Hitting a Wall? 5 Ways to Crush it and Recharge!
This morning I hit a wall. My wall was built out of frustration and hard work. It seemed the harder I worked, the more frustrated I became.
Working harder may not be the answer. So I’m taking a break.
Each of us hits a wall sometimes. Whether it involves work, family, friends or other commitments.
The trick is to recognize when you’ve hit that wall, and then do something about it.
Here are 5 easy ways to refresh your brain, so you can get back to being your creative self.
1. Reset your brain.
Sometimes just doing something different (washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom) can reset your brain.
No, it’s not glamorous, but it gets your brain in a different state of mind. Consider blasting some music to start a dance party while you’re cleaning.
2. Walk away.
Literally go for a walk. When I wrote this, I sat on a park bench next to a duck pond. Getting out of my head, and taking a walk around a park reorients your thoughts.
This practice reminds me that the block or wall I’ve created is all in my head. It gives me a chance to relax and think about simple stuff. Park + ducks + pond = pretty.
3. Work out.
Go for a run. Do some yoga. Do some jumping jacks. It stimulates your body, burns off some frustration and it’s good for your heart. What’s not to love?
This is also an opportunity for a dance party. (Have you detected a theme?)
4. Vent to someone.
Know which friend or friends you can vent to who will just listen. My favorite technique is to text or email a friend with something like this:
“I need to just vent for a second…(proceed to complain, complain, complain).”
“No need to respond. I just needed to get this out. Thank you so much for listening. Love you!”
You know the supportive friends from the other ones.
5. Sit quietly.
I label this one “sit quietly” because I feel like a lot of people become intimidated by the word meditation. To some, they may think meditation means that they must control their thoughts completely. That’s not the case. The point of meditation is to observe our thoughts and to see where our thoughts go, then kindly, gently redirect our thoughts to the present moment.
Here’s a few tips to get you started on a meditation practice.
- Find a comfortable seat. I like to sit on a pillow or cushion. Then I cross my legs so that my knees rest on the ground and my hips are slightly higher than my knees. This position helps me sit up tall.
- Close your eyes and breath. Observe your breath as it moves in and out through your nose.
- Be patient with yourself. Your mind will try to force you out of stillness. Most of us don’t sit still for more than a few seconds at a time. When your mind tells you that your nose itches, just observe the itch and think to yourself, “That’s interesting.” It’ll go away after a while. (Forgive yourself if you end up scratching it anyway.)
- Your mind will wander and start revisiting events that happened long ago or start thinking about things that haven’t happened yet. Just observe what your brain is doing and gently, with compassion, guide your thoughts back to your breath.
You can meditate for 10 breaths or 10 minutes. No one is judging you. Promise.
Hint: I find that I do my best meditating after a bubble bath. “Me time” is essential to creativity. It lets us tap into parts of our brain that we simply don’t regularly.
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