What is My Mental Health Goal?

In the year and a half since I started this blog, I have undergone a positive transformation in regards to my mental health. I have started to prioritize healthiness over happiness, and that decision has paid dividends. But what are the long-term goals for my mental health? The reason I’m asking this question is because I don’t have an answer.

One of my most reliable coping strategies is living present and taking each moment as it comes. A speaker at a work event said something last week that stuck with me, and it’s an approach I realized I’d been taking with my mental health.

“Just make it through the next meal. If you can’t make it through the next meal, make it through the next hour. If you can’t make it through the next hour, make it through the next minute. And if you can’t make it through the next minute, make it through the next moment.” – Jon Sanchez

I’ve focused so much on getting through every hour, every minute, every moment, that I haven’t thought much about what I’m trying to accomplish. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; sometimes you have to use whatever you can to get through the day. But those days can add up, and sometimes knowing that you have a long-term goal to work toward is a source of inspiration and strength on the days when things aren’t so great. It’s been that way with other aspects of my life, and now I want it to happen with my mental health as well.

There is no shortage of information on setting and achieving goals (if you don’t believe me, just Google it), and while it’s a good place to start, you need to make sure that your goals are unique to you and your lifestyle. This is where I struggle! I don’t know how to cater goals to suit my needs, and the result is that no goals are made at all.

I could also chalk this up to not really feeling secure in what my purpose is at the moment. While I’m extremely excited about my impending move, I realize this decision will not provide more security, which makes having long-term goals all the more important. I guess it’s a step in the right direction that I’m even thinking about this; a year ago, having a long-term mental health goal was a pipe dream. I was just worried about making it to the next day. But now that I’m able, I’d like to figure out what it is I’m working toward. And when I have, I’ll be sure to let you know.

What are some of your long-term goals? Whether they’re mental-health related or not, I could certainly use some ideas!

Andrew Carengie

6 thoughts on “What is My Mental Health Goal?

  1. ashleyleia April 16, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    My goals are mostly short-term, and the future feels too uncertain at this point to set long-term goals.

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    • Nathan Smith April 16, 2019 / 4:42 pm

      I totally get that. Goal-setting of any type is admirable though, it’s good that you’re working at it!

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  2. AnxiousAmy April 16, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    I’m having trouble staying in the moment. I’d love to hear some of your tips for that practice.

    As far as long term goals- mine is getting to a place where my anxiety isn’t invited to the party my brain throws for it.

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    • Nathan Smith April 16, 2019 / 4:41 pm

      I have trouble staying in the moment as well, but I have some tips – maybe they can be in an upcoming post =) and that’s a great long-term goal! If there’s anything I can do to help you reach it let me know.

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  3. seaofwordsx April 23, 2019 / 8:43 am

    I’m struggling to find a job because of anxiety and it makes me uncomfortable and unmotivated so I guess I focus now more on short-term goals. Just to survive each day and do things I enjoy matter to me the most. I’m sure we will all get where we need to be.

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  4. Nathan Smith April 23, 2019 / 11:55 am

    I agree – I think we will all get where we need to be. Thank you for sharing – I wish you good luck on your job search!

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