Feeling depleted? You don’t have to wait until your next vacation or spa appointment to feel more inspiration.  Here are five things you can work into your daily routine to help you feel like you have more to give at work and throughout your life. Plus, an added bonus of ways to level up your inspiration game.

  • Morning minutes.  Take 5 to 10 minutes before you start your day to do something you enjoy (such as listening to music, or reading).  You can even do this while still in bed with some light stretches.  The idea here is to be intentional, generous, and relaxed.  And also to do something that is such a short time commitment that it’s hard to say you cannot do it.  Check out Pilar Gerasimo’s work for more on this practice.

Level Up: Morning pages. Take a notebook and simply write without stopping for three full pages.  No judgment of what comes out, no correcting of spelling or thoughtfully constructing your sentences.  Just dump what is on your mind onto the page until three of them are full.  This takes about half an hour.  Julia Cameron refers to this creation as a “clearing exercise” and I couldn’t agree more.  Learn more here.  

  • Meditate.  Don’t overthink it.  Don’t tell yourself you’re not good at it.  Sit down for 10 to 15 minutes, breathe, and repeat a word that brings about serenity for yourself.  When (not if.  When.) your mind wanders, simply bring it back to your word.

Level Up: Increase the time to 20 minutes, or explore some guided meditations to mix up your practice.

  • Research a new hobby you’ve been meaning to try and identify a small step you can take to get started.  Cut out a picture from a magazine that represents that hobby and keep it in your line of sight.  

Level up: sign up for a class or find a buddy to get started.

  • Take a walk, put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode, and snap a few photos where the light catches your eye or if you spot an interesting plant.

Level up: bring back a small memento like a flower or leaf.  Dry it and keep it at your workstation.

  • Color a mandala adult coloring book.  Listen to an album instead of a playlist.

Level up: Choose an album and listen to it from start to finish while coloring.  Do not skip the songs you never cared for.  Don’t abandon your coloring until the album is done. 

Don’t hold your breath until your next vacation before you refill your cup. These quick and simple practices can bring more inspiration into your daily life.

Wendy Hultmark, CPC, ACC is a coach who helps women in leadership own their story and write the next chapter.

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