Stuck can be an uncomfortable experience that can feel like a black cloud hanging over your head, dragging you down and making it difficult to think clearly. It can occur in a number of different situations, including procrastinating on a project, getting stuck in a creative block, or feeling overwhelmed by life in general.
Often, when we are stuck we don’t know what we need to do to get ourselves out of it. Sometimes, it’s just a mindset–and with some conscious effort we can change that mindset and move forward in a new way.
Here are a few ways that you can help yourself get unstuck and back on track:
Switch your perspective
When we’re stuck it’s often hard to see things clearly. When you switch your perspective, you can look at the situation from a different angle or view it from the past or future. This can help you to understand what is happening and to see what could be.
Take a break
When you’re feeling stuck, it can be helpful to give yourself some time away from the task at hand. This might mean spending a few minutes writing a journal entry or simply taking a walk. It can also be helpful to put the task on hold for a while and focus on other aspects of your life that are not causing you discomfort, such as spending time with friends or family or relaxing at home.
Commit to a date for re-evaluating your situation
If you’re stuck with a choice, try setting a time on the calendar to decide. This can help you to clear your head and make the best decision possible without the extra stress of worrying about the outcome or the consequences of your choice.
Create a vision board
A vision board is an effective tool for getting yourself out of a stuck state and imagining your desired future. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be – just create something that represents the type of person you want to be and the type of results you want to achieve.
Visualization is a powerful tool for getting you out of a stuck state because it allows you to imagine the outcome you want, which will help you develop a plan to achieve it. For example, if you want to lose weight, visualize yourself eating a healthier diet and exercising on a regular basis.
Practice small steps
If you’re having trouble focusing on your story, it may be because you’re trying to do too much at once. When you focus on one tiny step at a time, it’s easier to move forward in your work and keep going.
Identify and confront your excuses
It’s common to say things like “I’m just not the right person for this job” or “I can’t do it.” These are not the reasons that you need to get out of your situation.
You’re not the only one who gets stuck, so be sure to recognize that there are people in your life who can support you and offer advice when you’re feeling stuck or need someone to talk to about the problem.