- Psychological Issues
At times, depression and bipolar disorder make it seem difficult to set a goal for yourself. It might feel almost impossible to think about the things that you hope for or care about. But goal-setting is an important part of wellness, no matter where you are on your path to recovery. Work on what you can when you can.
To help determine what goals you’d like to set, ask yourself:
It helps to start small and work up to larger goals. You might want to begin by setting one small goal for yourself at the beginning of each day. As you become more confident, look at the different areas of your life and think about your short and long term goals.
Examples of short-term goals:
Examples of long-term goals
Remember to take small steps at first. Looking at a goal such as “move to a new city” can be difficult to visualize and plan all at once. Ask yourself – what do you need to do first? What can you do now that will eventually help you reach this goal?
Two goals you might start with are getting well and staying well. Start by asking yourself these questions.
What am I like when I am feeling/doing well?
What are some of the things that help me maintain or regain the quality of life that I like?
What can I do to maintain my wellness?
Early Warning Signs
What early warning signs of my illness have I noticed or been told about by others?
What can I do when these warning signs happen?
1. State as clearly as possible in a positive manner what it is that you want to create in your life.
2. Be clear why you want this and how your life will be different once you achieve this goal.
3. Understand what you have going for you to help you achieve this goal.
4. Understand the challenges that exist.
5. Be especially aware of the negative self-talk that sabotages and undermines your attempts to succeed.
6. Be clear about what you need to achieve this goal in terms of skills, resources, support systems, etc.
7. List the 3-5 major actions that you need to take to start moving toward this goal.
8. Think of ways to care for yourself as you work to achieve this goal.
9. Stay focused on what you want to create, not on the difficulties you might be having.
10. Be easy on yourself! Have fun! Enjoy it! Enjoy life!