You know how I asked you to fill out that questionnaire? Well, I was reading through some of your responses when I noticed a word pop up over, and over, and over again:
I feel stuck in a rut. I’m stuck in a job I hate. I’m stuck in my comfort zone.
Something I think we can all relate to is that feeling of being stuck, especially stuck in worry about an issue, or stuck in fear, or stuck stressing about something.
As you guys know, my whole life philosophy is about continual improvement and progress, so ‘stuckness’ is kind of like my nemesis.
Yeah, look, Turia vs The Stuckness is not a hero/villain storyline I’m expecting Marvel to pick up anytime soon ?.
BUT I do have some pretty epic little tricks to getting unstuck, and fast.
So, today, I’m gonna share my favourite tip with you.
But first, let me paint a picture for you (not literally you goose! With my words….)
You’re going about your life, plodding away, when dun dun dunnn an issue presents itself. Whether it’s your job, your body, your relationship with yourself and others – you realise you’re not going in the direction you want. And so you start to feel stressed, or worried, or scared.
And so what do you do? You start THINKING.
And you start GOOGLING. And then you think some more, and google some more, and before you know it, you’re not just stuck in the issue, but you’re also stuck in a state of circular thoughts and stuck in an emotional response.
You’re stuck thinking about your stuckness.
When this happens, you’ve got to break the cycle.
But here’s the thing, if you want to smash the stuckness, you can’t THINK your way out.
If you want to get unstuck, don’t use your mind – use your body. – Tweet it.
It’s been proven that when you make a quick and radical change in the way you breathe or move, your cortisol (a stress hormone you really only need when you’re trying to outswim a Great White) decreases, and your testosterone increases.
When these hormones balance out in this way, your body prepares your mind for action, you can make DECISIONS more easily and you find solutions more readily.
So, next time you feel stuck in fear or stress or worry, or whatever, don’t try to THINK your way out. Change your BODY instead.
Take a few deep breaths, do a power pose, run on the spot for one minute, or do 20 push ups.
It’s a simple thing, but it will help you smash through stuckness, every time.
Now, over to you, if there’s a strategy you use to help yourself get unstuck, let me know in the comments below.
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