Ever woke feeling overwhelmed by worthless guilt? I’m talking about minor instances such as waking up next to a 2 when you went to bed with a 10, sleeping in too late when you have the day off or burning out on a Netflix series rather than burying your head in a book.
What is that all about?
Believing relaxation and indulgence should be earned, I’ve come to realize that I suffer from petty guilt when I haven’t worked for my rest and recovery. Luckily, the remedy is rather straight forward.
Re-evaluate goals and adjust accordingly.
We’ve all made the mistake of setting lofty goals, failing to follow through, and beating ourselves up after the fact. I too, was inclined to set outrageous goals, miss the mark and shamefully give up on them. I’m adopting a far better approach.
Don’t trash the goal. Redesign the goal.
Instead of vowing to quit drinking for two months, try limiting consumption to once a week, and only in a celebratory environment. Rather than striving to wake up at 7am every morning and snoozing until 8, set the alarm for 8am, and refuse to snooze. Instead of promising to run 4 times a week, perhaps start with once a week.
Setting small, feasible goals leads to accomplishment and ultimately diminishes guilt. Give it a try. I guarantee you’ll wake much lighter!