Do you need some extra inspiration to improve your health? Most people don’t put inspiration and health in the same category. But when proactive lifestyle change is on your agenda, inspiration becomes a key factor in keeping your motivation alive.
Whether you’re developing new healthy habits, or maintaining good health habits over time, it always helps to stay open to inspiration. Here are five sources of inspiration you can always tap into when you’re making health changes. The activities in this list can help spark new ideas and refresh your motivation. Best of all, these suggestions are, in and of themselves… wait for it… healthy activities!
Go for a Walk
Walks are inspiring for a number of reasons. They allow us to take a break from what we’re doing. Walking is a monotonous repetitive task that allows our brain’s default mode to kick in. This, essentially, means you can engage in daydreaming while you’re walking, which can open your mind to a marvelous source of great inspiration.
Walking also allows us to change our environment, and this change leads to new sensory input. On top of that, the physical activity of walking increases your blood circulation, which brings more oxygen to the brain. So then you can think more clearly. New input plus clearer thoughts equals new perspectives and new ideas. So if you’re grappling with a problem or task (whether it’s health-related or not), try taking a walk.
Ask the Right Questions
Sometimes, inspiration is simply a matter of asking the right questions. This usually involves asking ‘different,’ questions from the ones you may already be obsessing about.
The questions you ask can help you re-frame a problem so you can see it a new way. For instance, if you’re wondering how to solve a problem and you can’t come up with an answer, try asking yourself how ‘Sam’ or ‘Linda’ might approach it.
Another way to go about it is to turn the situation around. Instead of thinking about how you want something to be, think about what you don’t want it to be instead. There are many re-framing and question refinement techniques. Too many to list in a single post. But if you’re aware of the power questions have as a source of inspiration, you’ll pay attention when you’re introduced to a new technique.
Take a Break
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to spark some creativity or solve a problem is to take a break. Taking a break allows you you stop trying to force the idea, which simply creates stress. The break allows you to put some time, space, and distance between you and the the thoughts or activities that are getting you nowhere. Set the intention that after the break, you’ll simply let new thoughts come to you.
This is why we’re often encouraged to sleep on big decisions. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “slept on it” to awake with a whole new set of ideas and perspectives. If you find yourself in need of inspiration, try taking a break.
Listen to Music
Music can be highly inspiring. It’s known to alter our mood and energy levels and can transport our minds to different places. Often, you’ll find that music can leave you lost in thought, so try listening to some tracks while you mull over a subject, and see if that helps.
The kind of music matters, though, so choose your tracks wisely. I tend to get distracted when listening to music with lyrics, so I prefer instrumentals these when I’m seeking inspiration. However, there was a time, when certain songs with lyrics held special meaning for me and provided the emotional support and inspiration I needed to get through a certain set of circumstances. Everyone has different music preferences, and those preferences may change over time, so observe what works best for you and use it to your advantage.
Talk About It
We like to think our ideas come to us like lightning strikes: There’s a big flash and boom! a fully formed idea is born. While this can happen, it’s not usual. Most people, if they’re being honest, that is, will admit that some of their best ideas form a bit more slowly, over time. They bubble up, then they marinate for a while. It can be days, months, or even years before be an idea is ready to share.
But sometimes, when it comes to having ideas for improving our health, we don’t have the luxury of time. We need to make changes or a decisions within a certain time frame. In those cases, it can help to talk about it.
It’s also true that sometimes, the best ideas are not formed in isolation but are vastly improved when we discuss them with other people. Even if we’re just thinking out loud, talking about it can help you see new perspectives and may result in new breakthroughs.
When you make a decision to talk about your health concerns, it’s important to consider who you’re talking to. You might choose to talk to a trusted friend or family member, or you may decide to hire a health coach or even a professional counselor or therapist as the case might be. Of course, I’m a huge fan of the “talk about it” method, which is why I became a health coach, myself!
There are many more sources of health inspiration than just the five listed in this post. What are some of your favorites? Leave a comment below and tweet the question to your followers.5 sources of health inspiration: Take a walk; Take a break; Listen; Talk; Ask Questions. There are many more. What inspires your healthy thoughts and actions?Click To Tweet