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Could Pokémon Go actually be making the world a better place?

In less than a month, Pokémon Go has captivated the world, blurring the line between the real and the virtual. The augmented reality app is designed to get people on their feet, explore their city or town and capture Pokémon on their smartphones. PokéStops are scattered around the city, where players can collect Poké Balls, and connect with other players to discover where other Pokémon are hidden, levelling up as they do so.

Love it or hate it, that app actually might be doing a lot of good. And at Inspired Adventures, we love doing good!

Here are some of the ways this humble app has made a positive change in the world.

It has lead to the rescue of abandoned animals

From hamsters to injured dogs, players have found and rescued a number of animals on their quest to catch Pokémon. Sara Perez and Matthew Teague discovered an abandoned cage full of hamsters and mice and took them home to nurse back to health. A few of the hamsters have been adopted so far, with the rest to find homes soon. Another woman also discovered an injured puppy during her Pokémon search. The puppy appeared to have been abandoned, and was taken to the vet for treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

It has given new homes to shelter dogs

A dog shelter in the US state of New Mexico has invited players to bring along a canine companion with them while on the hunt for Pokémon. Organiser Haley Bowers said, “A lot of people that like Pokémon like animals, so I figured it would be a pretty good program to combine both the dogs and Pokémon”. The shelter has already experienced a spike in the number of adoptions as a result of this initiative. At least 10 people have filed to adopt, but anyone is welcome to stop by just to take the dogs along for a walk!

It’s helping people find love

You can catch Pokémon, and as it turns out the eye of other players as well.

A couple in Canada have met through the game and have been inseparable since. “I’ve tried Plenty of Fish, I’ve tried Tinder, OKCupid nothing no luck whatsoever and then right away with Pokemon Go I met someone,” said 26-year-old Patrick Toutain. He met Chelsea Lemire on a chat board for Pokémon Go.

“A lot of us grew up with it so to meet somebody else that kind of had the same childhood growing up with it you instantly connect,” said Lemire. “You have to get out of the house to play so you don’t have a choice but to talk to people,” she added.

We’re sure there are plenty more couples who have met through Pokémon Go!

It gets people moving

Perhaps most obviously, Pokémon Go is getting people outside, as the aim is to find Pokémon in your neighbourhood. It is one of the reasons that the app was created in the first place. More people are spending time walking outside, and step counts have almost doubled in the time that Pokémon Go has existed. It has given people the motivation to get up and stay active, for hours at a time.

It is improving the lives of those suffering from anxiety and depression

People who suffer with social disorders, anxiety and depression have found solace in the game, which encourages players to connect with others. Jack Kilbourn, from the UK has battled with depression and anxiety for years. He now spends his time walking around the city in search of Pokémon, connecting with other players who share his enthusiasm for the game. “I’m getting more confidence… Pokémon is encouraging me to get out of the house again and speak to other people – I would never have done that before. I’m starting to feel better again,” he says. And he’s not the only one; hundreds of Twitter users claim that the app has helped them make new friends despite suffering with social anxiety.

It’s sharing knowledge

Pokémon Go encourages players to explore and observe the world around them. It’s a great way for kids to learn how to use maps, and if you’re not aware of the geography of your area, the game helps with that too.

Many businesses are also jumping on the Pokémon bandwagon to varying levels of success. One zookeeper at Birmingham Zoo noticed that many people were visiting the zoo to catch Pokémon, so she decided to make the exhibits more Pokémon-friendly:

Source: Zookeeper problems

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Go Glomad: Destress and Revitalise

In a world where most of us are constantly on the go, it’s important to remember to take the time to destress and get in touch with yourself and your needs.

That’s where Glomad comes in. Founder of Glomad, Josh Murray, understood that there was more to life than his career and constantly running around and being stressed. He wanted to do something more. So he founded Glomad, the top destination for finding incredible yoga workshops, retreats, teacher training and festivals around the world!

We were lucky enough to catch a quick interview with Josh about Glomad and what it’s all about.

Check it out below!

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How to Keep Running after you’ve crossed the Finish Line

Most of us, especially the adventurous types, enjoy setting ourselves a challenge – 4 day juice detox, 30 day plank challenge, climbing a mountain or running a marathon. We’re no strangers to pushing ourselves to the limit. Challenges are a great way to lightening-bolt us into action and help us introduce positive behaviours into our lives.

The thing about setting fitness and health goals is that most of time there is a definitive start and stop. To make sure the ‘stop’ is not permanent and that you carry the behaviours you picked up along the way for the rest of your life, you’ll need to form a habit.

Habits extend beyond goal setting and become natural behaviours that we can follow endlessly, without decision or debate.

Eating healthier, exercising regularly, pursuing our passion, being better towards one another—these are all behaviours we strive to carry out. So what does it take to keep up these behaviours over a lifetime?

It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are our top tips for forming behaviours that stick with you well beyond the finish-line.

Get to know yourself

First, engage in self-inquiry. Habits are personal, and it will take a personal approach. If you are more of a lark than an owl, schedule your exercise for the morning, or vice-versa. Work with your natural tendencies, not against them. Some people prefer exercising alone and find it’s a time of space and silence. Others need to exercise with people; it helps distract them and also holds them accountable. There is no use in aiming to be inside at a gym all night lifting weights if you’re more of an outdoor person. Find out what works for you and run with it!

Pay attention to starting points and finish lines

Whenever you go through any big changes in your life – a change of scene, job or relationship, you’re in a unique space to create and sustain better habits. A clean slate can make it much easier for you to adopt new behaviours. Signing up to a fitness challenge is a great way of creating a fresh start. From the moment you commit, your actions are all geared towards that goal. Use this new lease on life to build positive patterns.

Finish lines can also be a great tool for goal setting and long-term behaviour changes. However, finish lines can be dangerous too. Finish lines tend to disrupt habits as they are marked with a clear stopping point, and stopping points make us vulnerable. For most of us, finish lines mark success. Once we’ve decided we’ve achieved enough, we tend to stop moving forward. It is really important to have a game plan for after you cross the finish line. If you are on a 30-day yoga challenge – day 31 is the most important.

Strategy = success

There is no one-size-fits all formula for rapid and permanent change in behaviours. There are however, dozens of different strategies you can try to help influence your path towards a more positive direction.

Recognise triggers and how to avoid them. If they are unavoidable, make a strong ‘If-Then’ game plan to avoid on-the-spot justifications at times of weakness.

If I have to stay at work late and miss my gym class…
Then I will go for a run before dinner

If it is raining outside and I can’t go for a run…
Then I will do an online yoga class at home

If I miss a day because I’m sick…
Then I will focus on recovery and go for a short run when I feel up for it.

Another strategy for success is loophole spotting. There’s a loophole for every occasion. Even when we’re deeply committed to a good habit and enjoy it, we often seek justification to excuse ourselves from it…just this once!

I’ve Been So Good loophole – You are not entitled to something ‘bad’ because you have been so ‘good’.

I’ll start tomorrow loophole – It doesn’t matter what I eat tonight, because I’ll be good tomorrow. Or, I’ll rest today because tomorrow I’ll do a really big workout. Don’t let yourself play this game of ‘later’.

Loopholes are not on your side. At the end of the day, you need to make sure that your behaviours are ones that make you feel healthier and happier, not worse. If your actions aren’t aligned with your intentions, something’s got to give.

There are some great kick-starter ways to form habits, for example setting yourself a challenge like an Inspired Adventure is a brilliant place to start.

Remember: good habits have no finish line.

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Managing work stress:
stay healthy, stay happy

Have you ever had one of those days where one more email, or one more item added to your to-do list, might just melt you into a puddle under your desk? I have! It’s just the reality of working with modern technology. We’re always accessible, always on, and it can take a real toll on our physical and mental well-being. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are easy and painless ways to look after yourself at work to keep stress down and health up.

Midday meditation


On July 24th, Inspired HQ took time out to ‘stress down’ for Lifeline’s Stress Down Day, an annual event to bring awareness to the effects of stress and raise funds for Lifeline’s support services. We enjoyed a midday yoga nidra session. If you’ve never tried yoga nidra, it’s a form of guided meditation where you bring awareness to every body part, quieting the mind and relieving tension held in the body. This is also known as yogic sleep – yes! you can even yoga in your sleep. We all felt light as a feather after just ten minutes. But even just a minute closing your eyes or looking away from your screen focusing on breathing deeply in and out of your nose has been proven to improve focus and reduce stress.

Just add animals

In addition to our yoga nidra session for Stress Down Day, we were joined in the office by Rosco, a big cuddly bulldog. It’s pretty hard to be too stressed when you see this under your desk:


If you need to convince your boss that an office pet is a good idea, just forward one of the many studies online showing how animals in the workplace can reduce stress, increase employee retention and even boost productivity. Here’s one to get you started.

Get Moving

Rather than sitting at your colleague’s desk or in a meeting room, take your next meeting outdoors for a power walk. Fresh air gives you a fresh take on problems leading to more creative solutions. There’s even an entire TedTalk dedicated to the concept and is said to be one of Barack Obama’s favourite ways to take a one-on-one meeting. Besides, your backside could probably use a break from your swivel chair.

Take real breaks

Next time you’re tempted to nuke your lunch in the microwave, sit back down at your desk and click away at your keyboard while absentmindedly eating – don’t! Take a real break. Even if you only have 20 minutes, eat your lunch away from a screen and let yourself think about something other than work. Sitting outside, or walking around the block can do wonders for your afternoon stress levels. If you have a little longer, check out the amenities near your workplace. Maybe there’s a library, gym, beautiful park or museum you can wander around. You don’t want to end up on Saddesklunch do you?

And watch out for too much overtime. Staying back late when you’ve got a big project deadline or urgent problem is unavoidable, but if you find yourself working late more often than not, have a think about which projects you can prioritise, delegate what you can, and ask for help if needed.

If you need to talk to someone about stress call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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