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February 2017 Newsletter
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8 Ways to Get Inspired this Spring!

Does winter have you feeling blue and indifferent? You may feel like your to-do list is a million miles long but still feel bored and uninterested in your daily life. There are many contributing factors to these types of feelings, but there are also some tried and true ways to help yourself get out of the boredom funk.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., discusses in her Psychology Today article how inspiration can be an active and passive process as we gain inspiration from watching someone we relate to be successful in some endeavor which then inspires us to pursue our goals. She says, "When you’ve got a case of the blahs, seeing someone you admire being successful may just be what you need to do the trick so that you fire up your creative juices as well." Keeping these ideas in mind, let's take a look at some tips to help you get motivated!

  1. Stay the course when you feel like giving up: It's not helpful to conclude that you are just not a creative person when you can't come with a creative idea on your own. Keep trying - there are many factors that influence our ability to be creative.
  2. Know that it is a good thing to look to others for ideas and inspiration. 
  3. Take frequent mental breaks to allow your brain to refocus on the task at hand. Studies show that thinking about certain topics that make us feel proud can increase our creative capacity.
  4. Welcome spontaneous thoughts and activities: This can improve creative thinking capacity according to one study.
  5. Read more - reading different types of materials can refresh our brains and help us focus on different types of thoughts and beliefs.
  6. Bounce ideas off of others: Working as a team to come up with new ideas can be extremely beneficial for boosting creative thoughts and ideas.
  7. Accept that sometimes you won't feel inspired: Sometimes no matter how hard we try, the creative juices just won't flow and that is OK.
  8. Break up the larger concept into small pieces: It can be extremely helpful to break down the larger concept you are working on into smaller, more manageable pieces to think about and work on instead of trying to tackle the larger idea. 
We hope this list of tips can help you gain some inspiration during the rest of winter and into spring! Have a great month!

Reference: Krauss Whitbourne, Susan. "8 Ways to Find Inspiration When You Need It Most."Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, LLC, 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.
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February 2017 Newsletter

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