Pause; Take a Break!

When feeling stuck, in any activity, just stop for a moment - pause, take a short break, do something different. Connect with nature, dance, breathe and breathe deeply.  Its like unplugging and re-plugging yourself!

I want to start writing again, but how and on what?

I glance at my list of suggested topics – all look appealing; none are inspiring enough to put pen to paper.

Then, the chatter in my head begins. Its critical rant further deepening my ‘writer’s block.’

I scribble down some words, and form some sentences. Boring!

I stop. I turn over the page. I set my pen aside.

Time to try a new strategy.

I take a deep breath and gaze out the window.  I see that the sky which is now grey with the rain clouds.  I continue breathing deeply and focus more intently on rhythmic movements in the sky.

I notice that the chatter in my head has lessened. My body feels less tense.  I feel calmer.  Inspired to move, I get off my chair, and break into a slow and graceful dance. No music, no audience, no partner – just the rain clouds and my breath.

A few minutes later, I stop.  I take a final deep breath.

I feel different – more in flow.

‘Let’s try this again,’ I decide as I gaze back at my blank page and my pen.

I gleefully observe as meaningful words and sentences fill the page.  I turn the page over and continue writing with ease.

Moral of the story? When feeling stuck, in any activity, just stop for a moment – pause, take a short break, do something different. Connect with nature, dance, breathe and breathe deeply.  Its like unplugging and re-plugging yourself!

Shahin Sharma, BA ACC
Life Coach
Shahin.sharma@telus.net