Traveling is ultimately the best way to refill yourself with creativity and new energies – or, you could also argue that it’s about ridding yourself of old, destructive energies and thinking habits. In both cases, it’s about letting yourself go and letting yourself feel life in a new way. Everybody deserves that feeling of freedom once in a while.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
One of my personal getaways are theThe North of Jutland – an island on the top of Denmark. This is were the sun always shine, even when it rains in the rest of our little country (it´s almost true… ) All photos in this post are from that area.
Over this delicious dinner with a friend we talked about information overload and how creative entrepreneurs are constantly being bombarded with tips, ideas, how-to’s, podcasts, blog posts, videos, and stories.
Now, don´t get me wrong, I absolutely love that we have access to so much inspiration and knowledge. I´m a complete information junkie myself. I love to read and learn. Knowledge is fabulous.
But the downside is that it’s easy to lose your focus if you´re not careful. Be very selective in what you allow yourself to embrace, see, hear and listen to. You are the boss of your brain – you decide what to do with all the information and when to pull the plug and take a break.
Too much information can lead to confusion and frustration. Suddenly you find yourself doubting if you’re on the right path, wondering if you’re doing things the right way. You risk losing connection to your own inner compass and gut feelings.
There’s a fine line between being inspired and being overwhelmed. To navigate all the daily information and use it for optimal growth be sure to keep focus on your purpose and your life goal.
One huge trap to fall into is the idea that you need to follow specific strategies and steps recommended by experts, gurus and highly successful people. Of course, it´s great to seek inspiration and motivation – but know that it´s okay to do things your way.
I guess business success is found in the balance between following expert advice and doing your own thing. No matter what you’ll always be the secret sauce in your brand. So allow yourself to let your true personality shine.
There are no rules in life so why limit yourself to what everybody else is doing?
Pooh-poohing the rules can be so freeing and a refreshing way to spark your creativity too. Listen to your gut feelings and respect yourself enough to do things on your own terms.
5 Tips for Dealing with Information Overload
#1: Don´t feel obligated to spend hours and hours on social media if you rather spend your time doing other things. You don´t have to reply to ALL comments, you don´t have to post daily, and you don´t owe anyone your time!
#2: As the boss of your brain be VERY selective in what you spend time on. Your mind is super sensitive. Reduce access to whatever drains your energy and makes you feel bad. Allow yourself a break from the News, gossip, and negative people. Protect your creative mind at all costs.
#3: Remember, there´s a time for creating and a time for thinking. Avoid trying to create and research at the same time – it confuses the mind and slows you down. When you´re creating, make sure to block out all unnecessary information.
#4: Don´t let FOMO (the fear of missing out) control your mood or your life. It´s okay to let go and just focus on being in the moment doing something you love. It´s okay to take it slow and just doing nothing. Moments of doing nothing can help you become productive later as it recharge your creative mind and prepares you for thinking.
#5: Clear your desk, your desktop, and your head as much as you can. Turn off the computer and your phone for a little while to meditate and stretch. The renewed energy you gain from this will help you navigate through all the information you receive.
Just like every muscle in the body, the mind needs to be exercised to gain strength. It needs to be worked consistently to grow and develop over time.
Remember, that just because the world around you is confusing and chaotic, doesn’t mean the world within you has to be too.
Mental strength is built through lots of small positive daily habits. It’s the individual choices we make day-to-day that build a strong supportive mindset.
Unfortunately, you can’t wish your way to it. If you want it, you have to practice and take small steps daily to reinforce it.
Today I’m going to share 5 daily habits you can begin practicing today that will train your brain to have more strength and endurance for everyday life.
Are you ready?
Here we go…
5 Simple Activities That Will Increase Your Mental Strength
1. Stretch your body first thing in the morning. It will send a loving signal to your mind and body that you take yourself seriously + it will energize you to kick-start your day in the most positive way. Make sure to breathe deeply while you stretch. If you´re busy in the morning, just do 5-10 minutes.
2. Write down 5 things you are truly grateful to have in your life. Then close your eyes for a few moments and SEE what you wrote for your inner vision. See it, feel it and give thanks. The key to creating a better life for yourself is to first be thankful for all that you already have.
3. Fuel your mind with positive affirmations and kind words. Say out loud kind things about yourself. The more you focus on your abilities, your potential, and your positive assets the stronger your mindset will be. Whenever you catch yourself saying negative things about yourself, other or life in general – take a moment to reframe it and turn it into a positive thought.
4. Meditate every day – even for just 5-10 minutes. You can use one of the popular meditation apps like Calm, Headspace or Breathe2Relax. Your mind needs peace and quietness to grow stronger. It´s when you allow yourself to be present and slow down you connect with the voice of your soul – and that´s where your true power is located.
5. Write down your most desired goals every evening before bedtime. Psychological studies show you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. This is significant because if you just THINK about one of your goals or dreams, you’re only using the right side of your brain, which is your imaginative center. But, if you think about something that you desire, and then write it down, you also tap into the power of your logic-based left side brain. Just the act of writing down your dreams and goals can add an entirely new dimension of consciousness, ideas and productivity to the powerhouse that is your subconscious mind.