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11 tips to improve inspiration

11 tips to improve inspiration

June 24, 2024

We live in a busy world, where, often, it can be difficult to get inspired . Some people, especially those who work in creative professions, must have a great capacity for inspiration.

Inspiration usually appears when we are relaxed and our mental state is ideal, because when we feel tired or stressed, our mind and our creativity are affected.

  • Related article: "The 14 keys to enhance creativity"

Tips for inspiration

In the following lines you can find a list of tips that will help you to be inspired, to have better ideas and to carry them out.

1. Meditate

Meditation is an ancient practice that helps connect the body with the mind and helps us to be in the present moment . This millenary technique has become fashionable in the West due to its benefits for health, concentration and creativity. Scientific studies have shown that meditation helps reduce stress, improves the immune system, attention span, helps empathize with others, increases tolerance to pain and improves memory and other cognitive functions.

In fact, some research has shown that it changes the functioning of our brain, as you can read in our article: "Meditation produces changes in the brain, according to science".

Without doubt, meditation is a great alternative to clarify the mind and therefore favors the state of calm that allows to generate more ideas and feel more inspired. Now, meditating is not easy.

  • If you want to know how to do it, you can read our article: "How to learn to meditate, in 7 simple steps"

2. Hydrate

Water is essential for life, but also to be focused and have a clear mind . Therefore, we must be properly hydrated, as this will favor that we are in an ideal state of inspiration. On the other hand, dehydration will cause deconcentration and fatigue. It must be borne in mind that the mental processes that lead to innovative and original ideas are complex mental operations and that, when the means to maintain the organism are scarce, other bodily functions begin to be prioritized.

3. Do not stop reading or doing activities related to the source of inspiration

Reading is always good to maintain an active and intelligent mind , and it is key to generate ideas thanks to the knowledge we acquire. If inspiration refers to writing, reading is essential.

Being inspired may be necessary to, for example, play the guitar. The more we perfect our skills, the better we will be at it and the more experience we will have to generate ideas. Creativity and obsession often go hand in hand, although some people think that is not the case.

4. Rest

While it is true that dedicating time to the activity related to what we want to inspire us can help us to be inspired, tIt is also good to have your mind rested to find that ideal state . Sleeping properly and taking breaks from time to time if we are doing the activity, can be beneficial to generate new ideas.

5. Disconnect

It may happen that you take time forcing the situation because you get inspired. Do not despair and, as mentioned in the previous point, you can take a break and return to the activity again. That break will help you clear your mind and be more predisposed to have good ideas .

6. Create a supportive environment

The environment that surrounds us is key when it comes to being inspired . That is why many people look for quiet places to reflect. Other people, on the other hand, prefer some background music. Whatever the environment you prefer, once you detect it, you can create it to favor your inspiration.

7. Visualize the objective

When you can not get inspired, often this happens because you do not know the reason well or you do not have a clear idea of ​​the objective. For example, if you are a writer, you need to be well informed about the topic you want to discuss, but also to whom it is addressed and what is the objective of what you are going to do. Answering these questions can help you turn on the light bulb .

In this way, we favor that our thoughts are oriented towards a specific goal, instead of wandering from one idea to another without any pretension to create a coherent set of ideas.

8. Applies creativity techniques

There are different techniques that can allow you to be more creative and to be more inspired. For example, if you are looking for group inspiration, the brainstorming technique is useful. To learn more about this topic, you can read our article: "Brainstorming: is Brainstorming really effective?".

Now, that is not the only useful technique and, in fact, there are many exercises that can help you to be inspired, among them: the eraser technique, good bad interesting, scamper, the six hats, etc.

  • To learn more: 8 creative exercises to stimulate your mind

9. Investigate

Especially if you are a writer, it can be good to enrich your knowledge . Read a lot, as has been said, but also investigate. If you have to talk about a topic and you do not know it very well, you have no other option but to learn about it.

New associations often come from the knowledge we already have, so if we expand the repertoire of information we have, it will be easier to come up with interesting, innovative ideas that can give rise to stimulating projects.

10. Exercise

Doing sports or exercise brings many benefits at a psychological level, not only at a physical level. While it improves cardiovascular health, improves the immune system and helps maintain body weight, it also promotes the release of happiness chemicals such as endorphins or serotonin, reduces stress, improves productivity and clears the mind, which can be key to be inspired.

  • Related article: "The 10 psychological benefits of practicing physical exercise"

11. Do Mindfulness

While we have said that meditation favors creativity, Mindfulness , which is also related to this ancestral practice, also does it. Mindfulness includes meditation, but it refers to a philosophy that aims to live in the present, in a non-judgmental way, and with self-pity. It is ideal to connect the mind with the body and to direct attention towards the here and now.

  • Mindfulness improves creativity as explained in our article: "Mindfulness: 8 benefits of mindfulness"

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