Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals

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Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals

Creating mental health goals is a great way to take charge of your wellbeing. Reaching those goals, though, can be frustrating (Let Your New Year's Goals Lead You to Happiness). Here are some tips for achieving the mental health goals you set for yourself.

A commonly used formula for working toward goals is the acronym SMART. This system provides a guideline for creating goals (Reasonable Expectations, Healthy Goals and Mental Illness). According to the SMART system, make your mental health goals

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Creating SMART mental health goals helps ensure success. Sometimes, though, that acronym alone is a bit sterile. When you create deeply meaningful goals, achieving them is absolutely in your power. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Be intentional; what outcome do you want for yourself and your life, and why? How will things be different when you reach it?
  • Create a plan that includes taking small steps toward your mental health goal every day.
  • Keep your wording positive—what you do want rather than what you don't want. Stating, "I will enjoy 15 minutes outdoors every day," is much more empowering than "I won't sit inside all day."

By setting mental health goals and following these tips for achieving them, you take charge of your wellbeing.

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Peterson, T. (2016, January 20). Tips for Achieving Your Mental Health Goals, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: October 12, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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