10 Things That Really Inspire and Motivate Me (Especially When Life is Tough)


Sometimes life can feel like it is “just one thing after another” or like you just get out of one challenging situation and think you are going to cruise on easy for awhile and “Hellooo!”, another challenge raises its gnarly head!

It can be really tough when this happens, especially when dealing with a string of events or when something is long-lasting like a disease, depression, long-term unemployment, or when someone you love is stuck in a rut or phase for quite sometime and it is touching your life (could be the teen years).

It is at times like this that I sometimes have to have a little chat with myself. You know, a little pep talk, so that I can keep myself on track, working towards my own health, happiness and success. Here are some of my favorite tools in just such a situation:

1 – Gratitude. It is really simple, folks, when you shift your focus to things you are grateful for – and no matter how bad things may seem, we always all have quite a few things that we may be overlooking right at the moment – you turn your attention to what brings you joy and delight in life rather than what is really rocking your world right at the current moment. This works best for me if I get quiet and meditative and just start thinking of everyone and everything I am grateful for. If I do it for very long, I will usually be so happy tears will be streaming down my cheeks!

2 – Exercising. This can just be doing something active, but what is really powerful is doing something you love. I happen to love dancing to music that makes me really happy and/or I think is really fun. It makes me HAPPY and that is just what one needs in such situations.

3 – Getting out in nature. Similar to many of these other tools, going outside and being in nature in a place that can touch my heart and soul with its calm, beauty and magnificence will always pull me from any funk. Nature is powerful medicine!

4 – Connecting with people that lift me up. Hopefully we all have some and if you don’t, I really recommend finding some as soon as possible because life will definitely be challenging you off and on for as long as you live and we all need a little lift sometime. I am really blessed as I have several of them in my life. People that are near and dear and also really positive, loving, kind, understanding, supportive and FUN!

5 – Do something creative. This can be different for different people. I happen to really like to paint, draw, write songs/lyrics, build sandcastles, create and cook delicious new recipes, etc., but some people like to build things, design things, etc. Creativity can take many forms, so follow what your own heart tells you.

6 – Read or watch things that I find inspirational. This can be spiritual books, self help books, true stories about people who did really amazing and admirable things, movies that are inspiring or inspirational quotes.

7 – Laugh! You probably already know, but laughter really is powerful medicine! I once read about a man who was told he just had a few months to live due to the disease he had (Ankylosing Spondylitis) but he decided to do his own research (he was a reporter) and came up with his own treatment  by doing Vitamin C injections and watching silly old movies so he would laugh really hard for a lot of the day. He ended up living 36 years from when he was first diagnosed with heart disease and 26 years past the Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis. (you can read more about Norman Cousins here). This can be accomplished by having playful people in your life and just getting silly, by watching humorous things (I really get a kick out of Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles, and I know Mami really enjoys Curb Your Enthusiasm). Again, think of things that you really enjoy. This could be books, audio recordings, dvds or internet videos, comic books, etc.

8 – Touching. I think we all get so busy in our lives that we do not take the time to slow down and give and receive touch like we really need. This can be accomplished through being very generous with giving and receiving hugs (even more powerful when accompanied by loving and appreciative comments), giving and receiving massages, getting a professional massage, or the wonderful experience of snuggling and hugging with your significant other.

9 – Self care. Tune in to yourself and think about what you would really benefit from or enjoy right now. It could be a nap, lying in the grass and figuring out what the clouds look like, soaking in a nice tub full of soothing bath salts and sipping a cool glass of lemon water, or even going to a store to get some thing you have really been wanting or needing for yourself and haven’t made it there yet.

10 – Make love. Some would think that this is saving the best for last and they may be right.  : )  Making love in that sweet, beautiful, tender loving way with plenty of hugging, snuggling, kissing and sharing of love and adoration is mucho big mojo!  How can any of us have too much of this? Very healing, very beneficial and very enjoyable. If you haven’t done this lately, I highly recommend you put it on the calendar this week (Valentine’s Day!!).

Wishing you all a really fantastic day of love for yourself and everyone near and dear in your life!

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

What have you found that works to lift yourself up?   Do you have any special quotes, books, movies or websites that you especially like?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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