Stress Management Goals

So I started this blog thinking that I would actually update it daily – yeah right.  Soon after creating this “masterpiece,” I started grad school and a new job, both of which took over my life.  Therefore, every waking moment has been dedicated to reading unending chapters of dry text aimed at transforming me into an amazingly skilled counselor.  I will say – I feel I will eventually be said ‘amazingly skilled counselor,’ as reading is not all that I’m doing.  It’s simply taking up the most time.

Anyway, one of my classes has required that I create 3 stress management goals to implement throughout the semester, hopefully teaching valuable stress management strategies, but also the importance of specific and measureable goals.  So, without further ado, here are my goals:

  1. Meditate twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:30am, for 15 minutes or more.
  2. Walk briskly/jog/run at least four times per week, Monday-Friday, for 15 minutes or more.
  3. Dedicate 3 hours or more per week to leisure activities, such as reading (for fun), watching a movie, cooking/baking, playing games, or visiting with friends, likely taking place on a Saturday or Sunday.

Alright.  Pretty noble and worthwhile goals, right?  So here’s the problem with each:

  1. First of all, I don’t even know how to meditate.  I think it would be really neat to learn and incorporate into my life on a r egular basis, but as of right now, I have no clue what to do.  Close my eyes and rid my mind of all thought?  (Nearly impossible with this OCD brain).  Listen to soothing music?  Engage in visualization?  Yeah, we’ll see how this goes…
  2. This goal is a “cheat” goal, aka one that I know I can accomplish.  I have a dog, who needs at least 2 daily walks…enoug h said.  Plus, I really enjoy running and working out in general.  Basically, this goal was established so that I could be successful in at least one of these – is that so bad?!
  3. Finally, this goal will likely be more easy to accomplish than I previously thought.  I didn’t originally factor into this goal that fact that football season is starting and I will easily spend 2-6 hours per week watching the Packers and/or Badgers crush their competition.

So there you have it.  My semester goals.  I once heard that the more people you tell about your goals, the more likely you are to accomplish them.  So, I’ll let you know how they go.  :) And I will definitely let you know if I ever learn to meditate (I see some Internet research and an email to my ‘zen-like’ aunt and uncle in my near future).

Wish me luck.