I get told that I am a very bubbly person and to an extent I suppose I am, although it is so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like you're loosing your spark in the midst of life as it trudges by. Whether it be inspiration for my blog, my photography, work or general everyday life here are a few things that help me bring back my ‘spark’ and I hope it may help you too!
1/ Mix it up.
If you usually listen to the radio on your way to work in the morning, why don’t you download a ‘Learn to speak Spanish’ CD and listen to that, if you usually get takeaway on Friday nights why don’t you dress up and go out and eat at the restaurant. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering but changing the little things can make a big difference.
Anyone that knows me will know that I have no right suggesting anyone else be organised but when I am in one of those slumps- I clean, and it helps (even though I certainly don’t feel in the mood for it initially). Clean your makeup brushes, re-organise your bookshelf, re-organise your wardrobe. Then look back at how much better it looks… feels good huh?
3/ Give it back.
Even though you may be feeling in the rottenest of moods, treating your significant other or someone else like a prince/princess for an evening may actually make you feel better. I know there is nothing better than telling Dan to sit down while I cook him dinner, not because I enjoy cooking, but because seeing his happy face and his grateful “oh Em, you spoil me!” makes me feel instantly like a million dollars. Similarly, volunteering or donating to charity is a way to give back to those less fortunate and make you feel valuable and happier!
4/ Write it down.If you’ve read my last post you’ll know I recently bought a journal in the efforts to document my struggles, wins, clear my mind and serve as a canvas to spill my thoughts onto. It puts things into perspective and can be really addictive. Sometimes I’ll be having one of those days, you know the ones, and I’ll think “ah I just can’t wait to write it all down”. It provides clarity without judgement and inspiration without boundaries. Go on, you know you want to!
5/ Let yourself feel.
We are going to dig deep with this one so bear with me. A few years ago I went through a terrible break up and I was miserable. Being the person I am, I kept finding distractions from the unhappiness I was feeling, which people kept telling me were a good thing and I suppose they were to an extent. The problem was that even though I was genuinely depressed I didn’t let myself cry or feel sad (even though I was) because I felt like then I would be letting him win. Yeah I know, I could probably slap my past self on the face right about now. This resulted in over a year of depression and losing my best friend who said “I just can’t deal with you being so sad anymore! I have my own things to worry about” Yeah, solid friendship. So the lesson? First, make sure you have genuine friends. Second, let yourself feel. If you’re angry, sad, worried, anxious, nervous - be. Don’t let it overwhelm you and try not to let it carry on for too long but facing your emotions is the first step to being able to overcome them.
What keeps you inspired and makes you happy?
Let me know!
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