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We spend so much of every day seeking inspiration, but is it good for us?

Are you sick of seeing inspirational quotes yet?

I once heard someone say that online porn takes up the vast majority of the internet (and while I doubt that to be true), images of inspirational quotes has to be threatening to take the lead? You can’t log onto [insert your Social Media Platform of choice] anymore without tripping over at least 10 of them in your feed. Some might say that the effect of the aforementioned quote is no longer potent due to the saturation. 

But I do like the occasional inspirational quote graphic. 
Sometimes you find one that just ‘gets you’, lights a fire in your belly and makes you jump to task. 

Aside from these quote graphics, you have blogs that aim to inspire (like this one), podcasts, apps, websites, mobile apps, screen savers, advertisements, printables, books and free pdfs (to name but a few). We’re surrounded by things that aim and claim to inspire us. The thing is, these trends are often a matter of demand. We demanded more infographics and slogan t–shirts, we demanded to be inspired all the damn time. 

But what I’ve recently started noticing is that feeling inspired and indeed looking for ways to stay inspired and switched on can be a full time job and one that takes WAY too much energy. I used to be the person who would check Instagram on the toilet, listen to podcasts while washing dishes and read blog posts while in line at a post office. Maximising time spent on inspirational tasks was the aim of my game. 

But I slowly started to burn out. It was too much, too fast, too often. 

I’ve found that constantly looking for inspiration online is like being a computer that is never shut down completely. Constantly plugged into a power source, burning RAM and refreshing apps until one day, I burn out completely and need a hard reset. To save me the time and heartache of inspiration burnout, I’ve devised a few rules for myself. 

  • No social media in the evenings. This time is for work, relaxation or being with my husband (sometimes all three).
  • No podcasts on short car journeys, instead I enjoy music or just that blissful, mechanical almost-silence you can only get in the car. 
  • No phone checking in queues, instead I try to let my eyes and mind wander for a while.

The long and short of it is this:

Inspiration should be used as a tool when needed, not sought as a way of being. 

Do you find yourself constantly plugged into the inspiration power source?
Do you have ways that you distance yourself from the inspirational chatter online?

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