#1) Long walks.
One thing that inspires me is taking long walks. Whether it is through local trails near my neighborhood or walking on the sidewalks home from school, walking for pleasure soothes my mind. At school I walk a lot and everyday I see on my phone that I’ve walked 5-10,000 steps a day. Walking opens up my mind and helps me think of new ideas, it helps expand my imagination and my creativity in my writing. Usually when I take walks I like to look at the trees, the nature, and not walk looking at my phone. Somedays I’ll walk in the trails and bring a notebook to jot down some notes and some things I see that could be used for my writing. Other times I simply bring a notebook to write down different ideas I have.
Walking also improves your health. I know that I don’t usually exercise that much unless I’m in my Gym class or walking home from school. Walking for fun helps me become more energized and stay healthy at the same time. A while back I had watched a Ted Talks video about a women who is a business Innovator that is named, ‘Nilofer Merchant.’ In her Ted Talk she produced a startling statistic – we are on our butts for almost 10 hours of the day on average. She also mentioned that physical inactivity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and a large number of cancers. Just thirty minutes of walking each day is enough to dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and dementia. In my opinion, I don’t like sitting down all the time or staying inside. And if I don’t particularly want to go anywhere or do anything I like taking walks because it’s just me, myself, and I and my thoughts and ideas in my mind.
Taking long walks also helps with being more productive. The key to productivity is optimism and positivity. Usually when I take walks its because I need to be calmed down and relaxed. I might be in a bad mood or I just simply need to be alone for a little bit. I believe that taking walks before working on a big project or an assignment can really help with your productivity. Walking also helps improve your self confidence and positivity. Usually I don’t like to start my work or an important assignment if I am in a bad mood or tired so before doing so I like to go out for a walk, stretch my legs, and take deep breaths. Therefore, when I get home, I have a open mind and I push myself to complete my work. Taking walks also helps me separate from electronics. Many people believe that iPhone separation Anxiety is not real but it is. People do not like the idea of being away from their desks and electronic contact for any length of time. While I take walks I see many people walking while texting or taking pictures of themselves or the things around them, and I just think..when are people going to stop looking at the world through their cellphone screens?
#2) Warm Showers
Showers = The place of thoughts and decision making (and maybe some singing)
While taking showers, I tend to be the person who takes 20-30 minute long showers. With warm, hot water. Like taking walks, showers help you come up with new ideas. But, it also comes with a lot of decision making. If you’re stressing over something or don’t know what to do about something, I know I tend to talk to myself about it and make a diagram of the good and bad things of the situation in my head. Showers help me solve problems and face them. It also saves so much more stress. Showers also make me think a lot more then I do anywhere else. I think of the things that have been stuck on my mind or the things I wish I’ve said earlier that day. I think of new goals I want to accomplish and the things I want to change about myself. Showers help me think more about me, about what I need to do to make me happy. It helps me think about whether or not something or someone is a good decision or a bad one. And usually, after my shower I have a better idea of what I do and what I don’t want.
#3) Naps & Sleeping
After school I am usually very very tired. Some days I like to come home and take a nap and naps really really help with me completing my homework later on. It helps me become more awake for the loads of work I have to do and I tend to become more focused on my work after my naps.
Another thing that I absolutely love is sleeping. Sleeping allows you to dream and I am a person who tends to remember my dreams, and have dreams of meaning. When coming home from school I am either excited to take a break and relax or go to bed. I dream of people, of life dreams, goals, the past, and many other things. Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep. Sometimes during my sleep I even wake up to write down some of my thoughts and feelings that took place inside my dreams. These things I write down are used for my writing or for me to simply look at later on.
#4) Music To My Ears
Music of all genres help me feel more focused within my work or helps me think while trying to write a poem. Music helps me feel understood. Listening to music that match your mood can help you feel understood at a deep level. That sometimes the understanding can provide release to help you move on. Whether you’re angry at someone or had a bad day, listening to music can help you relieve that stress, relieve that anger. Music helps me. It makes everything around me disappear completely like nothing else mattered at all. With music to my ears the only thing I am thinking about are the words and beats flowing through my body and my emotions on my sleeve.
I usually like to make playlists on spotify and I like to play different playlists for the different emotions I feel. If interested you can check out my spotify here. Here are some of my favorite songs at the moment that have helped me with my feelings and helped me come up with new ideas for my writing:
1. Hallucinations – dvsn
2. Faded – Alan Walker
3. The Emotion – Borns
4. Tired Of Talking – Leon
5. Sound (Prod. Wilough) – Jabilough
6. Diet Mountain Dew – Lana Del Rey