Self Reflection: Recognizing Limits for a Happier and Healthier You

Recognizing Limits

The path to achieving new goals is by recognizing limits. An important aspect of goal-setting is balance and ensuring that you don’t take on too much at a time. Below are some tips to achieve your goals without taking on too much at once.

With the start of a new year, comes a multitude of self-expectation and new goals to set and achieve. Remember, when recognizing limits; it doesn’t mean you are limited, it just means that you need to learn to pace yourself. The reality is that, the sky’s the limit!

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With the start of a new year, comes a multitude of self-expectation and new goals to set and achieve.

It’s great if your goal is ultimately to run a marathon, but you can’t run a mile, you have to set smaller goals so you don’t immediately shoot down your expectations. Start smaller with a 5k, or even a mile run, and slowly increase your goals as your skill level increases. You won’t be able to run a marathon overnight, but when you finally do reach your goal, the time and effort put into achieving it will have felt all the more worth it. You will also be less likely to be discouraged by setting smaller goals for yourself.

Take Days Off

In order to achieve your goals, consistency and working at your goal are definitely key. You won’t see results otherwise. A part of recognizing limits means that you need to pace yourself. If you are overworking yourself can become exhausting, and taking a rest day is imperative in recognizing your limits. A rest day will give you either a mental or physical break, and will ensure you get back on track the next day, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in order to take on the next challenge. Don’t consider a day off a waste of time, rather a way to recharge your batteries. 

Learn To Say No

It’s easy to always want to be a part of the action sometimes. If you’re starting to realize you have no time for yourself, you should start saying no sometimes instead of feeling tethered to a person (or people), a job or an activity.

Take Some Time To Yourself

This is similar to taking a rest day. Take some time for yourself doing something that you want to do, purely because you enjoy it. This will help you to pause, reset, and figure out what actually makes you happy so you don’t waste time biting off more than you can chew. You’ll feel better investing your time in fewer things, but at the same time focusing on what makes you happy. 

Try Journaling

Turning to writing is always a cathartic means to channel your feelings. Putting down on paper the things you’re doing can help you to see where you’re overextending yourself and can help you divide your time in a more effective manner.

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Adiel S. is an NYC-based recent graduate from Binghamton University, where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing and economics. She is an avid runner, with hopes to run a marathon one day, as well as a vegetarian and amateur chef. She loves to work out, read and watch Gilmore Girls in her free time.

4 Comments on “Self Reflection: Recognizing Limits for a Happier and Healthier You”

  1. This is so true: Turning to writing is always a cathartic means to channel your feelings.”.. These are great ways because I always push my limits. Such a hard lesson to learn!

  2. Recognizing your limits is a crucial step in becoming a better/healthier person. By overworking yourself or going past your limits, it doesn’t motivate you to continue but rather makes you want to stop. By doing everything in a healthy moderation, it allows you to find where your limits are and help you find reasonable goals. The tips in this article are very helpful to be able to do that. Especially when dealing with a chronic illness, these tips can be beneficial on the way to recovery

  3. I used to work myself to the maximum everyday. I worked 12 hour shifts at my job, every day of the week. I began to feel extremely tired and began to become depressed. After work, I didn’t feel like doing anything except going to bed. I dreaded what was upcoming and was simply unhappy. After almost a year living like that, I quit that job and found an easier, less stress one. I began to follow some of the tips listed above ,like excerise daily and take days off, and immediately I felt like a much better person. I began to enjoy what I did everyday and loved my life. Simply by recognizing my limits, I changed as a person and had a new lease on life

  4. I used to work for as a Vice President in a large business in the heart of New York. The job was extremely stressful. I had time to do nothing during the day except work and could barely sleep at night. My family constantly urged me to find a new job and I would always refuse to. Until a month ago, I decided I had had enough and that it was time to move on. After I quit, I began to do some of the things this article outlines. I found what my limit was and I worked around it. Immediately, I began to be able to enjoy my day and sleep great at night. I was able to focus on the important things and didn’t have to constantly be worrying about work. I have never been more happy!

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