Where To Start – How to Set and Achieve Realistic Physical Therapy Goals
3 guidelines to set and achieve realistic physical therapy goals
We get it – you’re busy, overwhelmed, pulled in a million and one directions. And you’re trying to tackle self-care. Having trouble sticking with it? Use these 3 guidelines to set and achieve realistic physical therapy goals that fit your schedule.
How much time do you really have? 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes? Evaluate your typical day. Look for areas where you already have open time or where you can easily rearrange your schedule. Communicate the time you actually have available, we want your goals to be achievable without creating stress.
What do you really really really want to achieve? Focus on 1-2 targets at a time. This helps us direct interventions and potential homework toward whatever is most important to you. Plus it reinforces your brain to do the work. Don’t get bogged down by all the small things, zero in on your priority. Once you achieve it, then move on to the next goal.
Play your strengths.
What do you already do consistently? Think about brushing your teeth or making your morning coffee. We all have things that we do at the same time every day. Pair your physical therapy stretches and exercises with the routines that you’re already good at. It will be easier to remember and you’ll have greater success. That success reinforces your brain that you can do good things for yourself!
You got this!
We’re here for you, wherever you’re at in your self care journey. Let’s tackle those self-care goals together – one step at a time.