Easy ways to overcome a mental block in 10 minutes or less

When you have required work to do, a mental block can feel like the most painful thing in the world. On an easier day, you might take the rest of the day off or take a long break. But when deadlines loom – a client meeting, legal obligations, or other items on a business owner’s checklist – you have to overcome a mental block quickly so you can get back to work.

Most people are tempted to try social media – scrolling Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to get some fresh ideas in your head. But you’ll end up taking much more time than you want to: the average person engages with media for 11 hours per day. You don’t need that extra scrolling session (and it won’t help your mental state, anyway).

What does mental block mean?

Having a mental block is fairly simple. Most of the time, it means your brain is overloaded.

There are a lot of psychological meanings as well. It can be as simple as forgetting something all the way up to issues around depression and anxiety. For the purposes of this article, we’re talking about needing to get work done but feeling like there’s something stopping you; like your brain just doesn’t want you to work, but you have to.

It can feel like a case of needing to be better at time management, but there are likely other things at play, too. Either way, you need to get through it quickly so you can get back to work.

Once you understand the root of the problem, you can get out of a mental block quickly – often in 10 minutes or less.

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