How Do You Get Unstuck?

Are you stuck in a rut? Same job, same habits, same daily drudge? Maybe it is time to examine a few things and perhaps get unstuck.

I came across an article recently from Rena, the Unstuck Coach, who offers Top 5 Ways to Get Unstuck:

  • Slow down – Take a few minutes each day to slow down, breathe mindfully and just notice how you are feeling. Notice what thoughts are running through your mind.
  • Spend time in nature – Take walk or just sit and observe nature it could be in a park, in the forest, at a beach or in your back yard nature is close by if you take time to look and listen.
  • Scribble or journal – Write down how you are feeling. Write about what is bothering you. Write about how your day was. Write about anything! Putting it down on paper will give you a new perspective and often sparks insights. Try it.
  • Speak your truth out loud – Talk with a trusted friend, counselor or a coach. It is powerful when you share what you are feeling and have someone who is open-minded and nonjudgmental listening. You will have your wisdom and your authentic truth reflected back to you. This can allow for some amazing insights and shifts to happen!
  • See yourself differently – This means visualizing what you DO want instead of imagining the worst or draining your energy with worry. Visualization is a powerful tool that takes practice.

All great suggestions. The journal suggestion is particularly helpful. In the workbook The Artist’s Way, the first suggestion to unlocking your inner creativity is to spend time each morning with your Morning Pages. 

You may feel that you already journal, but here is what is different about the Morning Pages that has been  helpful to me.

1. You write in the morning. I’ve talked about this before in the article Jump Start Your Day. There is so much value in setting your alarm 15-30 minutes before you need to wake up the rest of your family. It is such a great way to start the day; ease into the day. 

Most people journal at the end of the day. They write about what happened and how they felt about it. The trouble with that, something the Artist’s Way author Julia Cameron spotlights, is that it is done. There isn’t anything you can do about it.

In fact, by rehashing a particular challenge just before you go to bed can actually negatively impact your sleep. 

What I have found about moving that writing to the morning is that I have the opportunity to get all my concerns, stresses, fears, out on paper. When they are on paper they lose some of their power to encourage the negative voice in my head. On paper I can see them for what they are – I can assign tasks – delegate – make a plan for fixing, reducing or completing  whatever is necessary.

The best part – it is early in the morning and I have the whole day in front of me to do something about it!

2. You are supposed to write three pages. Well, I don’t know about you, but when I write down my normal journal content, I’m done in less than three pages on most days. So do I quit or continue?

The author’s contention is that when faced with continuing writing, we unearth some of our inner desires. This is where our creative soul can appear. 

You may say – I’m not creative, I don’t draw or sing or craft or write, but everyone has a sense of creativity in them. It just may be in the unique way you look at the world.

A friend of mine who has also started with Morning Pages recently found herself writing about playing the piano and sewing; two activities she had enjoyed in the past. She had allowed time, family, tasks, work, bla bla bla, to get in the way. So over the weekend she sat down at the piano. Sure she was rusty but there was a calming sense that came over her and a joy that filled her heart.

Getting unstuck doesn’t have to mean quitting your job or your marriage or your town. It can mean something as simple as reintroducing a person, activity or hobby that brings you joy. 

How are you feeling stuck? What part of your life needs to be rejuvenated? Try some of the tips from Rena and consider doing a little journaling. See what emerges.