Remove The Block

You know that all-too-familiar feeling of wrestling your brain into a state of cooperation?

Defeating mental block can seem impossible. Whether it’s because we’re over-tired, have self-limiting beliefs, or just aren’t that into what we’re doing—there are many reasons why a block can manifest.  While we all experience them in varied situations, there are solutions to this shared problem. Read on for our top five.

Change your environment

A change is as good as a holiday, they say. Next time you’re stuck on a project, pack things up and head somewhere new—e.g. a local café or even the public library. A new environment with different inputs might stimulate new ideas. If you don’t have the luxury of going somewhere else, give your work space a little tidy and reorganisation. The absence of clutter will help your mind think more clearly too.

Don’t get too frustrated

Emotions are controlled by the limbic system of the brain. When heightened, emotions can literally high-jack our brains by competing with the logical thought processes of our brain's cortex. So next time you feel like pulling your hair out, remember that the angrier you get, the further you move away from the finish line.

Get moving

Don’t just sit at your desk all day trying to hash it out. Studies show that people who are more active are better at processing information. Aerobic exercise in particular is shown to strengthen how people respond to challenges and lead to improved task performance. Try a walk or even a short run to get those ideas pumping.

Get out of your own head

It’s hard to get creative mulling over the same ideas again and again. Instead, try getting out of your own head! There are several ways you can do this:

  • Run your ideas by someone else. This can give you some outside perspective and inspiration.

  • Use mind-maps to try and solve the problem. These differ from the usual linear logic we are used to, and instead use a branched approach that helps to see things from all angles.

  • Instead of trying to figure things out for yourself, go watch a TED talk, listen to some podcasts, or find some other relevant resources to get some guidance.

Take care of your body

This probably won’t be at the top of your list, but it’s essential to keep you at the top of your game. Make sure that you’ve eaten well and had enough rest. If your body is worried about getting enough sleep and nutrients, your brain won’t be able to prioritise what you want it to.

Next time you’re feeling stuck, try utilising some of these tips and tricks to help!