Setting SMART Goals for Mental Health in 2023

Introduction: The start of a new year is an opportunity to reassess our goals and dreams. As we enter into 2023 and look towards the future, it’s important to set realistic mental health goals that are achievable by the end of 2023. These tips will help you set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely) mental health goals that will lead to success.


  1. Get Specific – When setting your mental health goals for 2023, be sure to be as specific as possible. Instead of saying “I want to feel better mentally” try specifying what exactly it is you would like your mental health journey to accomplish by the end of 2023. Examples include “I would like to have more control over my emotions” or “I would like to practice mindfulness every day”.
  2. Make It Measurable – Your goal should have a way of being evaluated or measured so that you can track your progress throughout the year. This could include small benchmarks such as going on a 10-minute walk every day or completing an online course on coping with stress in six months’ time. Having measurable goals allows you to stay motivated and focused on achieving them.
  3. Set Attainable Goals – While it’s great to dream big, your mental health goals for 2023 should be realistic and achievable within the allotted timeframe. To ensure that your goal is attainable, break down your objectives into smaller tasks that are easier to manage and complete over time. This will help you stay organized and motivated during the process instead of feeling overwhelmed by one large task that is too difficult or complex for you to handle alone.
  4. Make It Relevant – Your goal should be directly related to improving your overall mental wellbeing in some way or another; this could include anything from learning how to practice self-care regularly or finding ways to reduce stress levels in everyday life. Choosing a goal that is meaningful and relevant can help make the process more enjoyable while keeping you focused on achieving it successfully by the end of 2023
  5. Stick To A Timeline – Once you have determined what kind of goal(s) you would like to achieve by the end of 2023, decide how long it will take for each step within the process and keep track of when each task needs to be completed in order for you stay on schedule with minimal delays or setbacks along the way. Doing so will prevent any procrastination from taking away valuable time needed for reaching your end goal before 2024 rolls around!


Setting SMART mental health goals for 2023 doesn’t have to be intimidating! By following these five tips—getting specific, making it measurable, setting attainable goals, making it relevant, and sticking with a timeline—you can easily set yourself up for success this upcoming year! Remember: don’t forget about self-care while chasing after your dreams—it’s just as important as achieving them! Good luck!