Originally posted November 12, 2012. You’re probably feeling a little stagnant after all the festivities. Time to get up and get moving – after you read this!
Gas can degrade when it sits for too long, which is why manufacturers recommend adding stabilizer if the bike is going to be idle for extended periods – i.e. over winter. Like motorcycles, gasoline needs to be used.
Our spirit energy needs to be used as well. If we’re not growing or challenging ourselves, we too will stagnate. These simple tips will help keep you energized.
9 Ways to Prevent Stagnation
- Try something different. There have never been so many opportunities to learn something new, try a new recreation or try something different. Make the most of your time here and experience as much of life as you can.
- Volunteer. Spending time in the service of others is an all around win. It benefits the recipient, the lives of those around them, your community and you. It enhances self-esteem and spreads joy.
- Travel. Visit places you’ve never been to before. And you don’t have to travel far from home. Spend time getting to know strangers and appreciate the strengths of diversity.
- Stay in shape. Physical exercise literally keeps you moving; there’s no chance to stagnate. And it needn’t be fancy. A recent study shows that power walking could slash your risk for heart disease. Even better, do it with a friend or two and you benefit physically, emotionally and mentally.
- Schedule time for recreation. This is good no matter if you need to motivate yourself to cut back on work or conversely, need a nudge to be more social.
- “Do one thing every day that scares you.” An often quoted saying of Eleanor Roosevelt. Sure it’s uncomfortable but it’s the only way we grow. This article in Psychology Today spoke volumes to me: Do Something That Scares You.
- Overcome negative self talk. That voice in your head that says you can’t do it. It’s your ego and it likes stability, consistency and security. When you try something new, it’s threatened and throws up all kinds of reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do something. Thank it for trying to protect you. Then put it to rest and move ahead.
- Spend time around active people. Spend time around those who also enjoy active, vibrant lives. Avoid people who do not support you on your success journey, They drag themselves down – along with everyone else around them.
- Review your progress. Wise is the person who looks inward and reflects on where they’ve been. Take delight in your accomplishments. Celebrate success. And plan for something new.
Rust, frozen pipes and stagnation all happen when things stop moving. Review the list, pick one and do it. You’ll feel that much more alive!