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It’s actually as simple as it sounds. A vision board is a board that displays images, and or words that represent your goals for the future. The board should be focused around how you want to feel. The goals can be long-term, or short-term. You can include visuals of the job you’re going after, the house of your dreams, or words and quotes that make you feel empowered to move forward and keep going. The board can be as specific as you want it to be. You may be facing difficulties in one specific aspect of your life, which the board can address, or you may want to make a board that will represent the entire collection of aspirations you have for your future.
While a vision board may sound like a waste of time, or just a fun creative project to do with your free time, vision boards can actually be a big help to your mental health. Visualization, a technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message, is a very useful tool to enhance your life. Using a simulation, like visualization, can not only enhance your motivation to achieve whatever goals you have, but also increase your belief in your ability to achieve those goals. More and more people, everyday are beginning to recognize the benefit of using creative outlets to help those struggling with mental health problems. Art engagement, in general, has been found to alleviate anxiety, depression, and stress.
Moreover, creating a vision board will not only be beneficial in terms of goal-setting, but will also serve as an opportunity to unwind and take a step away from whatever stressors you’re currently facing.
Although vision boards are meant to be entirely individualized to your life and your goals, here are a few basic steps that can help you get started.
Once you perfect your board to your liking, you may be wondering: now what?
Making a vision board is an extremely useful exercise for goal-setting, but obviously it won’t achieve your goals for you. Having a daily reminder of what it is that you’re working so hard for is going to be a major step towards actually achieving those goals. You can put your board by your bed and spend a few minutes with it every night or morning, or mount it up somewhere where you’ll see it often. After taking the time to create your vision board, you want to make sure to utilize it for what it’s worth.
Check out these video overviews of others creating and explaining their vision boards!
By Mary Abzug and Kevin Naruse
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