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Goal setting with Chronic Illness

When you have a chronic illness it is difficult to predict how you will feel from one day to the next. It often can feel like your life and control have been taken from you. Honestly, living like this is not easy and often quite defeating. One thing I have always found to be helpful and give me purpose is to sit down and write out my goals and how I am working toward them. It helps to remind me what I am working toward and makes all the hard work worth it!

One method of goal setting is SMART goals:


M: Measurable

A: Achievable

R: Relevant

T: Time-Bound

One way of thinking about this is if you want to start a graded exercise program, instead of saying “I want to exercise more” you can write ”I will ride my recumbent bike 5 minutes, 5 days a week at 5 pm after getting off work. I will increase to 7 minutes after 1 week of my energy staying stable or improving which I will track in my journal”

@standinguptopots Episode 130 of The POTscast does a great job talking about some more ways of putting this into action!

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