Do you feel stuck? Stagnant? Unable to move forward? This is a common feeling that often comes from emotional overwhelm. Sometimes, our bodies cannot process emotions as quickly as we are feeling them; and if we’ve suppressed them for a long time (avoided feeling them), the stuckness can take a lot longer to move through. But there’s so much hope and opportunity in the stuckness!
1. Honor and Allow the Feeling
Feeling stuck can be so frustrating. It activates fear inside of us that maybe we’ll be in a yucky palce forever. Just know that feeling stuck and being stuck are two different things. We are never stuck and energy is always moving. We don’t always feel the progress but it is happening. And the reality is that the times of feeling stuck offer the biggest growth opportunities. You’re here for a reason. If you don’t run away from these feelings, you have an awesome opportunity to find out why they’re showing up, and release them. Honoring the stuckness means crying, feeling sorry for yourself, acknowledging where you are, or whatever else you need to do in order to really be present for the experience. You certainly don’t want to dive into despair about it, which will further your stuckness, but it’s totally okay to be in the space of “boo-hoo” temporarily.
2. Balance Your Thymus Gland
The thymus gland is the master gland of the body’s immune system and is located in the upper part of the chest, behind the breastbone. It sits right over the heart. Because of its location, Dr. John Diamond, a pioneer in the field of holistic healing, says the thymus serves as the link between mind and body.
Tapping the thymus gland using your fingertips acts as a stimulating, strengthening, and balancing exercise. It’s quick and of great benefit to your overall system. You can use this tapping whenever you’re feeling strong emotion and it will help you process and release it. Just breathe and tap. Easy.
3. Listen to Your Body About Why You’re Feeling Stuck
Our bodies speak to us through symptoms. To find out what messages the body is sending, it’s helpful to know a bit about each organ, gland, or system that’s talking to you! If you have a symptom in a specific area, it can give you huge clues to what emotional energy may be stuck in your system. Knowledge is total power here. When you decode what your body is saying to you, you get closer to moving forward. A whole list of messages and metaphors from your body can be found in my book, How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can (pg. 97).
4. Shift Your Focus To Release Feeling Stuck
Feeling stuck can create big frustration in our lives. That’s why it’s important to spend less time focusing on how stuck we feel. Steps 1-3 above will help you do that, while making sure you don’t suppress emotions. But it’s also super duper helpful to mentally shift your focus to anything positive. This can include the tiny ways in which you feel good, the opportunity this stuckness might reveal for you, and how good it feels to be dealing with it in a healthy way. Anything you can do to stop focusing on the problem (the stuckness) and find a silver lining instead will be huge!
5. Remember That Feeling Stuck is Just a “Season”
A last reminder: Emotions, inner growth, and healing often come in “seasons” so remember everything is moving. Feeling stuck with pass a lot faster if you don’t fight it. Instead, honor it, process it, and shift your focus so the old can move out and the new season can move swiftly in!