a few important strategies for success.
First, create a goal that you genuinely intend to keep and make it specific. For instance, eating healthier: “I will eat healthier by having fruit to snack on when I am hungry for something sweet and will have more vegetables with meals.”
Part of being successful with your goal is to know why you want to achieve it: “I want to eat healthier because I worry about the last blood work results that I got from the doctor and want to be around to see my grandchildren.”
Secondly, share these goals with others. This could be a good way to enhance family discussions and make stronger bonds.
When we let people know what we are working toward, there is excitement or encouragement that is shared. When a goal is left to bounce around in your own head, it is easy to dismiss or forget it.
Lastly, think about how others can help you reach your goal. When they notice that you haven’t eaten any vegetables or fruit, give them permission to call that to your attention. These strategies are great tools to keep you accountable and successful.
In an effort to practice what I preach, my goal for 2014 is to submit articles for these columns every due date with the hope that they will run approximately every six weeks. If you don’t see them in here, feel free to shoot me an email and hold me accountable.
Hope you are staying warm!
Wilkinson-Franks is a licensed independent social worker with JWF Counseling, Findlay. If you have a mental health question, please write to: Mental Health Moment, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839.

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