Have you ever felt the sudden need to get up from your chair, couch, beanbag or bed and start writing a book?

Or pick up that dusty instrument in the corner of your room and become a YouTube musician?

Have you felt the sudden need to launch an Eco-friendly startup and change the world?

If your answer to any of those questions is yes, then have you actually gone through with it? And if your answer is no, then great! And by that I mean, you’re in the right place.

Inspiration is a funny thing because sometimes we think we have it but then, in a second, when we get all comfy and nice and ready to start, it’s gone. The inspiration you had a second earlier has disappeared. You’d wish that it was probably your phone that went missing instead, because you could call it from another phone and find it again, instantly.

But once inspiration goes missing, it’s game over for some of us; Or so we think. How do you actually #stayinspired, like some influencers constantly post on social media? How do you actually put your inspiration over any other hindrance that may come your way, be it physical or mental?

Well, let’s find out:

What really is “Inspiration”?

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word? Isn’t it something similar to what I’ve described earlier? You, sitting on your couch or beanbag and suddenly stumbling upon the urge to do something great?

But this kind of “inspiration” never stays.

To create a stable state of being inspired and see your ideas and efforts through, it takes some time. But it’s not difficult to stay inspired if you are serious about seeing your ideas come into fruition.

5 steps to be inspired and stay inspired

#1 Enter new worlds through reading

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If you’ve ever read a book in your life you’d know all about that peaceful yet stimulating sensation it brings. Doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction. It’s peaceful because it offers a break from our phone screens, social media and work. Among the pages of a book you can shut out the bustle of the world and enter a different one, that looks different and feels different.

And it’s stimulating because the words that we read present so many colorful ideas and vibrant stories. These ideas and stories move through our eyes and take root in our brain to inspire new perspectives and world views. So it doesn’t have to be fiction. Regardless of the type of content you read, reading books for a prolonged period of time takes you to new worlds.

And if you make a habit out of constantly immersing yourself in books, your mind will begin to mirror the words you read back to you and keep you in a stable state of inspiration.

#2 Get away from the world and spend time alone

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As inspiring as it was to get into worlds in the previous point, it’s also refreshing to get away from the world. Spending time alone can give us time to think and get our thoughts organized.

Now I bet you’re thinking of shutting yourself in your room and “thinking” all day and eventually dozing off. Not so easy, pal!

Yes, napping is great to boost your energy but spending time alone doesn’t only constitute of locking yourself in your room. Although we can’t do much else right now with the COVID-19 situation around the world, it’s certainly possible to find a good escape. Stroll around in your garden, enjoy some time cooking alone, watch animals go about their days or do some gardening! Anything works as long as you’re alone and relaxed, rather than distracted.

Whenever, you’re too overwhelmed don’t back out from spending some quality time with yourself.

#3 Give in to an interesting hobby

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I know I know, you probably don’t have time for “hobbies”, right? You’re too busy with work and on weekends you just want to sleep in and catch up on some Netflix, right?

Well, who said anything about avoiding those? A hobby doesn’t have to be something that you do according to a time table. You can do it whenever you feel like you need that extra stimulus. When it comes to me, one of my favorite hobbies is watching anime. I know, pretty lazy, right? But I don’t stop there. I collect what I watch, add it to my archive and later, write reviews and critiques about them. And I find this extremely inspiring. What I watch manages to add a great deal to my life through this hobby of taking them apart and enjoying them to their core.

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So it doesn’t have to be something tedious. Tap into the child in you, that innate place of happiness within you. This is a source of pure positivity. Find that source and find out what that inner child likes. It could be music, it could be art, it could be Nature, it could be movies and film; no matter what it is, tap into it. Derive an inspiring practice from it. In my case it’s collecting and reviewing what I love. You could do whatever you like with what you love.

Just one rule: Make sure it inspires you.

And if you constantly engage in this newfound hobby, your mind will embrace happiness and positivity more often than it used to before. And this will breed inspiration.

#4 Frustrated and angry? Punch a punching bag!

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No, really.

If you don’t have a punching bag, then do some push-ups. One way or another, exercise is great for inspiration; And more than anything, for actually staying inspired.

If you find it hard to spare time for a committed routine of fitness you can still sneak in some exercises effectively with this guide. The thing with exercise is, it’s doesn’t just keep you healthy or give you that summer body. Exercise genuinely boosts your mental health too. Doctors around the world recommend exercise to most of their patients as a way to fight anxiety, depression, mood swings and even low self esteem.

And as with the other points here, continuously maintaining a lifestyle of constant physical activity can alleviate any negative emotions that you may have and open up your mind to brighter possibilities, ideas, thoughts and even sympathy for those around you. And this cultivates that stable state of inspiration in your mind.

#5 Ultimately all that matters – Believe in yourself

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Inspiration is a means to an end; Not the end itself. So all your efforts in changing your lifestyle, adopting new hobbies, exercising, and reading will go to waste if you lose faith in yourself and your goal.

What is it that you need this inspiration for? To achieve your dreams? To be better at your job? To change the world? To lead life as a happy human being? No matter what it is that you have set your eyes on, believe in it. There may be times when you start hating that goal and feeling like it’s inferior to what your friends dream of. Push through phases like these with determination and faith. One day you’ll be thankful that you did.

Today’s post felt like a bit of a rant but I felt the need to put it out there, nevertheless. With COVID-19 and worldwide lockdowns causing fear and distress, it’s easy to lose inspiration, hope and positivity. There’s an excess of hindrances, falling on the hopes and expectations that we had for 2020 and this can easily depress anyone and cause anxiety about wasted time.

That’s it for today, but….

If you have been reading Snow Tree for a while you’d have come across the blog posts that I did about the Coronavirus situation, vaccines and what the future holds. I have also put together a list of things you could do to occupy yourself and feel less distressed. If you’re struggling with finding work you can read my post on the ideal job hunting tips to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Affiliate Marketing is also a great way to earn during the lockdowns. You can read up on some helpful Affiliate Marketing tips here. I hope you stay safe and take care of your physical as well as mental health.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Jim Rohn

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