What does it mean to ‘think outside the box?’
thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
In other words, when faced with an obstacle or challenge that does not seem to have an immediate solution that would work, try something new, something different.
That makes sense, right?
Add thinking outside the box to brainstorming.
to try to solve a problem or come up with new ideas by having a discussion that includes all members of a group : to discuss a problem or issue and suggest solutions and ideas
My fight with ALS continues but I am losing. My physical therapist felt bad about not being able to help. After all, most physical therapist’s patients get better over time. I won’t. So, we discussed and tried different ways to help improve a body that has only worsened in the past three years.
What did my physical therapist come up with?
Generally speaking, those with ALS have difficulty moving, breathing, eating, and speaking appropriately. Muscles cramp and become painful with movement, so conserving energy is high on the list. Intensive exercise is not, so the recommendation to employ a hefty exercise plan seemed like an idea so far out of the box that it’s crazy.
We settled on a daily exercise regimen which has increased muscle mass, muscle strength, body weight, and stamina without a corresponding increase in breathing difficulties. Arm, leg, and weight exercises are done while using the mask and ventilator to breathe. The objective is to keep the breathing respiratory rate at or lower than 22 breaths per minute.
It’s not easy. It takes time and patience. But it works.
All it required was a wonderfully innovative physical therapist willing to think outside the box.