Ever have one of those days when you are dragging, your business is stuck in a rut and you’re desperately searching for an inspiration injection… for some burst of creativity that will change your attitude as well as the trajectory of your day?
Powering through that feeling can often make it persist. Sometimes, a sidestep is needed – walk away, get a change of scene and come back with fresh vigor. Whether you have two minutes or two hours in your day, what are things that will shake up your body, mind and spirit to evoke creativity and turn on a dime?
Here are ten simple suggestions – choose to do a few of them or one a day.
- Dance… move and groove to your own rhythm behind the grocery cart, barefoot in a square foot of grass, or even in your office bathroom stall. Get your heart beat pumping!
- Tap into gratitude… list ten things you’re grateful for – it’s tried and true, yet never fails to produce a shift toward joy and give you the oomph you need.
- Sing… belt out a song, off key or not, give it your best Adele. Singing forces you to sit up and breathe.
- Doodle or draw… use your non-dominant hand and watch the smile form on your lips. Play, experiment and have fun!
- Just be… settle for a few minutes. Feel your feet on the earth and notice one thing for each sense: the sight of a flower in the pavement crack, the smell of Autumn leaves, the taste of pumpkin and cider, the feel of soft gloves covering your hands, the whistle of a noon-day horn.
- Count your breath… inhale and exhale as fully as you can and repeat five times. Play with the speed: do it slowly to calm yourself or forcefully to rev up your energy.
- Text a 90-second prompt… send a friend, your hair dresser, or your mother a writing prompt (such as a word like “revive,” or “mud puddle,” or a phrase like “from my perspective…”) and in the spirit of #givegiveget, text them first whatever surfaces for you in 90 seconds!
- Name what you feel… pause and label how you feel, whether it’s anger, frustration, excitement, etc. Give it a physical shape and repetitive movement. Every emotion wants to be acknowledged and by listening to your feelings and allowing them to have a voice, you deepen the ability to move and include all of life.
- Cultivate a beginner’s mindset… walk into that art gallery down the block and ask questions about the paintings, or play the latest video game with your tween, or try a new curry recipe for dinner. Shake up your pattern and learn something new.
- Walk in nature… adopt walking in someone else’s shoes, figuratively. Not only will you clear the cobwebs in your psyche, you’ll also begin to look at issues from another perspective.
Want to learn more from Margaret about breathing new life and inspiration into your business? She’ll be leading a motivating movement workshop at Savor Life Summit on October 17 + 18. Don’t miss out! Register today.