It’s that time of year again. The one where we commit to a single, lofty resolution and hope that we’ll stick with it beyond mid-February. But what if there was a way you could entice yourself to actually keep your wellness goals this year? And that all it required was some goals and a little bit of… craftiness?
If you’re familiar with the wellness space at all, you may have heard the term “vision board” floating around on various health blogs or your Instagram feed. And while the phrase may sound mystical and maybe a touch “woo-woo”, in reality, it’s simply a method of visualizing all you want to accomplish, and sticking it in a place where you simply can’t forget about it. Besides being forced to look your goals in the face each and every day, vision boards work because they employ the power of visualization: aka, the belief that visualizing an action can bring about the same effects as actually doing it.
Psychology Today references a study done on weightlifters as proof that the visualization method works: the results showed that the brain “patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost as effective as true physical practice and that doing both is more effective than either alone”.
Sold yet? Then let’s get started. Here’s a guide to creating your own vision board:
Write down your initial thoughts
First things first: declutter your mind. You may want to consider a quick meditation or writing in a journal to gather all of your initial thoughts. Then, start to think about all the words you want to manifest in your life this coming year, such as “joy,” “passion,” “energy,” “kindness,” etc. If there are certain areas of your life you want to work on, like “career” or “love,” consider those, too. Decide on a single theme of words and phrases you want to focus on the most — it’s important to stick to one general goal, rather than cram all of your dreams into one board. You can always make more boards!
Next, it’s time to get creative. Channel your inner kid (seriously, no judgments on the art skills allowed here) and grab a whole bunch of art supplies, including your board and some old magazines — markers, colored papers, stickers, glitter, anything goes!
Go with your gut
Here comes the fun part. Begin thumbing through the magazines and look for images or words that stand out to you the most. Try not to overthink it, but use your intuition as your guide. Most importantly, don’t judge what comes up for you. Maybe some hidden ideas and passions that you didn’t even realize you had will come to the surface!
Place it in a visible area
Once your vision board is complete, find a place to keep it in your home — ideally, one that forces you to take a look at it every day to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish. If it feels too personal to put on display, dedicate a few moments out of your day to look at your vision board and visualize the goals you’ve set. Soon enough, the power of visualization will start to do the work for you.