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Five Faves: Ways to Shift Out of Stuck by Moving the Energy in your Body


A lot of times when we’re mentally or emotionally stuck, we sit there trapped in the feeling of it, letting it slump us further in our chairs, shorten our breaths, make our hearts beat a little faster with anxiety.

So, one of the best remedies we’ve discovered to getting unstuck is to get moving, in one way or another. If you can start to shift your physical energy, it immediately shifts your mental and emotional energy as well. So rather then staying stuck in that feeling of frustration or indecision, you can get up and literally, shake it off!

In today’s Maven Minutes we share our Five Fave ways to get unstuck by shifting the energy in your (bodacious) body:

Here are the five fave things we talk about (and try out) in the video for shifting our stuck energy:

  1. Four Count Breathing: a super quick remedy to send oxygen deep into your lungs and bloodstream, slow your heart rate, calm your nervous system and help you get out of your head. Inhale to the count of 4, hold your breath for 4, exhale for 4, hold your breath out for 4. Repeat 2-3 times then return to natural breathing.
  2. Tapping or EFT: A stress-releasing technique where you literally tap on energy meridians in your body- has instant calming effects. For more info and a how-to to try it yourself, check out this video.
  3. Shake it off: (or bounce or jump around) Jarring movements like that not only release stored up anxious energy, they reduce built up adrenaline and cortisol from your body to help you loosen up and calm down.
  4. Stretching: Stretching seems so obvious but we often forget the obvious solutions right in front of us! Take a minute to do your favorite stretch right now. We illustrate our faves in the video for tight hamstrings and slumpy shoulders.
  5. Dance Party! No doubt about it that shaking your booty is an instant mood enhancer. Turn it up and dance like nobody’s watching and it has the benefits of all the above techniques combined- good for your body, soul and brain!

What are some of your favorite ways to physically shift your stuck ol’ energy? We’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!

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5 Responses to Five Faves: Ways to Shift Out of Stuck by Moving the Energy in your Body

  1. Five Faves: Ways to Shift Out of Stuck by Moving the Energy in your Body via @themavencircle

  2. @lunajaffe says:

    RT @Amy_WildMoney: Five Faves: Ways to Shift Out of Stuck by Moving the Energy in your Body via @themavencircle

  3. Alyssa says:

    Awesome! I find working from home can really get me in a funk sometimes (it’s lonesome!) and I need to shift my energy! I love these quick tips- never heard of EFT before I will have to give that a try!

    I noticed that when I feel really inspired I have tons of energy! This may not work for everyone, but taking a walk in the morning with some great upbeat tunes really makes me feel great. I’m trying to work it into a daily routine. :)

    Thanks Mavens!

  4. Five Faves: Ways to Shift Out of Stuck by Moving the Energy in your Body via @themavencircle

  5. Rachel says:

    I regularly practice 3 out 5 of those tips – stretch, breathe and MAD DANCE PARTIES!! My friends live above me and they have a 3 year old who could dance with me all day, given the opportunity ;). It’s amazing… SHE is amazing.
    I also literally did my fave stretch right before reading this post – child’s pose!!! Can’t get enough. Once again, Mavens, thank you for the ‘I’m not alone!’ moment. You, ladies, are an inspiration.

    P.S. @Alyssa, I totally agree that inspiration = energy and I’m going to take your walking-with-tunes suggestion! Tomorrow morning!!!

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