How I Set Goals With A Chronic Illness | 6 Tips

Ive been wanting to write about this for a long time because I have really struggled over the years of being to set goals and Im sure most of you with chronic illnesses can relate. You probably set way too many goals for someone who is ill and I bet you beat yourself up when you cant reach those goals. I've come a long way with this so I wanted to share my tips with you all. Some may be common sense but I wanted to include them because sometimes we need to see the obvious options.

1. Be realistic
Are you really going to be able to physically deep clean your entire house, go food shopping, organise your wardrobe and meet friends 3 times in a week? Probably not. So instead of setting big goals try spreading them out and be realistic. If you want to deep clean your your home then try to aim to just hoover one day and dust the other or if you need to set smaller goals then thats ok. Having a massive to-do list with 30 tasks on it isnt realistic and it will only make you feel crappy if you cant complete them.

2. Set weekly goals rather than daily ones
Setting goals for the week rather than daily ones gives you plenty of time to complete them and you dont need to feel bad if you arent well enough to do something one day because you still have the rest of the week to do that thing.

3. Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It doesnt make you any less of a person and people who really care about you wont mind helping you out. Its taken me a few years to be able to ask for help without feeling guilty. Ask you mum, one of your siblings or a friend to help you with the cooking or any task you have.

4. Give yourself plenty of time
Dont set a goal that needs to be done last minute because that will only be stressful and thats the last thing anyone needs. Set your goals ahead of time, again, I recommend setting weekly goals rather than daily ones.

5. Dont beat yourself up if you cant reach them. Its not the end of the world.
Theres always tomorrow. If you cant reach the goals you set for yourself one day then try again the day after. Your illness is unpredictable and you need to take care of yourself so don't stress about not reaching your goals. Its not the end of the world.

6. Categorise your goals
List your most important goals, ones you’d like to do and ones that would be a bonus. So, for me I like to write down my important goals like ordering my prescription at the top of my list and things like putting my clothes away at the bottom of my list.

Im not perfect and I still struggle with over doing things or neglecting certain tasks but my biggest piece of advice is DONT BEAT YOURSELF UP. Its only going to make you feel crappy and it will probably trigger a flare up.

I hope some of these tips can help you out.

If you have any tips to share please comment them down below.

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