1) Step Away
That’s right! Step away from your desk, put down the pen, and close the door behind you. Before you can tackle any more work, you need to have a mental refresh. Your mind is telling you that something is off, so before you try and use it – it’s time to hit the reset button by changing your surroundings, routine and perspective.
2) Take Care Of Your Body & Mind
To hit that reset button, you need to take some time to switch off and go deeper within yourself. That doesn’t mean necessarily sitting on the couch and watching TV, which would perhaps be avoiding the issue entirely or pushing it down deeper. Instead prioritise meditation, quality time with friends & family, getting outdoors, getting creative, getting organised, eating nourishing food, getting good quality sleep & lots of hydration. These will allow you to think more clearly, and begin to approach the mental block you are facing with a fresh head.
The Incubation Period
Stepping away like this is actually backed by science! If you step away from a project and clean the house, pay some bills, or take a nap – you just might experience a spark of genius as the solution seems to magically come to you. This is called the incubation period. Research shows that those who used an incubation period before making decisions actually made wiser choices too.
3) Write To Yourself
Once you feel fresher and have a new perspective, you can begin to perhaps write down some thoughts around your block, examining where the root cause may lie and what limiting beliefs are holding you back. Write a letter to yourself about what you are experiencing and why, then end with some positive statements that counteract any negative thought patterns. For example:
- I can do hard things
- Failure is the first step towards success
- I am enough just as I am
- You’ve got this!
You could even stick these up around your room or home as little reminders throughout the day.
4) Change The Environment
Instead of returning straight back to your desk and feeling the same sense of stuckness setting back in, switch things up to start fresh. So move your study spot to somewhere new. Move to another part of your house, go into the garden, or even venture to an outdoor space or café nearby.
Even if this is just a temporary solution, you can trick your brain into feeling excited, energised and focused by simply changing your study environment to bring novelty to the material.
5) Make A Plan
The most useful thing you can do for any feeling of overwhelm is to break a seemingly large problem or task down into tiny manageable steps. Make a list of all the things you have to do in relation to your studying, starting with the easiest first and slowly progressing forward. It can be useful to set some gentle deadlines for each step also, to create a positive association and sense of achievement – ticking off those little tasks until suddenly you’ve completed the larger task.
As part of this plan, you could try incorporating a new routine that includes both focused study time with minimal distractions, as well as downtime to keep your energy and motivation high. Remember that working too much will be just as inefficient as working too little. So ensure you keep your time balanced to allow for better productivity.
6) Embrace Flexible Study
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