We are all trying to get something more and get problems solved every day. And a counterintuitive approach to problem solving is often to get away from your problems. I like to get away to remote and serene places to get my mind off of things.
It opens things up rather than converges. I get tunnel vision when I am trying harder to solve something that can get frustrating and elusive.
You gain more perspective and insights by letting things sit for a while. Your mind is extremely powerful and your subconscious can work to make sense of issues you face as well as bring forward associations and solutions to your harder problems.
Try and make it a daily practice to get away from your work and let your mind ruminate and relax. Here are some ways that you can inject a little detachment to your work day:
- Walk for 30 minutes. You can be quiet, look around and simply enjoy distractions.
- Take a bike ride. Run errands or head to a lunch destination by biking from place to place.
- Get outdoors. Find nature trails or uphill hikes that get your heart pumping and use a lot of coordination. Nature tends to restore and keeps you focused on what is in front of you.
- Swim laps. It’s meditative and relaxing to swim along a lane and just work your body. Not much equipment needed and you can easily go for a while until you are tired out.
- Drive to an overlook. Beautiful places and expanses are extremely refreshing. You feel small in the vastness. Drive to a lookout and take in big views. Pray, meditate or sit without thoughts or worries.
You can keep grinding it out, but today’s work requires much more adept thinking with creative solutions. Distance, detachment and introspection taps into a part of yourself that can come up with wonderful solutions.
Be sure to jot your ideas down on your iPhone or pad of paper. It’s always handy to see what comes out of your mind and heart when you change context and location.
How can you change up your daily routine to get away more?