We all have moments of fear, anxiety, worry, and frets. Sometimes it can feel like that fear takes over everything and our work, our self-care, and our big dreams for the future grind to a halt. In this moment, we have a choice. Stay paralyzed or get unstuck? Here are five tips for getting unstuck.

Move Your Body

Exercise releases endorphins, and can help you to overcome emotional blocks. There is even more evidence that exercise outside can do even more to shift the mental mindset. Brain-Derived Neutrotrophic Factor is released as well. Combined these brain chemicals increase euphoria, promoted happiness and fight stress.

Even beyond that, exercise changes brain plasticity. Plastic brains have the ability to shift and change and be nimble in the cerebrum. This allows the brain to learn, adapt, and recall more effectively.

Sleep

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Lack of sleep is one of the worst possible things that you can do to your body, and we don’t know exactly why. We honestly don’t even know what we have the need for sleep.

We do know that when we sleep, our brain shifts from day to day activities to archiving memories, creating connections between information packets in the brain, process and eliminating toxins.

Following a good night’s sleep, you may find that the task that seemed impossible yesterday all of a sudden seems doable. One simple and easy approach to get unstuck.

Meditate

Lord knows this is one of my go-tos. If you aren’t inspired to get a project done, sit and imagine the project as already done. What does that feel and look like? Seeing it to completion makes it easier to get going. 

When you don’t meditate regularly, you create strong ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and this means that you are more likely to interpret physical sensations of anxiety and fear as a personal problem. This increases the risk of rumination and fixation on negative emotions.

But when you meditate, you have fewer connections in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and instead have connections in lateral prefrontal cortex. This allows us to process information more rationally. This makes us better equipped to deal with stress, anxiety, and danger. It also increases empathy and compassion.

Best of all, this happens with as little as 15 minutes a day. So the next time you need to get unstuck, just sit for a few minutes in quiet meditation.

Just Start

Even if it is just one small action, one action can get you going on a roll. Studies have shown that the simple act of making up your bed each morning can reduce levels of depression. One accomplishment leads to other accomplishments, and this helps to increase our confidence.

Starting with just one thing can also help you to prevent overwhelm. When you need to move past the stuck, just start.

Get over your need for perfectionism and just start.

Jam out to Your Favorite Song

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When I’m feeling stuck or scared, I love to pick an empowering song and dance or sing. My personal favorites are Confident by Demi Lovato, old rap jams, and High Roller by Crystal Method.

But why does music help you to move past emotional and creative blocks. Music lowers brain wave frequency, and this allows creates the best possible scenario for learning new information, perform elaborate tasks, learn new languages, and analyze complex information.

We all get stuck. Success is, in part, how quickly you get unstuck.

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