It’s 2018; a new year; a time for new year resolutions and motivation. Need help getting started? These are some tips I follow when I am in need of a pick-me up or some inspiration.
Spending time outside is extremely beneficial to both our health and our mind. I find natural beauty to be inspiring and refreshing; taking moments alone to reflect on the beauty around you is extremely humbling and motivational. Try going for a walk or going to the beach.
When in a funk, it can be really comforting to visit some old favorites. Reading childhood novels, watching your favorite films, listening to your favorite songs. While this is nice and beneficial to surviving a funk, I encourage you to combine your personal classics with some adventuring. Read your favorite book from your childhood, and then read a new one that has been getting dusty on your shelf. This process of revisiting the old and bringing in the new is inspirational and helps open your mind to the future.
Journaling is one of the best ways to sort out your thoughts and to get creative. Sit down in a quiet space (possibly even outside) and simply write. It can be about anything! Writing is extremely therapeutic and helps to clear your mind. When in a funk, this is crucial to clearing away previous negative thoughts and replacing them with fresh images and ideas. For more on stream-of-consciousness writing, check out this blog post.
I know this sounds vague, but let me explain. Look to the world around you and begin to collect tokens of inspiration. For example, take photos from magazines or ones that are lying around the house and create a vision board. Go see a local play or a movie. Go to a concert or a farmers market. Surround yourself with visuals that will motivate you to be your best self. Don’t look on your phone. While instagram and tumblr are home to beautiful images and aesthetics, it is also the breeding ground for comparison and judgement. Put your phone down, and get out of your comfort zone. Find your inspiration around you.
You go through a lot. Life is not easy, but it is rewarding. Reward yourself! Meditate, take a bath, do a facemask, get your nails done. Pampering yourself and giving yourself what you want is crucial to self-love. When you feel good, it will be easier to find the good in the world around you.
Create something! Whether it be writing a poem about the coffee you had this morning, or creating an impromptu art piece, creating something is meaningful and inspiring. Recognizing that you have the power to produce something beautiful is fulfilling and honestly just really enjoyable. But remember, don’t compare your creation to that of those around you. Your work is entirely your own, and that is what makes it beautiful.
Sometimes the main reason we get into a funk is because we get bored of our routine. When this happens, it is important to be spontaneous and try something new. Look up a recipe on pinterest and cook yourself an amazing dinner. Take a Zumba class. Learn a song on the guitar. The list is endless!
Remember, true success is not based on the approval of others. To me, success is pursuing what makes you happy, and what makes you feel the most yourself. This is going to be a great year full of adventure, personal growth, opportunity, and positivity. Focus on the good, and push away the bad. Funk be gone!
I hope you enjoy this list. Try them out and tell me which one is your favorite! You got this, superhumans! 🙂
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