Feeling Stuck? Here’s How to Get Unstuck


In the winter, a stuck car in the snow or on an icy road can be very frustrating. The best way to get unstuck is to put your vehicle in a lower gear to avoid revving and give it a little gas to tamp down loose snow or ice, which will help transfer power to a wheel that might be stuck. Then, once your vehicle has gained traction, gently back up.

It’s a near universal human experience to feel stuck at one time or another–whether in your job, relationships or in identifying the next steps for career growth. With the holidays closing in, it may be a good time to take stock of what is really going on and to consider how you can move forward.

The word stuck has many meanings, and its etymology is fascinating. The root word, stk, means to pierce or stick, as in a fishing hook, and it’s related to words like stake, prick, goad, and the Latin verb sticor, which means to affix or fasten. The word traffic has a similar etymology, with its roots in the Middle English trfic and Old French trafic. It’s also related to words like traffice, transit and tranport.

What causes people to feel stuck is often a combination of factors, such as feeling overwhelmed by work or home life, dealing with mental health issues, or not having clear goals for personal and professional development. In addition, feeling stuck can be compounded by being in a negative relationship or being financially in a bind.

If you’re stuck on a paper, it can be helpful to talk it over with an objective writer friend or a teacher you respect. They might be able to spot the problem and provide you with valuable insight. Another great option is to start a new project. This can give your subconscious a break from the stress of perfectionism and allow you to approach the assignment with fresh eyes.

The important thing is to take action and move forward, regardless of how small your progress might be. Using a few of the strategies mentioned here, or your own ideas, you’ll be able to reestablish momentum and overcome the feeling of being stuck. Soon you’ll be back in the flow of your writing and on your way to success! Do you know someone who could benefit from these tips? Share this article!