Living in a world permeated by COVID-19 has affected many areas of our lives. Our health, education and occupations have changed in some capacity, making many of us wonder what is next. This sort of questioning has affected the way in which many people go about their lives. Uncertainty leads to a lack of motivation.
How can we find inspiration in a world that seems to exhibit no sort of stability? Here are six ways in which you can find inspiration after losing it.
Acknowledge that you have lost what you once had.
The first way to solve an issue is by addressing it. Take the time to effectively reflect upon what you are currently experiencing. This not only helps you understand the specific aspects that have caused you to get to where you are, but it also allows you to understand what needs to be tackled. Loss is a part of life, and living in denial of that will only get you so far.
Surround yourself with people or things that bring you clarity.
We sometimes tend to get so wrapped up in our heads that we forget the very things around us that give us hope. Whether it be by hanging out with family and friends or listening to your favorite album, do something that will allow you to gain a sense of clarity.
You would be surprised at how refreshing the outdoors can be. Whether you live in a noisy city or quiet neighborhood, exposing yourself to the outside world can open up your mind to ideas and concepts that you probably would never think of in the comfort of your bedroom. Inspiration is everywhere; you just have to go out and find it.
Immerse yourself in a good podcast.
A new interest I have picked up lately is listening to podcasts. I believe that they are an excellent way to find entertainment while also gaining insight about practically any topic. Sometimes, hearing about other people’s experiences will help you tap into your own.
A couple favorites of mine are Small Doses with Amanda Seales and As We Bloom by Anie Spratt. They both aid me in my self-reflection process.
Work with what you’ve got.
Inspiration does not come from one idea. It is a process that progressively becomes better. If you have an idea, write it down even if you think it is “bad.” Everyone has to start somewhere. Writing down an idea before working towards it allows you to better visualize what needs to be done. And who knows — that idea can lead to something even greater.
Be patient with yourself.
Just like everything else, finding inspiration is a work in progress. If you rush inspiration, it will only run farther away. Let it come to you. By being patient with yourself, you allow yourself to fully process what is happening and embrace it.