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Karen Maleck-Whiteley: Access the Internet for inspiration

Just one online quote a day can help keep your stress at bay

Posted: September 3, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

How do you keep yourself up, inspired and motivated on a daily basis? How do you keep from forgetting that you are committed to living well and stressing less? What do you do when you get bogged down in life? When you are in the doldrums? When you feel stuck?

I hope that if you've been reading this column, you have picked up at least one or two ideas for your "life tool kit" and that you try them out from time to time.

You should be doing things like talking with friends (remember it is proven to reduce stress for women), changing the scenery, doing something for yourself, taking breaks, and, of course, breathing well and deeply.

This month I want to give you some tools of a different sort. These tools are all readily available on the Internet, and they are all free. Some I stumbled upon or have used or known about for a long time, others were recommended to me by dear friends or acquaintances.

Any of them will give you a boost or a reminder of where you really want to be going in this life. And if what you need most is a mental kick in the seat of the pants, they can provide that too. Each of these sites is one that I have personally used.

I find that if I actually take a few minutes each morning to read through a couple of these short messages, I am reminded of how I want to approach my day and my life, and I feel more on track and balanced. It's akin to reading this article monthly, but the messages can be set up to come to your computer every day, if you choose to sign up.

The T.U.T Adventurer's Club was founded by Mike Dooley: www.tut.com. According to the site, the club is "a philosophical club of like-minded thinkers who believe that life is the ultimate adventure - because thoughts become things, dreams come true, and all things remain forever possible!"

Membership is free and begins with taking "The Oath" to receive free "Notes from the Universe" e-mails, which are "very short and often humorous reminders of life's magic and your divinity." These messages come addressed directly to you, and are signed by "the universe," which makes me smile. They are great, because they are extremely short, so you have no excuse not to read them.
The tone is fun and conversational, and I find them to often be the perfect message I need on a given day. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom after the small advertising part, as there is often a post script that completes the message to you.

Daily OM: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit is a simple and beautiful site that offers many inspirational resources: www.dailyom.com. You can sign up for your own Daily OM message, or your Daily OM horoscope, which is really another version of an inspirational message.

These messages come with a beautiful picture, and are well written and draw from many spiritual backgrounds. I find these to be thought-provoking, and aligned with how I want to be in the world.

The site also offers the opportunity to connect with the Daily Ohm community, nice products, and other resources.

www.QuotationsPage.com offers an interesting feature that makes getting a little daily inspiration more than easy.

You can click on an option that will load an application onto your Facebook page, and it displays a new inspirational quote or two each day. This is great if you use Facebook, and if you do not want to receive daily notes in your e-mail.

Another way to get daily inspiration if you do not want to receive e-mails, is to simply bookmark the inspirational page you like, and make it part of your routine to visit it daily.

You can do this with any of the above sites, or with sites that do not offer automatic e-mails. A nice site that only works this way is www.ChristianWisdom.com.

Once you start looking, you'll see that there are countless resources on the Web that you can tap into to assist you with creating your own inspiration and motivation.

Two more sites that I visit from time to time are www.Beliefnet.com and www.Guideposts.com. Both are well designed and have many options for getting your kind of inspiration.

If none of the sites I have included here seem to give you exactly what you are looking for, I encourage you to do a search for the specific type of inspiration you would like to find.

In researching for this article, I found inspirational sites for runners, cancer patients, executives and many more.

So pick one or two to use for yourself daily, and be sure to share them with your friends. Spread the inspiration and motivation around; we can always use a little more of it.

Karen Maleck-Whiteley is a certified hypnotherapist, coach, speaker and author who often helps people to find their inspiration and increase their motivation. She is also the co-owner of Balance Point Spa in Canyon Country, where people go every day to reduce their stress and regain balance. For information, call (661) 252-0650, or e-mail karen@balancepointspa.com.

Find out more and get inspired by visiting www.BalancePointSpa.com, www.WMWgroup.com, www.livewellstressless.info or www.Five4Me/podhoster.com (free podcasts).

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