4 Steps to Break Through Mental Immobility

· November 30, 2015

We all know what physical immobility is, but what about when it’s mental? This seems to be the most difficult to perceive and solve. Mental immobility can range from total inaction to small hesitation and indecision.

Have you ever experience this? How can we fix it? We will answer all of these questions here.

Do not be afraid of slow changes, just be afraid of standing still.
-Chinese Proverb-

When are you immobilized?

The first question we must ask is: Do we know when we are immobilized? Do you know if you are right now?

There are several occasions when may feel overwhelmed with mental immobility. Here we give a few examples, but the list can go on:

  1. You cannot work on a project that interests you. Something keeps you from carrying it out. You feel an inexplicable block that you cannot manage to break down.
  2. You spend the day sitting around doing nothing just thinking about your problems. You feel overwhelmed and heavy.
  3. You avoid talking to someone, even when you are tempted to start a new friendship. Although it would be very nice, there is just something you cannot explain that’s preventing you from doing it.
  4. You treat someone you love unfairly. You may say things shouldn’t have. You do not know why you act this way.
  5. Your body shakes or you have inexplicable tics that show what you want to do, but for some reason you don’t do it.
  6. You’re unable to do the activities that you liked before. The mere thought of doing them tires you and you feel helpless.

 

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Have you ever identified with some of the situations above ? If so, now is the time to see how you can solve this problem.

How to overcome it?

The following are very general steps that will guide you to solve this feeling of inaction or mental hesitation.

1. Identify the block

The first thing to do is identify what is pinning us down. Reflect on the situation that’s causing this block. For example: Why can’t you do that project for work? What is causing your inactivity ? What purpose does it serve?

Maybe it’s a problematic family situation, low self-esteem, high sensitivity caused by something. We must meditate about this in order to come to a solution.

2. Think about what you do

Now that you know what blocks you how will you act? You can do two things: nothing and wait for it to pass or seek a solution. The latter is the best choice because you will get out of that uncomfortable situation you’re in and learn from it.

Think about the steps you’ll take and how you’re going to plan it out. You have to be sure to not go back. Remember that immobility is strong and much more powerful, so if you want to over come it, you’ll have to make a great effort to do so.

3. Trial and error

Now is the time to test the solution for your immobility. Get your strength from wherever you can!

If you’re not able to move from your spot, try to trick your mind with things that can encourage it and take out of its absorption and passivity. The effort will be great and you may have to try several strategies until you find one that helps you overcome the block you’re in.

4. Verification

Have you managed to overcome your immobility? Check to see if everything is okay and if you’ve fully overcome it or if that’s just what you want to believe.

Think about the near future, in which the same thing could happen to you again. How will the next situation be? Remember that immobility cannot manifest in the same form over and over. If this time it was at work, maybe next time be in your emotional state.

 

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As we have seen, it is very important to determine where we are feeling immobilized or blocked. From there, we must choose the best option for ourselves. Do you feel blocked at work? Then do other things and strive to beat your block. Do you treat the people you love unfairly? Determine what’s wrong, what makes you get angry, what blocks you.

You can only overcome mental immobility with strength, desire and willpower.