The New Year is one of the best times of the year to set fitness and wellness resolutions. And one of the best ways to make sure you keep those fitness and wellness resolutions all year long? A mood board.
Mood boards can be a great source of inspiration for making healthy decisions and moving towards your fitness and wellness goals. But, what exactly is a mood board, how do they work, and how can you use mood boards to be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself in 2023 (and beyond)?
Sometimes called a vision board, a mood board is a collection of pictures, graphics, words, and other visual images. They basically create a visual representation of a chosen topic, idea, concept or goal.
You can create a physical mood board (for example, by cutting out pictures from a magazine and collage them onto a piece of posterboard)—or, if you prefer a more tech-savvy route, you can create a virtual mood board using digital design tools.
What can you use a mood board for?
Mood boards are extremely versatile. You can create one for almost anything and for any reason (including just because you want to!). But one of the most effective ways to use them? To help you hit your goals.
For example, let’s say you just bought a new house. You can create a mood board full of interior design images—the colors, styles, textures, and patterns you want to incorporate into your home design—to help guide your decorating process.
Or suppose you’re still renting—but your goal is to buy a home in the near future. In that case, you can create a mood board to help you move toward your goals, complete with photos of your dream neighborhood, the kind of home you want to buy, and images that will inspire positive financial habits.
A mood board can be a helpful tool for working toward any goal. But as the new year approaches, they can be especially useful for helping you work towards your New Year’s resolutions, including your health and fitness resolutions.
So, how, exactly, can you use mood boards to help you reach your health and fitness goals—and help you move toward your healthiest, happiest self by 2023?
Make sure all your health goals are represented – mental, physical and emotional
When setting health resolutions for the coming year, it can be easy to focus on the physical – things like changing your diet or exercising more. And while you want to include 100 percent of those goals on your mood board, your physical health goals aren’t the only resolutions you want to present on your mood board. You’ll also want to include your mental and emotional health goals.
Think about the resolutions you want to make to improve your overall health in 2023—physical, mental, and emotional. For example, maybe your health resolution looks something like this:
- Physical: Run a 10k, learn to cook healthy meals at home, improve sleep hygiene and get a full 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Mental: Create a daily self-care practice, learn an instrument, read a book a month
- Emotional: Start seeing a therapist, schedule at least one “buddy date” every week
All of these resolutions will help you become a healthier, happier person—and so you’ll want to include them on your mood board.
Include images that inspire you
Once you know all the health resolutions you want to include on your mood board—physical, mental, and emotional—it’s time to start putting your mood board together. And the first step in that process? Collecting images to create your collage.
There is no “right” way to search, find and collect images for a mood board If you’re creating a physical mood board, you can clip images from books and magazines or put together your own—if you’re creating a digital mood board, you can search the Internet and take screenshots of images that align with your goals. .
But however you manage your photo search, the most important thing to remember? Choose pictures that inspire you.
Find motivational images that align with the goals you’re trying to hit For example, is completing your first marathon one of your fitness goals? Check out photos of people triumphantly crossing the marathon finish line or shots of the epic scenery of the place you want to run. Are you planning to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle in the coming year? Be sure to include lots of pictures of delicious, nutritious foods and meals to inspire your plant-based menu.
Last row? The purpose of your mood board is to serve as a visual representation of your health and fitness resolutions—and to motivate you to keep working toward those resolutions, even when it gets challenging. So, how to make sure your mood board inspires you when you need it most? Choose inspirational pictures.
Place your mood board on display
A mood board is a great reminder of the goals you’re working toward and the motivation to help you work toward those goals. But it can only remind and inspire you if you see it.
Display your mood board in a place where you will see it every day—for example, on your bedroom wall, on your dresser, or in your workout room. The more you look at your mood board, the more visual reminders you’ll get of your fitness and wellness resolutions—and those reminders can help you stay accountable to hitting your goals and keeping your resolutions.
Add to your mood board if needed
As the years progress, your fitness and wellness resolutions can progress right along. So, do you want your mood board to inspire you? Make sure to change and add to it as needed.
For example, let’s say your main New Year’s health resolution is to sleep better—and, as such, your mood board focuses on sleep-related imagery and inspiration. If you stay focused on that goal, chances are, your sleep will improve throughout the year—and by June, you might be getting such high-quality Zzz’s, sleep improvement won’t feel like a focus anymore.
In that situation, you may be called to add new resolutions to your mood board, such as exercising more or cooking more healthy meals—or you may be asked to create a new mood board entirely!
The point is, for a mood board to be effective, it needs to be a reflection of your current fitness and wellness goals and resolutions — so don’t be afraid to change or add to your mood board as those goals and resolutions change.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat your health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleeping habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.