25 Ways to Clear Your Head


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When you are stuck in a situation and you just can’t think, whether it is writer’s block or a high amount of stress, there is always something that can calm you down and give you perspective. Everybody has their own way to start their creative juices flowing. Some people know what theirs is and some people don’t. In case you don’t know what yours is, here is a list of things that might help you get lucky.

1. take a walk around the block

2. go for a drive

3. listen to music

4. stand outside and listen to nature

5. go for a jog or run

6. lift weights

7. shoot some baskets

8. hit some tennis balls or baseballs from a machine

9. move to a different room

10. brainstorm on a piece of blank paper

11. listen to classical music

12. read the newspaper

13. take a shower or bath

14. paint

15. draw a picture or doodle

16. look through picture albums

17. clean your desk drawers

18. organize your desk and/or office

19. stretch or do yoga

20. change into more comfortable clothes

21. breath deeply

22. close your eyes and wander around your happy place

23. go fishing

24. meditate

25. do a puzzle


Doing activities that involve some thinking such as reading the newspaper can increase new ideas while activities that do not require much thinking help clear your head and focus on problems at hand. Very often when you have a problem and you take a shower, go for a walk or exercise, even without thinking about the problem, solutions start jumping into your head. Most of these activities are best performed alone so that you are alone with your thoughts.

If you have a special activity that helps you, leave it in the comments.