Setting goals is an important tool in life, providing you with a sense of purpose and giving you the drive needed to get out of bed every morning. Working toward goals helps you feel fulfilled and generally leads to more positive feelings.
But what happens to your goals and dreams when someone you care for passes away? While it's common to feel low and let goals fall by the wayside during the grieving process, you can take some small steps to help you heal. One More Thing Before You Go presents some ideas to help you find your way.
Find Your Passion With Education
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult. It can make you question the life you lead and whether or not you can make any changes to help you lead a life you love. When going through a stressful time, it's important to keep your passions close to you. But what if you're not sure what those passions are? Simple! Find out through education.
You can go back to school at any age and pursue a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. program that works for you. Full-time, part-time, and evening options are available in a range of programs. You can even attend classes online from your Arizona home, so you can work and handle your other responsibilities simultaneously. Working toward a new degree can ignite passions you didn't know you had and open doors to new job opportunities.
When choosing a degree or school, do your homework beforehand. Make sure the tuition is competitive and the university is accredited. Furthering your education is a great way to instill confidence in yourself when going through a difficult time.
It's important to look after yourself when grieving the loss of a loved one. While the grieving process can be all-consuming, it's easy to put your needs on the back burner. Setting small goals that prioritize your self-care is a great way to engage in more helpful healing. Try some of the following to help you focus on your own self-care:
- Exercise for 10 minutes three days a week. Exercising for a short amount of time doesn't seem as intimidating as a long fitness session. If you feel good, keep going. If you don't, stop after 10 minutes. It's completely up to you.
- Turn your phone off at a set time every night. This forces you to stop aimlessly scrolling and instead focus on getting some much-needed rest.
- Journal for five minutes every night before bed. This is a great way to let your feelings out and track your progress.
- Do something you love for 10 minutes each day. This may be cooking, reading a book, or listening to your favorite band. The goal is to enjoy yourself.
- Complete a guided meditation three days a week. There are lots of helpful resources online to help you on a meditation journey if you've never done it before.
Create Goals Today
While creating goals during your grieving process can be intimidating, there are small steps you can take to help you prioritize your well-being and assist in healthy healing. Pursue an education, prioritize self-care, or listen to an engaging podcast at One More Thing Before You Go to start feeling better today.