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10 Things To Remember When You’re Feeling Stuck In Life

A person feeling stuck in life with their hands tied up.

“I don't know what to do.” “I'm in a rut.” “I feel stuck.” Is this something you're feeling right now? Don't worry, you're not alone and this is a very common problem.

When nothing exciting happens and you can't seem to make that step forward and change things, you may get frustrated and depressed…

And exactly for times like this, we have created the video below with the list of the 10 most important things to remember when you're feeling stuck in life.

Have a look, this WILL help you.

10 Things To Remember When You're Feeling Stuck In Life

1. Feeling Stuck Is A Sign That It's Time To Make A Change

Changes can shake-up your patterns, create new energy, and change your outlook on life. If you feel stuck, this simply means that something isn't working for you anymore.

Whether it's your job, your relationship, your house, your circle of friends, or your hobbies, if you are not excited about them anymore, it's probably time to finally do something to change it.

And next time don't wait until you feel completely stuck in life to make that big step forward. Look out for these 8 signs that change is needed.

2. Even The Tiniest Possible Step Is Progress

You may think that there is nothing substantial you can do. But you don't need to. Small things become big things. Focus on small steps, they are wonderful events on their own, so enjoy them.

Start right now, make a list of tiny ways you can get closer to your goal, then pick one and take it as soon as possible.

3. You Don't Have To Have It All Figured Out To Move Forward

The thing with feeling stuck is that sometimes you don't know what you need to get unstuck or what you want from life in general.

But this “numbness” and “emptiness” that you're feeling (temporarily!) should not stop you from making a change.

Even if you don't see the end result and don't know where it is exactly that you're going, it is crucial to just start moving.

Try new things, meet new people, buy new clothes – anything that can help you figure out what it is that you want and how to get it.


4. Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

Unpleasant truth. If you are just sitting around and waiting for something or someone to come into your life and suddenly change it for the better, you're not going to get very far.

YOU are the only one who can really make a difference. So start acting!

5. New Beginnings Can Feel Like Endings

Now, you may not actually see the opportunities that are coming your way.

Those endings that make you sad and disappointed should be seen as a new beginning. This is a new chapter in your life, your chance to change your life.

6. Beautiful Things Happen When You Clear Your Life Of All The Negativity

Negativity often comes hand in hand with feeling stuck.

So your number one priority is removing toxicity from your life.

And you can start with surrounding yourself with positive people and getting rid of the negative ones.

Here are 8 types of toxic people you should walk away from.

7. Believe What Your Heart Tells You, Not What Others Say

Ask yourself this – are you living someone else's life? Are other people influencing your every decision? Remember that it’s YOUR life.

Here is what you can do:

  • Have fun and experiment. Discover what it is that YOU like and care about.
  • Spend time with yourself. Being alone isn't a bad thing.
  • Set boundaries. People should respect your choices and your individuality.
  • Invest in your self-awareness.
  • Question your beliefs.
  • Take a step back and think about the bigger picture.

8. Stop Overthinking

Whatever happens, happens. Just relax. You cannot control everything, so you need to learn to just let go of some things. You may be feeling stuck because you are always in your own head, worrying and obsessing.


9. If It's Meant To Be, It Will Happen At The Right Time, At The Right Place, For The Right Reasons

Even though you are the one who is responsible for making a change in your life, you need to stay open-minded about how to do it. If you're sticking to a specific way but failing, it may be because it just wasn't meant for you.

Try something else. And accept that things happen in a different order than the one you've got planned.

10. Your Best Is Yet To Come

Don't look back, you're not going that way. Keep moving forward.

Good things CAN happen and ARE going to happen.

Why You're Feeling Stuck in Life

Even if you know you're feeling stuck in life or stuck at work, you might not immediately know the exact cause.

You may have mixed or even inconsistent feelings, and they may not be related to just one factor in your situation. Here are some of the major things that might cause you to feel stuck, and some common examples of the sorts of experiences that tend to trigger each thing. This will put you in the right position to start thinking about what you can do to finally create change.

You’ve Given Up All Hope

Firstly, you might be stuck right now because you've given up hope. For example, perhaps you never seem to get the more exciting jobs you apply for? Maybe you never seem to get past the first date with someone? Or it may be that you just can't seem to stop procrastinating. If you've been striving for a long time without finding happiness or fulfillment, it's easy to end up feeling this way.

However, it's important to take a closer look at this kind of mindset and stop negative thinking. Your thoughts and thinking patterns are what create your circumstances. They influence the lens through which you see your world, dictate your behaviors, and limit what you can achieve.

If you're feeling stuck and you've given up hope, working on changing the narrative is a huge step in the right direction. Once you challenge excuses you've been making and redefine what you think is possible for you, the world opens up.

You Hate Where You Are

The backdrop of your life can also make you stuck. This backdrop includes everything from your house to the local community, your wider town, your workplace, and even the typical weather. Your surroundings can drain you of energy and motivation, as can the people who are part of those surroundings (a factor we'll explore below).

So what can you do if you hate where you are?

If you have the finances and the resources, maybe it's time to make a change – to put down roots somewhere that is beautiful and inspiring. However, we can't all do this, depending not only on money but on family and other commitments.

So what should you do if you genuinely are stuck? Commit to changing what you can. Whether you redecorate your home, arrange weekly trips out of town, or start looking for a new job, even just adjusting one factor can be powerful.

Your Relationships Drain You

As noted above, the people you associate with are a major part of your environment. It stands to reason that they may also make you feel mentally stuck.

How do you know if this is happening?

One key sign is an imbalance in relationships. If certain people take more than they give, they're taking away crucial resources without replenishing you.

Other warning signs include toxic negativity, which will keep you small and unambitious. We all need social structure and human connection, but sometimes it takes time to find the right people to provide this.

To start to move on from being stuck, perform an inventory of the ten main relationships in your life. And for each one that you admit is taking more than it is adding, think about how you might pull back from this person. Meanwhile, to grow your social circle, commit to joining one new club, class, or meeting this week and see what grows from there.

You’re Stuck Doing The Same Thing Over And Over

Finally, perhaps you're feeling so stuck at the moment because life is repetitive. You're doing the same thing over and over, and nothing important is changing. Often, this is a feeling people get at work, where they may loathe their job yet feel powerless to change things.

If this is your situation, you might think all you can do is accept it. However, you have the power to create more growth and change than you realize.

Start by considering how you can take small opportunities. You don't need to have a master plan – not at first. Simply updating your resume, going to a conference, or attending a training day that adds an extra skill to your repertoire takes you one step forward. And if you can find it in yourself to genuinely believe in the possibility of moving forward, you may be surprised by just how quickly more good opportunities begin to present themselves.

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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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