Many clients who seek coaching report a similar issue: mental blocks.
Mental blocks are only all too common, and it’s a term that’s best described as a range of experiences that feel as though they’re stunting one’s personal growth. It feels like an obstruction of thought, or overwhelming mental fatigue. For some, it’s because they’ve had prolonged, distressed brain activity; for others, it’s the draining of creative juices. You’ll hear writers complain of “writer’s block,” while professionals call it brain fog or shutdown.
Mental blocks prevent us from being able to think clearly or make decisions. They also contribute to lack of motivation, or stop us from wanting to – or being able to – move forward.
Coaches help clients with effective strategies on how to move past mental blocks, but first, they focus on the root of the issue.
What’s keeping you stuck?
Here, some strategies utilized by powerful coaches.
Focus on the now.
If you’ve got some kind of mental block, you’re likely stuck on something from the past, or worried about the future. The distress of events gone by or the concerns of stories yet untold could be the result of your mental block, because you’re not thinking logically or clearly. If this sounds familiar, consider practicing mindfulness, something many coaches teach. When you’re mindful and focusing on the moment at hand, you’re more capable of solving your problems, or at the very least, coming up with well thought out strategies.
Regulate your emotions.
When you are hyperaroused, you feel angry, anxious, overwhelmed and sometimes even scared. When you’re hypoaroused, you feel as though you just want to shut down – you’re numb, or you may feel like you’re frozen in place.
Either state of arousal can be jarring, so what you want to do is go back to a state of calm arousal – this is when you may feel stressed, but you know you’re capable of handling it all.
If you feel hyperaroused, take some time to breathe and calm down – either go for a walk, take a deep breath, or meditate. If you feel hypoaroused, treat yourself to a favorite food and savor the flavor, or wrap yourself in a favorite blanket, or listen to a song you love. Anything that gets you feeling again will bring you back to a state of calm arousal. When your emotions are regulated, it becomes much easier then to unblock your mental state.
You may be “programmed” to think or feel a certain way, thanks to an accumulation of events and experiences that have occurred for you over your whole lifetime.
Coaches may have you write down what you’re thinking and feeling, which might unearth some limited beliefs you didn’t even realize you had. If or when you discover those limiting beliefs, replace and reprogram them with healthier thoughts. Consider who you want to be, where you want to go, and decide to move into that space.
These are only a few of many tips coaches use to help you beat mental exhaustion and get over mental blocks. When you acquire your own coach and share your own story, the two of you will be able to have deep, helpful conversations that permit you to take control of your mind, your environment, and your future.