Have you ever hit a wall?
You know that place you get to where you’ve been cruising along, everything has been falling into place and then just out of nowhere you hit a wall.
And most things seem like a struggle. It feels like you’re dragging around this sack full of concrete and it’s taking every bit of mental energy you have left to keep on top of things.
Yep, I get that too.
Recently it has surprised a few people in my life that I hit these major walls too. I work each day at driving myself, feeling motivated and passionate, giving thanks for the amazingness that is my life, and for all the opportunities to come. Every morning I set my day up so I can be the best version of myself, to inspire others and help them thrive. Most days this cultivates incredible energy in me and then on occasion, I hit that wall.
It’s what I do when I hit that wall that determines the outcome, and I wanted to share that with you because I hear many stories of people really beating themselves up when this happens in their lives and I’m here to tell you, there’s a much more effective way.
The first thing I do is recognise I’m there. It’s a feeling of brain clog and fog because I’ve pushed my cognition beyond its current capacity. While I’m expanding my mental fitness, I need to validate when it needs a rest.
I then accept where I am at, I don’t fight it. I don’t try to climb it or bust through it. I give myself absolute permission to be there and then I step away.
I put whatever it is that got me there away. I close my computer; my notebook (the paper and mental one) and I do something different. I watch a movie, I go shopping, I go out to lunch, and I throw myself into the weekend or take myself fishing. I do anything that is as far away as possible from the wall. This might take a few hours or a few days. However long it takes, I don’t concern myself with because I’ve learnt that if I give myself some real space, I rejuvenate and the wall sinks into the ground, once again opening up the pathway I’ve been paving.
The benefit of this process is a lack of emotional hangover. Without beating yourself up with unrealistic expectations, there are no third party emotions to also manage. You’re free to relax, enjoy and feel even more alive when you’re back on track.