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My 25th birthday is just a couple of weeks away, and if you haven’t caught on yet, I’m dedicating the month of May to all things 25. Since it is my 25th birthday and the admission into my actual mid-twenties, I’ve been reflecting on how little I’ve accomplished in my short time on Earth. I know you’re not supposed to do that, so instead of feeling down, I made this list.
Here are 25 ways to re-ignite the flame when you’re feeling unmotivated, down in the dumps, or stuck in a rut! I hope they help you like they help me.
1. Wake up early.
Waking up early gives you the freshest start to a day. Kudos if you can wake before the sun rises. There’s nothing quite like opening the shades and letting the light slowly seep into your home.
2. Let the light in.
No matter what time of year it is, pulling those curtains back and letting the sunshine touch your space is sure to make you feel alive and motivated.
A fresh piece of paper and pen is a great way to start or end the day. Whether you are prepping or reflecting for the day, journaling opens your soul and releases all the good and bad vibes you have felt in the past hours.
4. Read a self-help book.
I don’t know what it is, but self-help books are great for inspiration. They motivate us to be better versions of ourselves, which is always a good thing. I recommend beginning with “Start” by Jon Acuff.
5. Count your blessings.
It’s easy to feel down when you dwell on how far you have to go. Instead, think about how much you’ve accomplished and how fortunate you are.
6. Create a vision board.
A vision board is a huge motivator and offers continual inspiration on where you want to be. Pretty pictures and fonts splattered across the page are a constant reminder of what you’re working for.
7. Go outside.
No matter what the weather is like, get out there and soak it up. Try on a new perspective and really smell the roses. With spring in full bloom, there’s beauty everywhere.
8. Go on a drive in the country.
This is especially rejuvenating if you are a city-dweller. Get out of town and see what’s out there. You never know what you’ll stumble upon. You’d be surprised how many tiny state parks exist, so start exploring!
9. Create an inspiration playlist.
Some songs have the power to move you. I have a playlist on Spotify with all the music that makes me feel powerful, strong, and ready for anything. I listen to it when I feel down and it builds me right back up with new found motivation.
10. Cut out technology for a day.
Just walk away from the phone, tablet, and laptop. The quickest way to kill inspiration is to get online and start looking at everyone else’s lives. Take a breather from it all and disconnect for 24 hours.
Sometimes, inspiration is found in serving others. Spend one selfless day serving at a non-profit you care about. For me, it’s heading over to the animal shelter and loving on some scruffy little mutts who deserve so much better than they’ve been given.
12. Buy a new outfit.
Nothing like a new little number to make you feel like a new person!
13. Watch your favorite inspirational movie.
Mine happens to be Flashdance. Something about her being a young female welder that dances just makes me feel like I could be a badass too. And that final scene… Phenomenal.
14. Engage in exercise.
It doesn’t matter what it is. Whether you run or do yoga, exercising is sure to inspire you to make changes in your life and kick it into high gear. I prefer playing frisbee.
15. Forgive and move on.
Anger and bitterness can fester and swell inside of you. Trust me on this. I’ve been there before. You have to forgive. That is the only way to let your body move on and begin to feel inspired on a daily basis.
16. Harness your violent energy.
This may not be for everyone, but when I’m upset or angry, I am full of violent energy. Violent meaning aggressive and intense, not destructive or dangerous. However, it can be destructive to your soul if you keep it pent up inside. Instead, use it to motivate and inspire you to improve yourself.
17. Do something you’re good at.
Everyone always says painting and drawing is great for inspiration, but I’m a firm believer that participating in an activity you may suck at is one of the most discouraging things you can do. That’s why I’m telling you to do something you are great at and actually enjoy. You’ll feel much more inspired when excelling at something than creating an ugly painting and wishing you were better at art.
18. Accept that you have flaws.
This may sound counter intuitive, but I think there’s truth and beauty in the admission that we have problems and flaws. Once you come to terms with the fact that you cannot do anything you want, you can focus on the good qualities. That should inspire you more than the poser persona you wear to impress everyone else.
19. Call an old friend.
Sometimes, chatting with an old friend or acquaintance can go a long way. A good friend will listen to your fears, goals, and successes. They’ll encourage you and you can encourage them. Call em’ up!
20. Take a bath.
Light some candles, grab the bubble bath, and hop into the tub. Soak it up and daydream. Think about the future and where you see yourself. It’s sure to remind you of all the good that will come.
21. Clean your home.
I know everyone tends to hate cleaning (except me), but no one can deny how good it feels when it’s all done. A clean space gives you a fresh place to grow inspiration.
22. Make some to-do lists.
Usually, lack of inspiration comes from feeling overwhelmed. Take some time to write out everything you need to accomplish this week or this month. Then you’ll feel like you have all your ducks in a row and can start tackling them, one by one.
23. Write out your goals.
Much like the vision board, but less visual and more concrete – type up your core goals in a cool font and put them in all your favorite spots. You’ll always see them, and they won’t have negative connotations because you’ll have placed them in all the best spaces.
24. Buy a plant.
When I was feeling down and out, I went to the store and bought a cute little cactus and a new pot for it to live in. I can’t describe why it made me feel so good, but transplanting my cactus into its pot made me feel so alive! It renewed me. I can’t explain it. Try it. Houseplants rule.
25. Adopt a pet.
I list this with extreme caution, as not everyone should have a pet. However, if you’ve been considering adopting an animal for a while and have weighed the pros and cons, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It will change your life. Having to care for something other than yourself changes your priorities, inspires you to be a better human, and opens new opportunities for you connect with people.
Feeling inspired yet? Get out there and put these tips into action!