Do you get thrilled with those breathtaking snow clad mountains? Do you get some inspiration from the ocean. When you walk along the beach, looking past the white and blue waves for miles towards the horizon, do you feel a sense of calm? Maybe, listing to your favorite music, anything from rock and roll to sonatas, fills up your soul with that peacefulness and gets your creative energy flowing? Reading good books, watching favorite movies, or being in close groups can be all sources of inspiration for you. Turns out, you find your inspiration from kittens, landscapes, or even a friendly touch.
When you’re down with a chronic pain, it’s impossible to get inspired. Pain becomes so overbearing that it influences how much time you can spare to participate in the activities you prefer, and sometimes it can even darken your mood making you much less interested in trying.
But even when the night is dark, sun will rise again in the morning, so it’s helpful if you surround yourself with inspirational people, images and messages. Your approach in seeking some inspiration will definitely inspire you and can ensure some relaxation, prompting you to be creative, or maybe push you to move outside your own comfort zone.
Here I’m listing few things that might inspire you!
Do love being online, shopping for products or service, or chatting with friends or doing Facebook? Have you ever thought of building your very own website or a blog? Did you know this kind of project can provide you tons of inspiration? This will definitely help you stay active and engaged in a big way. Since it’s your own site, you have completely control over its content and design. You can use the colors you like.
You can use the images and photos that make you happy and can write your content the way you want it be read. There’s no need to worry about building a blog audience, as you will soon get traffic if you have something unique to share. The point is to somehow get active, not only in life, but also online! With time, you will find your words are inspiring others and that can be a fuel for you to keep up your efforts.
Pinterest is a highly collaborative community where its possible for you to pin posts from variety of online sources. You can use Pinterest to search for images that make you feel relaxed and can pin them to your own boards. Go ahead and create boards that fit with your interests such as interior design, art, or inspirational quotes. Frequently revisit your boards to be inspired by your saved images and resources.
Start by searching for some inspirational quotes on Pinterest and follow the ones whose views closely resonate with yours.
Inspiration on Instagram
You already know even top celebrities have learnt to live with chronic pain. While they regularly face adversity in their day-to-day lives, they often use the art of photography, beauty, and the power of the Internet to create something amazing. Yoga teacher Kerri Verna, Wall Street Analyst Masumi Goldman, and Model Jesse Golden all have migraines or chronic pain, but also have positivity in common. They all are straightforward and never pretend they can easily live with their condition, and they also never limit or define their lives in this way.
Celebrities who’re determined to Fight Back
Don’t lose heart! You’re not the only one who’s dealing with the aftereffects of chronic pain. Just look at the statistics, you will find many top celebrities also living with these conditions. It’s clear that they are brave hearts and don’t let their pain stand in the way of success, so what I want is that you should look at them for positive reinforcement.
Fibromyalgia, for example, is a common and very difficult condition to treat. Did you know that Jeaneane Goraflo and Morgan Freeman have both gone public with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia? Many other celebrities that are rumored to have lived with crippling disease include singer Paula Abdul and Debbie Allen.
Read Inspirational Biographies
Do you love reading books? Don’t limit yourself to just fiction to be inspired. Choose a biography of people you admire. You may easily find personal stories that speak to you directly on your own level and make you comfortable. In fact, this approach will help you learn many new things that can direct you in life in a positive way. For instance, reading the store of Nicole Hemmenway, who successfully went from wheelchair to running a marathon, may surely provide encouragement and hope.
Find your Inspiration right at Home
You don’t have to venture out and discover inspiration in other people or external places, as it’s possible to cultivate it all around you. Certainly the Grand Canyon and the Sistine Chapel are inspirational, but you can easily enhance your immediate environment with all necessary inspiration you need available right at home. This is especially important if you can’t leave your home due to your pain. Try to make your home more beautiful and inviting to encourage inspiration.
Try Art therapy
Another innovative branch of therapy that is being widely used to treat mental health conditions around the world is art therapy. The aim is to allow individuals to explore their emotions through creative expression and help foster a better self-awareness. Any person can learn art therapy to express themselves better. Even if you feel you’re not a good visual artist, you can try creating art to help inspire you for many other aspects of your life. Nobody wants to see how you pain or draw, and this approach will allow you to express yourself in a way that can easily expand your creativity.
Your Inspiration is Right there in the Community
Definitely, we’re a lucky generation. Few decades back, dealing with chronic pain meant a life filled with isolation and loneliness. However, today there are so many interactive platforms that offer inspiration and company for anyone. So no one with chronic pain will have to feel alone again.
Search for support groups in your community as they can be a great source of inspiration. Meet others who’re living with same condition you have and who’ve succeeded in spite of their debilitating pain. Look at various resources like your very faith communities or own community center to find the suitable support group for you.
If you cannot access an in-person support group for some reason, the latest technology gives you power to develop global relationships. Online communities provide much more stimulation and offer lasting support as many face-to-face communities.
There are even Mood boards!
Interested in an idea that can be both virtual as well as physical? Interior designing has a tool and a concept called a mood board. It’s actually a physical collage of textures, colors, furnishings, and many other accessories that can help enhance a particular room design. But these mood boards are not reserved just for professional designers or for evoking feelings about decorating.
You ca use fabric scraps, magazines, flowers, sketches, and many other things you find inspirational and beautiful to create a collage that enhances your mood and makes you feel good. In fact, you can try something similar on famous site Pinterest. Just pin images which you find engaging from all over the Internet.
Follow the Scents
The way your home smells might help in creating a positive environment for you. You already know aromatherapy has been used since ancient times to help calm and energize people with the smell of the scent. You can infuse scent in your life in so many different ways: incense, scented candles, and modern day electric diffusers. You can buy many popular scents in essential oils that can be easily fill up your home with elegant smells.
In fact, few common scent associations also help with some aspects of mental health. Rosemary can keep you engaged and active. Lemon enhances your cognitive ability and peppermint boosts physical activity. And you can up your creativity with vanilla and cinnamon. If you want to go your own way, choose your favorite scents.
Listen to Healing music
Have you ever found yourself immersed in the melodies of classical music, or find yourself on the top of the world when your favorite song is on the radio? Have you found yourself carried away by some song? Music has healing properties and an entire branch of therapy successfully uses music to help people cope with variety of physical and mental issues. If you’ve some interest in music, creating and playing music can also provide many benefits. The important thing is that you should never try to surround yourself in silence all the time. Make a playlist of songs you like and listen to them when you need that little pick me up in the day.
Admire those Beautiful Flowers
Everybody loves scent from fresh flowers as it can cheer up space and also make you feel more engaged with your surroundings. On the top of that, the pop of color and those flowery fragrances can brighten even the most basic room. Fresh flowers are easy to obtain and very inexpensive since they are sold at every major grocery store chain. Keep few vases on hand to properly arrange fresh flowers in.
Try to keep your flowers alive longer with the help of foods available with florists and refilling the water in vases on regular basis. You can place them in your house where you appreciate and enjoy them. Toss the flowers that have expired and replace them with a new batch of fresh blooms.
Dedicated Creative Space
You can also create an inspiring place in your house by earmarking a space to your personal wellbeing. This can be any room that could be your office or creative studio. It can also be a small corner in your house set aside for meditation. Try to decorate this area using items that you find inspiring and beautiful.
Many people turn to spirituality or religion to find some inspiration so try building a small shrine or household altar as this can provide you a calm place to relax without worrying about the world and recharge. You can use paintings or some religious statues or some other beautiful thing that reminds you of higher power.
Building your household shrine is definitely a great job and step in the right direction, but using it for your benefit can be another. We all know the benefits of mindful meditation. There are so many long-term benefits for all those who learn this practice. Try to develop a meditation habit that can help you see other positive aspects of your life with more clarity. It can definitely provide so much inspiration to help you move forward with loads of energy in your endeavors, whatever they may be.
Please do tell whether you’ve found your inspiration with chronic pain!
To your success