Do Something About That Mental Block
The way society moves nowadays has us feeling like our mental pipes are clogged up, except this is one thing that Liquid Plumr cannot fix. You basically have this idea in your head that you want to bring to life, but then there’s that “Dead End” sign looming in the back of your mind, forcing you to U-turn and start over from scratch and end up in the same rut as before. Sucks, doesn’t it?
Yup, that’s that writer’s block, artist’s block, crafter’s block…whatever you want to call it. What I do know is that it’s a mental stoppage that keeps us from getting our creative juices flowing. We all go through that stage in our lives where we hit that proverbial brick wall and figure out if we should either just sit there, go around it, or plow through it. So what would be the best way to metaphorically unclog those pipes that are stopped up in your mind? These few things can help get you out of that ditch, as well as patch it up in case you fall in again.
1. Clean House…Literally
This is where I say Praise God for aunties. Whenever I’d pay her a visit, this is one of the things my aunt and I would talk about. She would tell me that if your space is clean, then your mind and soul are cleansed. That simple statement spoke so many volumes that I have to take it to heart.
Always make sure your space is clean. Your mind goes in disarray if you let it get dirty. Ain’t no sense in letting dishes get caked up with grease, clothes and other stuff strewn everywhere, and your bedroom looking disheveled like you just had a hell of a fling last night. So yeah, get to work on making your place look like something out of those Living Spaces commercials if you need to get out of that funk.
For the TL;DR crowd, clean house = clear mind.
2. Put On Some Music
Speaking of cleaning house, I come from an era where our parents put on some oldies or whatever R&B joint was hot at the time while vacuuming, washing dishes, or just straightening up the place. Yes, music does help in situations where you feel bogged down mentally. I recommend playing some of your favorite jams from back in the day and just reflect on when you were a kid. Looking into your inner child will help bring out that creativity you thought had been locked away for a while. Thinking back on happy memories and times from when you were young will help you make something beautiful.
This is also good for people with synesthesia (like myself). If you can imagine a place or a rainbow of colors just from hearing music, then you can use that as a vehicle to write, draw, paint, or stitch the most amazing thing you can think of. To quote the well-known EPMD, “Relax your mind and let your conscience be free…”
Even a sweet-smelling fragrance can help you get out from under a mental block. There are plenty of ways to do it; just find the one that works for you.
I’ll start this sub-list with a favorite of mine: lighting some incense. There are two different types that I can think of, and those are the smoke and oil forms. Now you can try the former, but I wouldn’t advise it if your allergies are messed up. I personally prefer the latter (incense oil) because I don’t have to worry about stick ash getting everywhere after the incense burns out. Check your local corner store or place of business where you can purchase some incense oil, a burner, and some tealight candles. If all else fails, there’s always Dollar Tree.
Another way is boiling some cinnamon sticks. This is something my mother would do to bring about a calming effect throughout the house. She would buy a pack of cinnamon sticks from the market and have them sit in hot water to bring out the aroma, then boil them again once the water dried out. The sweet & spicy scent definitely helps you to relax and forget about any stress of the day that may have affected you.
And finally, there’s taking a bath. Just pour in a little of your favorite scented bubble bath or gel, and take a deep breath as you soak in the tub, and imagine lounging on a tropical beach. You can use this as well to give yourself a mental boost as a bath relaxes not only your body, but also your mind and spirit. A simple bath can help you erase any negative energy or thoughts you may have been plagued with over time.
4. Get Out Of The House
Sometimes you don’t even need to go on a lavish vacation to get out of a rut. Take a quick holiday by going to the park or the beach. Make a date with yourself and get in tune with nature. Or if you don’t drive, jump on the bus or train to get away. I often tell people that you tend to see more riding on public transportation than you would driving a car. Even a ride on the bus or train to your getaway spot can bring about inspiration.
Somewhere along the way, we have these mental blockages by not appreciating the act of doing these simple things. It often becomes merely a habit, something we just do subconsciously without even thinking. The things that I mentioned above, make it more than just a habit. Incorporate these into your life to boost your morale and stay out that slump.