I think we can all agree that feeling stuck in life really sucks. It happens to the best of us. Luckily, I've discovered eight super simple techniques that help to break through the blockage and get unstuck in a jiffy. Some are as simple as cleaning up your room, while others are more soulful like asking the Universe for a helping hand. The one thing they all have in common is that they are extremely effective and very hard to get wrong. #foolproof
Ever notice how when you're stressed, angry, or sad the first thing to go is your breathing? You get choked up, light headed, speechless, or just plain breathless.
Breath is literally life! And it's no coincidence that the more you breathe, the easier life is.
If you have a pet, you may have noticed that they don't even pause between their inhales and exhales. It's one nonstop, continuous motion. A constant flow of energy. It's no wonder they don't have a care in the world! Their breathing is nonstop, just how nature intended it to be.
Use your breathing to get unstuck. When you feel blocked deliberately take a few (or many) deep, quality breaths. With each breath, your metaphorical brick wall will be knocked down, piece by piece. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just breathe.
(If you want to take it to the next level you can always meditate or do some yoga.)
When I had depression all I wanted to do was SLEEP. Why? Because sleep provides immediate relief. Not only that, but it slows or even stops your negative energetic momentum before it gets out of hand. (Assuming you don't wake up and think "Where was I? Oh yes, I was stuck," and then try to pick up the blockage right where you left off.) It's an underrated vibration raising tool.
Our bodies know what we need when we need it. It's our job to honor our intuition and not dismiss these natural urges. Next time you feel stuck, simply take a nap. You know you want to. ;)
Don't lie, you've had your moments when you felt sad and wanted to cry so you purposefully listened to THE SADDEST song or watched THE SADDEST movie you could think of just to shed a tear.
Well, good for you! Way to follow your intuition and go with what your body is telling you it needs. When you feel like crying, don't hold back. Crying is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of freedom. Not to mention it's a huge stress reliever. When you cry you literally release stress hormones from your body.
If you keep emotions trapped inside your body they will just keep resurfacing in different ways until you release them, so you might as well cry it out before it evolves into a reoccurring issue.
I don't have much to say about this technique because I already wrote a whole article on it here, but basically decluttering is life. It's one of the easiest, most fool-proof ways to quickly get unstuck. Clearing space in your home is a surefire way to create clarity in your life.
Want to know a fun little technique for getting unstuck? Pick an inspirational book and open a page at random. The page you open is the page you need, so read it and take a hint.
To do this, I like to pick a good book, sit down, close my eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Then when I feel ready, I flip through the pages (with my eyes still closed) and stop when I feel the moment is right. Then I open my eyes and boom! The exact lesson I need is presented to me. It's that easy!
Some great books to do this with are ones with lots of inspirational quotes or positive affirmations. (Cough, cough, like my new book, #ActuallyICan The Art of Affirming Yourself to Greatness!)
Lack of forgiveness blocks us a lot more than we realize. When we hold on to even the tiniest grudge against a certain person or situation we are blocking off space in our heart that could be much better used for other things.
It's important to take the time to consciously forgive everything and everyone, no matter how big or small it may seem. As soon as you do, you will feel so much weight lifted off of you and get unstuck real fast!
Forgive everything. Forgive the situation. Forgive them. Forgive yourself. Whatever it is that's holding you back, just forgive it and move on already.
Like this, "I forgive ____________ for the simple reason that forgiveness sets ME free." (You don't have to forgive the actual person to their face. It's not necessarily about letting people off the hook, unless you want it to be. It's about you practicing forgiveness so YOU can feel better.) You don't need any better reason to forgive someone other than for you to find peace.
*Feel free to repeat this forgiveness process as necessary! Sometimes you have to forgive over and over before you really mean it.
How about you just give it to the Universe and trust that it will all work out in the end, just like it always does?
Say a little prayer. Prayer works wonders because you hand your problem(s) over to whatever higher power you believe in and your fear immediately dissolves, creating space for faith (or better yet, positive expectation).
You can also use this affirmation to get unstuck through surrender. "I let go of what no longer serves me." and then actually let it go. Don't just say it. Feel it. Letting go is not this 12 step process that you have to learn how to do. You literally just let go. It's only hard if you make it.
Ask for some guidance to get unstuck. Literally, just say "Hey Universe, please help me get unstuck. Show me the way. I'm ready to move on." Then watch for the next couple days and see what happens.
The Universe is always guiding you. The question is are you paying close enough attention to the signs? #probabalynot (But that's O.K. because the Universe never gives up on you and will give you as many signs as it takes for you to wake up and take a hint!)