Welcome to Part 2 of my mini post series about how to deal with feeling blocked, stuck or in a rut.
In my last post I talked about using Inspiration to help you break you out of your blocked state. And in this post I am going to speak about Playing Games to stimulate your brain to help you come up with a fresh and fun way to approach to your problem or block.
PART 2: Play a Game to Clear Blocks
Do you remember playing as a kid – how you could quickly forget you just skinned your knees from a fall, because you were having so much fun playing with a friend? Well the same trick works when it comes to overcoming any kind of block. Playing a game, can not only help you forget the fact you were in a blocked state, but if you play the right games you can discover ideas or solutions that will help you get your forward momentum back.
Set aside at least 15 minutes to play a game by yourself or with others. This can break your mental loop and help you get your brain to shift gears and get energized again with stimulation.
Not all games are equal or beneficial. Some games, decks and apps are just good for entertainment and distraction but there are some games out there that do more – they stimulate and inspire.
Feel free to try these:
And please share with me in the comments section if you have others to recommend
So I challenge you right now!
Get up go play a creativity building fun game and see what happens!
In the third part of this Blog series - We will talk about how exercise and physical movement can sweep away those mental blocks.
Part 1: Feeling blocked? Get Inspired
Ever had a time in your life where you felt blocked, stuck or in a rut?
The fact at some point in our lives, we will all be in this situation.
And There is nothing more frustrated when you can't see the forest through the trees. Whether you are having writers block, lacking inspiration or just plain feeling stuck. Sometimes to get the juices flowing again you have to
Are you ready to clear away some mental junk? Great!
This a four part series sharing ideas and tools to help you get unstuck.
1. Get Inspired - Need a quick inspiration boost right now?
2. Time to Play - Need help Gamifying a way out of your rut?
3. Move your Body to Move your Mind - Its all about leveraging the body mind connection
4. Get out of your Head: Writing and Talking about it clears the air
(and if I missed any of your favorites - feel free to chime in on the comments section)
Let's Get Started
Its time to summon your modern muse. Through exposing yourself to new ideas and taking a moment to laugh you can
How do you do that? Let me share a few of my favorite ways
Expose yourself to new Ideas
TED Talks - I can’t say enough good things about TED. I aspire to attendee one of these incredible events. They curate and bring together the most brilliant, inspirational and powerful innovators, philosophers, technologists and philanthropists – all who present short video talks about ideas that bring meaning and matter to our lives and the world around us. If I am feeling down or
stuck or need inspiration I simply go online and watch one of these 5 to 20 minute videos.
This amazing video from Elora Hardy who creates amazing bespoke homes right out of her imagination
Laughter is the best medicine
IcanhasCheezburger - This site is ridiculous and that is why I love it so much. It makes me laugh and sometime laughter is a great way to disrupt and break up a mental block. Just a warning – if you are in an office environment– you will more than likely find yourself laughing out loud.
Find inspiration in Others
You Tube – You can search for “inspiration” or “inspirational” and you can find a wide selection of videos that will help you move back into a to a state of mental motion. One video I really like is called Levitate. The first few times I saw it I felt chills with excitement. This video is a great way to change your locked state as it will inspire you to take action after you see this.
And if that video didn't get your energy going - and you are in a state where you are feeling sorry for yourself - that you feel like you can't do it. Then watch this. I felt after watching this, I had no excuses for taking action I had been procrastinating.
This kid is pure unadulterated inspiration to me. If he can do it, I can do it, and you can do it.
So are you feeling more inspired right now? Is your mind starting to break out of that rut. Fantastic!
Now it's your turn...
What are your favorite ways to inspire yourself to achieve and overcome being stuck?