Wednesday, 4 September 2013

How to Get Inspired

Ever feel stuck in a rut, board, or just plain lazy? It happens to the best of us.

And what about the days when you feel like you go, go, go, but when you have a moment to yourself you either don’t know what to do with it, feel guilty about it, or make something up for myself to do to occupy it?

When I do this, I often feel busy, yet unproductive, and I’m left looking back on my day thinking: “Did I really do anything that I wanted to do?”

I’m not thinking this to be selfish. I’m thinking this because I want to enjoy every day that I am given and make the most of life.

Its days like these that I need to put in some effort and seek out some inspiration.

If you’re anything like me, here’s how to do it:

Identify what your favorite part of your day was

This is a little game my boyfriend and I play at the end of the day. We’ll ask each other what our favorite part of the day was. Sometimes, the answer is “Right now” or “When I saw my nephews” or “Having lunch with my Mom.” Every day is different. This is a simple way to reflect on your day, count your blessings, and remind yourself of what truly makes you happy.

If you don’t have someone to talk about this with, right it down. Or just identify it, think about it for a moment, and give thanks.

Read

Get some new information into your head. This can be from a newspaper, a blog, or a book. I prefer to do most of my reading away from a computer screen, but do whatever is best for you. Read something. You will stimulate your brain all the while taking some time for yourself and enjoying something just for you. It can be mindless or intense, but make sure you enjoy it.

Research

Seek it out. What do you like? Where do you see yourself in five years? Who is someone that you admire?

Learn something new.

Don’t know where to start? Anywhere. Literally, start anywhere. Look on your phone or pick up a small publication you don’t typically read. Ask questions. Learn something new about a person you admire. Make notes. Listen to music and reflect on what you are enjoying about it.

We are fortunate that in today’s world that there are hardly any limits to seeking out new information about something we are interested in. Take advantage of this.

Get moving

Get outside! Do some jumping jacks! Do anything - just don’t sit there.

Go for a walk. Stand up if you’re sitting on the couch watching TV. Better yet, go to a yoga class.

Exercise releases what they call “happy hormones” and you will be guaranteed to feel better than you did before. It will also help you clear your mind and leave you feeling refreshed.

Get rid of the negativity

Life is hard. Each person faces their own struggles and has their own ways of coping with things. If you are having a hard time getting out of a rut, cut the cord from people who are bringing you down (or at least take a break from them!). I know this is easier said than done – sometimes, it can be a parent, best friend or main confident who is bringing too much negativity into your life - but this has to be done.

Always be gentle and respective of others, but the bottom line is, if you don’t feel BETTER about your life after spending time with someone, then forget about it! You deserve more than that. It’s better to be alone than with people who bring you down. A lot of the time, they are not doing this intentionally, but it’s still happening. The power is in your hands.

Bring something positive to the table

Make sure you are not one of those people I just mentioned above (ahem…negative)!

Be positive! Smile.

Ask questions. Turn a conversation around and make it about the other person. Ask a friend how they are doing, and listen. Talk about their day and their plans for the next. Ask about their family. Do something for someone else.

Spend a week focusing on these tasks, and let me know if they’ve helped you! They always do for me :)

Thanks for reading,

Lisa