Setting Realistic Health Goals

It’s finally 2021. And with every New Year comes resolutions and goals for the year ahead. But do you know how to set an achievable goal for you or your family?

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I recently asked a teenage patient what goals they would like to work on and got the response: “to lose weight.” It’s not an uncommon goal, but unfortunately it’s also not a realistic way to approach said goal. So we continued to dive into this during our visit.

I asked questions like: What specific steps would you have to take to lose weight? What do we feel is manageable at this time? Why is this goal important to you? What are realistic and age-appropriate weight-loss goals?

It’s important to note that sometimes in a child or teen, weight maintenance alone is an appropriate goal. I find that those who make broad goals and then don’t achieve

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Achieving Professional Goals while Nurturing Your Mental Health

While I am not a doctor, I am a strong advocate for mental health and believe in the importance of encouraging others to prioritize their well-being and take proactive steps to care for their mental health.

In today’s fast-paced and competitive professional landscape, it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of our goals and overlook the significance of our mental well-being. However, the truth is that maintaining good mental health is crucial for long-term success and fulfillment.

In this article, we will explore the importance of prioritizing mental health while striving to achieve professional goals and discuss practical strategies to strike a healthy balance.

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Professional Success:

Achieving professional goals often requires dedication, hard work, and perseverance. While these qualities are essential, they can sometimes lead to neglecting mental health. However, research shows that good mental health is directly linked to increased

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