How not to do a vision board (and how carers can get it right)

We all have own thoughts about (and maybe even experiences of) vision boards. Perhaps we are rolling our eyes at the idea, or thinking back to vision boards completed in the past. Or may be just a eh? What's that then?

Think vision boards are a waste of time, frivilous, shallow or frankly a bit "woo woo"? (Like I used to). Turns out we might have been doing it wrong.

Here's how we might have been getting it wrong:

  • Cutting out glamorous pictures of holidays, cars, houses, kitchens and other "things" that we want to have. A grown up version of circling the toys in the Argos catalogue. Only there are no generous relatives to buy these things.

  • Turning our bucket list of things to do before the next big birthday into a picture. Bucket lists are a great idea but are mostly about "doing".

  • Creating a vision board that we then hide in a drawer and discover the following year when "decluttering".

  • Rushing to do it quickly with no reflection or discussion

  • Procrastinating and overthinking it

  • Creating something that will impress others on Instagram/Pintrest

  • Agonising over our lack of creativity and how others are better at this than us and so not enjoying the experience

The good news is creating a vision board can be a fun, helpful, relaxing experience. A way of taking time out and thinking about you (the whole of you). As carers this might be a rare thing and so I believe really valuable for us.

When did you last spend time thinking about you?

A vision board can be created on paper or card, or it can be done online using an app like Canva. For some it may just become a really strong vision in their imagination.

Here's what I created this time last year:

Photo of a Vision Board, with pictures and uplifting quotations such as "be authentic" "stay curious" and "pause"

So how can we get it right?

  • Begin with the end in mind - the aim here is to create something that can inspire, focus or uplift us in the coming year.

  • Go really big picture, think beyond what we want to do and and things we want to have. Who do we want to be? How do we want to feel? What matters to us? What do we want and what don't we want?

  • Spend some time reflecting, journal, capture notes.

  • Start collecting - photos, quotes, words, drawings, colours, decorations, leaves, music, thoughts.

  • Try a guided visualisation to help create this vision in our head and connect with how it feels. There are plenty on YouTube to pick!

  • Involve others, join a group, create a group with friends or family. Or maybe doing this alone is more our style - choose what works for you.

and finally,

  • Do it - set time aside to create our vision board.

  • Connect with our vision - put it somewhere we will see it regularly, use it for some time out focusing on different elements.

What's next?

We also have virtual cuppas which run from Monday to Friday. Join us for laughs, a fun chat and real deep conversations! If that is too big a step, visit our Facebook community to connect with other unpaid carers.

And remember, Mobilise offer free individual support calls if we feel like we could benefit from a chat.

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