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Audrey Masitsa, Life Hacks, Lifestyle, Wellness

Three goals you should set in 2023

Three goals you should set in 2023

Like many, the start of the new year for me comes with the need for reflection and goal setting. This year in particular, I’ve had to go back to the drawing board when it comes to my goals. 

For you to have a breakthrough you must have a break down.

By November 2022, I felt like my whole life had turned upside down. Many things that I held dear – relationships, work, family – started falling apart. This caught me completely off-guard. I had expected them to last either until I was ready to let them go or until the end of time. Unfortunately, you can’t control the universe. It was decided for me that some of these things had to go and painful though it was, I let them go. Where I felt it was unfair, I let the universe vindicate me. The rest I told myself that it wasn’t meant to be. I took the month of December to lick my wounds.

As we rang in the new year, I knew it was time to rebuild. This meant setting goals and setting up systems that will help me change my life and take charge of it.

If you’ve been through a similar experience, below are three goals you can set in 2023.

  • Finances

One lesson that I’ve learned is that if your finances are alright, half of your worries will be gone. 

Financial goals can look like:

  • Increasing your income by getting a higher paying job or starting a side hustle
  • Creating and sticking to a budget
  • Paying off debt
  • Opening or growing your investment portfolio
  • Starting or increasing your savings and emergency fund
  • Setting up a retirement fund
  • Increasing your financial knowledge

If you’re wondering where to start, Susan Wanjiku gives excellent lessons on managing your finances and building wealth.

Taking charge of your finances will help reduce some of your anxiety

 

  • Physical health

Over the last few years I slowly and unknowingly neglected my physical health. I barely ate and when I did, I didn’t include all the food groups especially fruits (which have become the bane of my existence). As a result, I lost a lot of weight and my immunity wasn’t too good.

Exercising was the last thing on my mind. I didn’t move my body as much as I should have.

When working on your physical health, you can set goals such as:

  • Eating a well-balanced meal at least three times a day
  • Opting for healthy snacks such as nuts, yoghurt, popcorn, fruit, etc.
  • Drinking more water
  • Moving your body for at least half an hour every day. This could be through doing a dedicated workout, yoga or simply going for a walk
  • Get enough sleep
  • Schedule checkups with your doctor, gynaecologist and dentist and actually go to them

Remember these will depend on your overall physical health goals. Any drastic changes you might want to make should be done in consultation with your doctor.

Take the time to enjoy a sumptuous meal

 

  • Mental health

This year I’m making a concerted effort to work on my mental health. By the end of 2022, it became clear to me that I needed to prioritize my mental health. This meant having regular therapy sessions, and making time each day to do something towards getting me to a good place. This included unlearning and relearning many of my habits and coping mechanisms.

Some goals that you can set towards better mental health include:

  • Get a therapist and have regular sessions
  • Do a life audit and remove anyone and anything that doesn’t fit (people who trigger or gaslight you or who are a negative influence)
  • Create and follow a daily self-care routine
  • Reduce time spent scrolling social media
  • Make time to rest 
  • Go outside, breath in the fresh air and soak up some sun
  • Socialize. Meet with your friends and family
  • Do something creative
  • Write in your journal everyday
Make time to rest and recuperate

While this is not an exhaustive list, it can steer you towards taking charge of your life. Remember, this is your year. Make yourself a priority. With better finances, physical and mental health, you’ll be well equipped to show up for yourself and others.

What other areas are you working on this year?

Thank you for stopping by and happy new year!

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