I spend most of my afternoons in front of the tv rewatching episodes of The Office. Although Michael Scott’s comedy is gold, I still come out of it feeling pretty empty by the end of the night. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is due to feeling uninspired.
Although, some of that emptiness may have to do with the cross-country move I’m experiencing. However, there are ways I can be making this move more enjoyable. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read my previous post My Move Might Have Given Me Relocation Depression.
Aside from all that, I’ve also been dealing with lack of inspiration. But I’ve noticed that as the days go by, I’ve been getting back to what I use to do. When we feel uninspired, it’s extremely easy to revert back to old habits and lack the energy to improve ourselves. However, I’ve listed the ways I’ve been coming back and the things that make me feel inspired all over again.
Ways to Get Inspired
- Social Media. There are plenty of negatives about social media but there’s also tons of great things to learn from it. Right before I moved to Las Vegas, I deleted all my posts from Instagram (sort of a Taylor Swift reputation moment for me) and started over. With a clean slate, I’m able to remove all toxicity and follow inspirational accounts. You can use social media to your advantage if you know how to use it right. If I’m going to spend time scrolling through Instagram, I might as well follow account that will ignite inspiration or add value to my day in some way. This is why I highly recommend following Lindsay Adkinson (@lindsay.adkinson). As a YouTuber and Instagram influencer, she’s one of the most real people I follow. After I listened to her story on her podcast, She’d Be Proud, I immediately knew she was someone who wasn’t afraid of being completely transparent with her listeners. Lindsay has a way of being her authentic self but also relatable qualities all at the same time. It’s people like her that inspire me every day and that’s the sort of thing I need to continue to pursue.
I’ve already written about using social media more intentionally, give it a read.
- Ted Talks. They’re THE definition of inspirational. Thanks to Ted Talks, I got into learning about travel and now this ambition lives inside me. They’re a great way to learn from a new perspective, especially when you’re stuck in a rut or lacking motivation. Youtube has a great selection, I found that I tend to gravitate towards travel talks. But if you’re feeling uninspired, maybe scroll through them and check some out. Even if they’re not related to your craft or interest, you never know what you’ll learn.
- Fitness and diet. Before I moved, I had a pretty consistent gym schedule, even in the winter. But I’ve noticed that anytime a huge thing happens in my life, I tend to put fitness last. And sometimes you have to because it’s not a priority but your health should be. My health is greater than anything else and it should be put first. Diet also falls in this category too because it’s almost important to be mindful of what we eat. I recently had a meditation session about how mindful eating can bring great benefit to our overall health.
- Meditation. Speaking of meditation, I’d like to mention I’ve been using the Headspace app and it’s amazing. I started to learn meditation sometime late last year but now I’ve added it to my daily routine. Meditation has beneficial affects to our mental health and I’m glad I found a way to meditate on a regular basis. Every morning, I look forward to my short meditation session. The thing with meditation, it doesn’t have to be long periods of time, it just needs to be consistent. I highly recommend starting with Headspace to get a feel for what meditation really is.
- Journal. There’s something about writing down feelings that make them feel even more real (if that makes sense). Along with meditation, I’ve been writing down my feelings and thoughts into a journal lately. Keeping a diary through all this, if you will. It doesn’t even have to be a diary entry, it can be anything. Just the other day, I wrote down a to-do list and in my mind, I forced myself to do all those things. It’s a great way to discipline myself so I used it to my advantage and it worked.
Uninspired to Inspired Isn’t Easy
At this point, I’m just trying to find ways to help myself improve in both my mental and physical states. Feeling this uninspired energy isn’t fun for anyone. These 5 ways of achieving some sort of inspiration back are all helping so far but I’m not going to lie, there are moments where none of these work. Just this morning I woke up not feeling like doing much, especially with the coronavirus pandemic going on. But we have to push through and we have to be strong in times like these.