Ideas to Help You Find Inspiration
Are you looking to find more inspiration to improve your life, or at least find some more satisfaction in your life?
This was me a few years ago. My mother had died, and I was going through the grief process and dealing with the stress of her estate. It was a sorrowful time and I was looking for some inspiration to move beyond the sorrow and stress to a more joyful life. I decided to do a few things to help me go through this journey and maybe these same ideas can help!
Go for a Walk to Find Inspiration in Nature
A really easy way to find more inspiration in your life is to head outside. Going for a walk provides some unique benefits, from enjoying fresh air and sunshine to helping the body move better to reduce stress.
There are fewer distractions, and you can often think in a different way when we are outside connecting with nature than when you are in the office or in your home.
You may not realize how great a walk can be for you until you do it. The fresh air, the new environment, and the clear mind put you into another mindset, allowing you to be open and ready for whenever inspiration strikes you next.
What I decided to do was find inspiration by practice noticing the beauty and humour of nature by taking a photograph each day of something I noticed.
The photos included flowers, statues, street art by the kids in the neighbourhood, a few coyotes, anything that caught my eye. Then I shared this photo on social media as a way to make myself accountable to get out each day.
Over that first year of walking, I took at least one photograph per day. That was 365 photos. The more I practiced this idea of taking photos the more I was inspired to take more photos and the more joyful it made me feel.
I continue with this practice of getting out for a walk a few times a week and take photos.
Surprising Benefits of Journaling for Finding Your Inspiration
My idea of journaling was to practice writing down my thoughts, feelings and dreams during my time of grief.
I found the first year after my mother died the best way for me to the journal was to write with pen and paper. At that time there was something powerful about the connection with my brain, feelings and paper.
Over time I have found that using an online journal is my preferred method of writing unless something comes up that is super stressful for me. Then I go back and deal with that particular life experience with pen and paper. It always helps me be inspired.
There are many ways to keep a journal. You can record the events of your days, write your gratitude each day, plan a vacation, analyze your dreams, or use a bullet journal to organize your life.
Journals can help you capture your thoughts and feelings or simply plot out your career.
As well as decluttering your mind, keeping a journal can have some surprising benefits to help you find inspiration.
1. Journaling helps reduce stress
2. Journaling can improve your mental health
3. Journaling improves your cognitive skills
4. Journaling helps you meet your goals
5. Journaling inspires creativity
I have found the practice of journaling is a private, safe space for me to explore ideas and feelings that I might not be ready to share with the world.
It has been a powerful experience for me that I only started as an adult and is something that I definitely recommend to anyone looking for inspiration to move through challenging life experience or if you want to make some big changes and not sure where to begin.
Where Have You Found Your Inspiration for Bettering Your Life?
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