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Inertia. That feeling of not wanting to do anything, or being so overwhelmed with grief, anxiety, frustration, that it’s hard to do anything. This sluggish feeling can come from mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion, or a general sense of being overwhelmed. The weight of the world and its problems can seem daunting and make us question if our actions can do anything at all. You might be thinking, “I’m just one person. What difference can I actually make?” The truth is, you can make a big difference!

Below are three kinds of movement to break through inertia:

1) Physical movement – Walking, stretching, jumping, swinging, or dancing, or any of your favorite sports can jumpstart you into action and get your creative juices flowing.

2) Creative movement – Types of creative movement include painting, singing, playing an instrument, writing, and cooking, all of which give you a feeling of accomplishment that can carry over to other activities.

volunteer-small3) Volunteer – Giving back to our communities and contributing to something bigger than ourselves gives us a sense of purpose. Lend a hand in a way that is meaningful to you and in a way that you enjoy. If you like working with your hands, for example, offer to help with building repairs or to help neighbors in their garden. Or, get involved in an issue that’s important to you by joining community organizing efforts or serving on a board.

Movement of any kind creates energy that duplicates again and again. Just leaving the house can clear your head and shift your perspective. Moving also provides a distraction from whatever is getting you down, reduces stress, and breaks you out of your routine. Find what makes you come alive and give that a try!

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