Are You Experiencing Drought Conditions
Can you imagine Sweden having forest fires? Hard to imagine but that is a reality that happened in Sweden during the month of July. You see like most of the world, Sweden has been experiencing a dry spell with extremely high temperatures and that has caused the forests to be sensitive to wildfires. Temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius are being experienced in places in Africa and people have actually died, due to the heat in Canada and Japan.
To me the concept of a forest fires in Sweden are like snow in Las Vegas. It is not something you thought you would ever hear or see. Both locations do not have the capacity to manage these types of situation. In fact, Sweden had to send an international call for help. Both Italy and Norway responded to the call.
Along with sustained conditions of high temperature comes the drying up of water sources and drought conditions occur.
Where I am currently vacationing in a part of Jamaica, Boston Bay, Portland, that is known for its rainfall we are experience the heat and dry conditions. It is widely known that rain falls daily somewhere in Portland. Not necessarily for long periods. The current conditions however, stretches right across the island and water restrictions are in place for some areas, especially in the corporate areas of Kingston, the capital.
What has this to do with Wealthy Affiliate? Well when you are staring at that blank screen and are trying to write that next post but nothing seems to materialize, you are experiencing what is commonly called “Writer’s Block.” I am sure we have all experienced this in some form or the other. It is not water, but the drying up of words. That is a form of drought.
You have done your research, gathered together the information you want to share, but the words just are not coming together. What do you do?
Well if you are like me you buy a plane ticket or jump in your car and take a trip. I carry my iPad with me, because of the length of time I will be away. When I was working however, and there were deadlines, the trips were out of the question. What I did then was to get up from my chair, go for a walk and change my environment. Most of the time that worked.
Another approach, and one that I teach to my karate students is to meditate before doing something active. Take your mind off what it is that you need to do or what problems that are bothering you, and focus in on the activity you are about to do. Then spend 30 minutes or more being active what ever your sport or activity may be, karate, racket ball, basketball, hockey.
The idea is to get your adrenaline flowing, work up a sweat, and your mind off the post that you want to write or the problem that needs to be solved. After the workout mediate again, still no focus on the post, but reflect on the activity in which you just participated. This does work, and there is actual scientific proof that it works.
If the above two do not break the block my last effort is to write down all the information that I have gathered in no particular order. Similar to Brainstorming solo. Once I have everything down I start to re-read it and see if I can make sense out of it.
Those are my solutions when I am experiencing a writing drought. I would love to hear how you deal with this common phenomenon?
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