We all stumble sometimes. Moments when you don’t work Out of the box Thinking, you don’t know how to handle something or how to solve a problem. These tips will reset your mind and clear your mind.
1. near the fire
Staring into flames can lead to new insights. According to the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), you start to think differently when you look at fire. Watching a burning flame or hearth puts us in a kind of dream state, and this causes us to think less linearly and take pleasant leaps of thought. According to Bachelard, the basis of philosophy is laid around fire.
2. It’s time to play
Playing is simply doing something you enjoy and can indulge in, without a goal in mind. Like having fun with friends, a game of bowling, playing with paint, or playing hopscotch with your child. Stuart Brown, a pioneer in play research, says in his TED talk, “Nothing excites our brains as much as play. 3D play makes the cerebellum work and gives your frontal lobe — the executive part of your brain — new impulses. Then you’ll feel energized, relaxed, and satisfied. Ready to look at Things with new eyes.
3. Shake things up
We are creatures of habits, before you realize it, you are doing the same thing every day. It can be a good idea to “change” your daily habits. This will force you to turn off the autopilot, which can reconsider. some examples:
- Move the sofa or dining table to a different position or turn it a quarter of a turn.
- A deviation from your usual way of going to work or shopping.
- Turn on the light not immediately when it gets dark, but the twilight for a while.
- Bathing in the dark.
- Leave your phone on airplane mode for the first few hours of the day.
- Type a letter instead of sending a text message.
4. Awe at sunset
Huge boulder, waterfall, or sunset. That admiration or that sense of awe we can feel when we see a natural phenomenon doing something in our heads. Scientists call it “being in awe,” a sentiment that has been much researched in recent years. It takes our attention away from ourselves and makes us feel like we’re part of something bigger. It offers a different experience of time, a sense of belonging, less anxiety, a better mood, and a little less greed. Do you see the beautiful sunset? stuck in place.
5. Dive into the reaction
Sprinkling water on your face gives you a new look. We calm down immediately, this helps to think clearly. The reason is the reaction known in science as the diving reflex, also called the underwater reflex, and is innate in all mammals. The body thinks it will swim underwater and adapts, causing the heart rate to drop.
6. Dance Alone
Music with movement activates all kinds of interesting areas in your brain. Dancing to music can trigger feelings inside you, because the areas of the brain that activate with feelings are located next to the areas of the brain that control motor skills. The music itself also does something: piano music can evoke sadness, and rhythmic music can provide joyful feelings. Dancing, and really dancing without worrying about what other people think of you, can bring you closer to your feelings.
7. What does your heart say?
According to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, everyone has a wise inner voice, a ‘higher breath’. She recommends listening to that Higher Self every now and then, pen in hand. Ask yourself questions and write answers without thinking, only the first thing that comes to mind. Julia: “Listening gives us a glimpse into our soul. The reward is healing, insight, and clarity. Questions to ask yourself:
- What do I need to know?
- What do I have to accept?
- What should I grieve?
- What should I try?
- What should I celebrate?
“The Way of Listening,” Julia Cameron (Lev. Publishing House)
8. Walking Trace
The 16th century French thinker Michel de Montaigne said, “My mind does not function well if it is not moved by the legs.” Modern science proves it true. Walking and any form of movement ensures that the ‘engine’ in our brain is running. Neuroscientist Eric Scherder wrote in his book Don’t Let Your Brain Sit: “Walking can increase alertness, as it has a stimulating effect on brain regions found in the reptilian brain.” And this alertness is exactly what we need to come up with good ideas, to find answers to difficult questions, to be able to solve problems and think flexibly.
9. Waking up in the present
A three-minute break sometimes works wonders. It’s like you’re suddenly looking at your life from a distance and seeing things clearly. Here’s how to do it: Sit and close your eyes. Note what your thoughts are, how your body feels, and what your moods are. Don’t judge, just notice. Then notice how your body feels now. Then focus on your breath, following your breath a few times. Then return your attention to the space around you. What do you smell, what do you feel, what do you hear? Open your eyes again and sit for a moment. It is sometimes called “waking up in the present.”
10. Eye opening
Stand in a wide place. Spread your arms out straight in front of you, touching each other, and lift your thumbs up. Looking straight ahead, without focusing on anything, slowly spread your arms to the left and right. Stop before your thumb disappears from your view. We see much more than we realize.
Text: Jocelyn de Quant
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