By Jennifer McDougall
Often we search for inspiration to stimulate our creative capabilities. Stimulation boosts our motivation to feel or do new things and push new ideas through the creative process. When we lack inspiration, the world may seem grey or dull; it’s not as colorful or exciting as it would be if we felt inspired.
At Passages, we recommend trying these 15 helpful tips for you to discover the inspiration you need.
1. Change up your daily routine and surroundings.
Take a different route to work. Clean and redecorate your home and office space. Add color and light to dark corners. Create a sticky note to put by your computer with an inspiration quote- change it out every couple of of weeks. Turn up the music. Create a new playlist. These things help change your day to day view, which in turn expands creativity.
2. Do your best to avoid distractions.
Set your phone aside and turn the ringer off. Focus only on the task at hand.
3. Let go of doubt, regret, and pity.
Leave the past in the past. Try not to dwell on adverse events or mistakes. Focus on this moment, right here, right now. Be grateful for your many blessings, for there are others in the world who are far less fortunate. Open your heart and open your mind to forgiveness.
4. Meditate for 10-20 minutes at least once a day.
Meditation helps improve the way your brain processes information. Studies have shown that meditation reduces blood pressure, anxiety, pain, and depression symptoms and increases your mental strength and ability to focus.
5. Exercise at least five times a week.
Exercise helps you look and feel better. It also helps with mental clarity and the relief of stress.
6. Wake up with the sun and get an early start to your day.
Get to bed at a decent hour (9:30 pm- 10:30 pm) and plan to wake up fifteen to thirty minutes earlier than usual. As you make these gradual changes, you will find that you have more energy throughout the day.
7. Distance yourself from harmful and toxic energy.
Whom we surround ourselves with can have a significant impact on the way we feel and our decisions. It is essential to keep a positive circle of people who contribute only to the world around us. Negative influences and energy will leave you feeling drained and unmotivated.
8. Avoid the use of all drugs and alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol cloud our minds and alter our consciousness. By avoiding these substances, we can discover clarity and a healthy flow of energy.
9. Work on building self-confidence.
This can be a tricky one. We are all a little hard on ourselves sometimes. We often compare our lives to those on social media and think less of what we have and who we are. Don’t. Remind yourself how much you have to offer. Think nothing less of yourself, but remember always to stay humble!
10. Talk to those around you and be sure to ask plenty of questions- be curious.
Asking questions helps broaden your horizons on other possible perspectives. It helps open your mind to learn new things and adds depth to your thinking process. Never underestimate the power of being curious.
11. Watch a Movie based on a true story.
There is something so inspirational than a good movie based on a true story.
12. Change up your playlist.
Maybe it’s time to listen to something new or something you haven’t heard in a while. Browse around on Spotify or Apple Music and see what else might appeal to you.
13. Detox- Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally
It may be time to detox for a few days and rid your body of any harsh toxins.
14. Read a book.
Stop by the Passages Wellness Store and pick up a new book today.
15. Take a vacation.
Broaden your horizons by exploring new territories. Get out of your comfort zone and travel to places less familiar. This will allow you to think outside of the box. Unwind and relax for a few days without any distractions. Recharge your energy and refocus your mind.
Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
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