Your goals matter, they are necessary for life. Setting the right goals and having a plan to achieve them is necessary to make the difference between a happy, well-rounded and less stressed lifestyle. However, goals can also be a source of stress, which is why many people give up on setting new goals in their lives. It’s hard to keep pursuing your goals if you don’t achieve success with them, and it’s easy to overlook your goals if you don’t know the best way to set them and work towards them.

If you want to achieve your goals but not have stress to achieve them, then you should follow the following tips.

Stress-free goals

What you experience as ‘stress’ is actually an interplay of events that happen in life and your thoughts and the resulting emotional reactions to those events. How you perceive those stressors and your emotional responses to those perceptions is what triggers the body’s stress response, leading to the most heightened stress experience.

Therefore, an important goal of stress management is to examine thoughts about stressors, which can change your feelings and responses to stress. Another goal of stress management is to minimize the stressors you experience on a typical day. Both goals are important, and both require some foresight.

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The role of goals in personal happiness

Another area of ​​life that is closely related to stress and stress management is happiness and personal satisfaction. The growing field of positive psychology has been examining what factors contribute to happiness and resilience (rather than just studying unhappiness and pathology), and has identified several goals that, if met, can lead to greater happiness, satisfaction and general resistance to stress. 

So instead of just setting goals that minimize or manage stress, setting goals that lead to the opposite of stress can also be an effective route to a less stressed lifestyle.

What goals to set

If you feel stressed to the point of giving up on your goals , then you will need to focus on the goals you want to minimize the stress it causes you. If you are feeling general stress, but nothing too serious, and you are finding a general lack of satisfaction, it is a good idea to set some goals for stress management, but also to focus on goals that promote happiness and meaning in the life. life.

Either way, the stress relief should come from your goals , but it’s a matter of degree. It is a good idea to be aware of what goals will lead to different results. Set goals by priority and categories, listing the ones that are most important and that you can review from time to time.

How to keep goals

Some goals are short-term: take an exam , finish a project at work, or find a good relationship. However, many goals that will help with stress management, happiness, and resilience tend to be long-term ongoing goals: regular exercise, maintaining relationships, practicing meditation on an ongoing basis. These goals can be a bit more challenging, but very rewarding to maintain, and are ultimately what can lead to a better life experience.

There are a few tips for sticking to goals or adopting healthy habits:

    • Set the right goals.
    • Establish small, concrete steps.
    • Reward yourself for going your way.
  • Bear in mind that there may be setbacks and errors in the process.

Most people drop goals because they set their goals too high (or the wrong goals for their lifestyle), try to do too much at first, do not congratulate themselves on making progress towards their goals along the way, and give up if they have a recoil. Reaching goals in a realistic way, even if it takes a little longer, can mean the difference between sticking to goals and hitting one goal after another, and giving up early, abandoning goals altogether. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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