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Do you ever get the blahs? Ever feel dull, flat, uninspired? Even completely stuck? Not only can you not write something brilliant in those times, you can’t even think why you would write or what your readers would be interested in. Maybe this has been slyly creeping up on you for days or weeks. But now, it’s really keeping you from being the producer and the inspiration you need to be. It’s official: your brain is stale!
But wait! There’s both hope and help, without even calling a psychiatrist (very expensive) or Mom (might rip into you). And whining to a friend over coffee isn’t the answer, either. We can wear out friendships with this kind of prattle.
If you are on a deadline or need to see a client in the next couple of hours, use these Emergency Boosts:
- Roll your shoulders in every possible direction, in a slow and stretching way, for two minutes. It’s the stretch, not the getting there, that’s important.
- Run in place for two minutes, or take your shoes off and do any other wildly active flailing about that will get your blood going for two minutes.
- Set up your work area as though you are about to have a terrific writing/client session and…
- Drink a double espresso drink or strong black or green tea.
The first two steps open up tight muscles and constricted blood flow from tight muscles, resulting in better oxygen supply to the brain within 30 seconds. Step 3 sets you up with a success context. Another article will cover this in more detail. Step 4 provides you with digestive stimulation, which wakes up the brain, together with massive antioxidant flow, which enables the brain. In Step 5, the rubber hits the road.
And what if you’re not in a staleness emergency? If you’re not on a tight deadline and don’t have to meet with a client shortly, here’s the bigger picture: you can – and you need to – get some fresh new input in your life and overall routine. There are two main causes for this. First, maybe you’re thinking, “Well, my last chapter/client session wasn’t that hot.” So actually, you’re stuck in worry that you’re not good enough and your work is not good enough. If you are a person of faith, consider God’s advice:
Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth!
— Isaiah 34:18-19 NIV
You need to release old thoughts and self-judgement. Now consider that you are currently the best you that you have ever been. And no one is more qualified to do exactly what you do than you are. The Universe has unique plans for each of us, and each of us is uniquely qualified for our particular journey.
The second reason your sense of life has gone stale is simply that you need to mix it up! A pipe can’t deliver water unless there is water flowing in. If you dam a stream, it dries up. So if your thoughtstream or your heartstream are dry, the dam needs to let new thoughts and feelings flow in and through. The quickest way to do this may be to shift your scene, even for a couple of hours. Take a microvacation to the botanical garden or the zoo, camera in hand. Or see an indie movie. Have lunch on the patio of a new café afterward. As you take in the new sights, smells, sounds, and activities of these places and experiences, journal out (into the notes section of your phone, if you like) your new thoughts and feelings. Take more photos, even videos. Now there’s new flow in your thoughtstream and heartstream.
It’s Spring, and there has never been another one like it. This is your new moment, your new day, and there has never been another one like it. In your newness, there can be perpetual astonishment. Allow it. Court it. Be it. The freshness is yours. Enjoy your fresh start!
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Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and award-winning author. She also is an ordained minister and has a natural healing practice. Among her books are: Discover the Secret Energized You, and Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. Either Peace Within or Sacred Meditation are available through her office. Just call, or email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.