What do you do when you feel stuck?
Seriously, what do you do when you are stuck like that guy in the picture?
You know, you feel like you are plastered to a wall and some chick in a red beret is just staring at you?
I will tell you what I do.
What? You don’t think I get stuck ever?
(Hold on while I LOL.)
Sometimes I get so stuck that I feel as if I have taught the same yoga class 678 times. At least.
Sometimes I feel so stuck that it seems my car could drive itself, it doesn’t even need me because it’s been to the same places so many times.
Sometimes I feel as if I have made the same mistakes over and over that I must be insane because only crazies keep doing the same things over and over and expecting different results, right?
Sometimes my thoughts feel very very stuck. Like Elmers. Like gum on a shoe. Like they are on a merry-go-round that ceased me merry a long time ago. They simply just go round and round.
There’s many days (fewer and father between lately) where I feel stuck. Where I feel down. Where I feel blue. Uninspired. Bored. Lazy.
You know. The gamut.
I did a scientific experiment that involved a lot of stuff, and here is what I found works best to get me unstuck and back to my Manifesting Self.
1. Laugh. I watch shows that makes me laugh (hint hint: Modern Family.) I hang out with funny people. I play with babies. I read funny books. I make dumb jokes. I sing out loud. When I laugh I feel the most “me” and it is from that space that I can move forward and get unstuck. From that place I can create. From that place I can take myself less seriously.
2. Hang out with people who inspire me. See earlier Daily Manifestation Challenge called “Who You Hanging With?” Who inspires you? Are you surrounding yourself with these people. Make a list in the comment section below. And, if you aren’t hanging with them yet, I suggest you make a date. It’s kind of a no-brainer but when you hang with people that excite and inspire you, it rubs off on you! It’s like a rope that they throw down the hole to pull you out of that ditch you are stuck in.
3. Make vision boards. They don’t even have to be proper Vision boards (like there is even a such thing as a “proper” vision board) but something where you are visualizing your desires and dreams and the things you want to manifest into your life. Visualization is key! Can you visualize yourself being unstuck? This is a profound question. If the answer is no my advice is to keep trying. Keep practicing. Repeat this mantra: I can manifest anything I put my attention on.
(Ahem. What are you putting your attention on anyway?)
4. Take a class. This weekend I am taking a class purely by chance My friend Juliet offered me a ticket to a wine and cheese class. Yes, I know. It had my name all over it. But you know what? It made me realize how much I love learning and miss being in school or taking class. Keep learning and studying always. Forever.
5. Do yoga. Or something. Anything! I am a yoga teacher, so yea, I do the yoga. But do whatever. Hike! Walk on the beach! Get connected to nature. Go watch the sun set or rise. Something that gives you a connection to something outside of yourself. Get your blood pumping and your adrenaline going. I notice I get majorly depressed when I am stagnant too long and yet the longer I am stagnant the harder it is to get motivated. Catch 22? Why, yes! But most of life is. Get used to it.
5. Do things that make you feel good.To quote my own poem, “How To Make A Life”
Let your joy be contagious and spread through
Your home, your job, your children.
Let it spread through the world
Like a virus so that when you forget it,
Every so often, you’ll catch it from someone else.
Whatever brings you joy, do it. Be it taking a bubble bath, curling in bed with a good book, cracking open a nice bottle of Cab, buying a nice smelling candle, painting, calling your friends in New Jersey, playing with your toddler, yoga. Whatever it is, just do it.
I want to coin that phrase “Just Do It” but I swear I have heard it somewhere before?
Today’s DMC is about being stuck and getting un-stuck. In the comment section below, list your experiences with being stuck. List what you do to get out or what you would like to do next time. List ideas you may have. Hey, I need them as much as you do, Dear Manifesters!
Being a creative and free spirit, it is easy to feel restless and bored. And blue. And yes, sometimes uninspired. I am always looking for ways to keep blossoming and to keep my ideas fresh. I really don’t like feeling this a whole lot:
Keep on manifesting your life,
One laugh a time,
Well, how timely, dear friend – I’m stuck right now!
What do I do?
1. Call for backup. 🙂 That’s what friends are for right? Plus, I think I found a great life coach to help me get to the next level!
2. Let some of it go. The to-do lists and expectations. When I come to think of it, half isn’t really that important. And the other half? It can wait until tomorrow.
3. Slow down and refresh. Goes hand in hand with the above but taking it s step further…literally catch some ZZZs.
With that, I think I’ll enjoy this nap feeling a little less stuck :).
I am stuck in this American life. When I first moved here from Canada (for love) I tried too hard to make it my own and now I am just waiting — either for it to start to feel like home or until I go home.
In the meantime, here is what I am doing to find the joy in waiting:
1. I am searching for the beauty in imperfection.
2. I am remembering the mantras from two of my favorite (favourite for my Canadians) books: “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” (my 3-year old is reciting it as we speak and singing some adorable but unintelligible song) and “I love my home. I love my nest. In all the world my nest is best.”
3. I am nourishing myself by being fully present with my husband and son, writing music, moving my body, re-learning how to cook without wheat, asking for what I need, laughing at me frustration.
This was so beautiful. Like a poem. I am printing this out. Thank you for being such a gorgeous light and writer. Keep finding the beauty in imperfection. I know I am. x jen
Thanks Jen! Feel free to edit my leprechaun speak, or imagine me doing a little jig and laughing at “me” frustration! 🙂
Wow thanks Jen. Have been off-line for a few days and missed some of the posts. Well this one resonates today. My birthday was last week. It was OK as birthdays go but sunday night (3 days following the actual day) my daughter and son-in-law (drove to where I live 2 plus hours north of LA) and along with a few good friends as well as my husband took me out to dinner. We laughed and laughed and laughed and had a good time. Guess what!!! One of the best birthday’s I can remember and I will cherish the memory. It was so much fun and I felt like a million bucks. The feeling is still with me. Also I realized I have not been walking lately and that always brings me so much joy. Especially silly me who stops and talks to all of the local animals (I live in ranch country). Thanks for reminding me of all of this.