I just spent the whole morning writing. And I definitely sat down for too long, so I was feeling stagnant and utterly uninspired. I wasn’t just physically stagnant, but mentally as well (they’re intimately interconnected).
You know that feeling, right? It’s that eye-rolling combination of being drained, dreary, exhausted and indecisive, with no mental capacity or motivation to do anything.
I knew that I had to do something about it. I needed to create a shift somehow or I would feel like a rusty wheelbarrow with a flat tire for the rest of the day.
So I did the following, and in about 3 minutes I felt anew and reinvigorated.
3 Minutes to Overcome Stagnation
Step 1) Put on a song you love – Play any song that makes you feel good.
Step 2) Take 10 deep breaths – Breathe deeply into your belly. Feel the energy flowing within. Remember this: Shallow breathing makes you feel like shit and deep breathing makes you feel awesome.
Step 3) Do some stretches, yoga poses or any mobility exercises – Do whatever comes to you, whatever your body feels like doing (listen to it). Just get your body moving, release built-up tension, get your blood pumping and your energy circulating. Break out of the rigid rigamortus. Open up and bring your body back its healthy, supple state.
If you’re a complete newbie to this stuff, try Elliott Hulse’s Bioenergizer Warmup.
Step 4) Dance – Feel the music. Let loose and let your body creatively express itself. This is cathartic physically, mentally and emotionally. Don’t underestimate the power of dance. A few minutes of dancing like you’re possessed by the music will shift your momentum for the rest of the day.
By the time the song’s over, you’ll feel like a new (wo)man.
This is a quick and simple strategy to help you overcome the inertia of stagnation and set your momentum in a positive direction.
From there, you’ll feel like you can do anything. After putting this technique to use, I had so much energy that I went right into an intense workout. It felt amazing.
Try out this technique the next time you’re feeling stagnant. It really works.
Life is movement. No movement, no life. Know movement, know life.
– Stevie P