Whether in a relationship, job or life, everyone feels stuck at some point. Usually, the reason is that you’re not taking enough risks or challenging yourself, but it can also be because of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
When you’re feeling stuck, your perspective is key. By changing the way you look at your situation, you can open up new possibilities to get unstuck. Here are some strategies to try.
If you’re stuck in a rut, it may help to talk about it with a trusted friend or colleague. Ask them what they think your options are, and be open to their advice.
You can also try to get some distance from the situation. This can be done by stepping away from work for a while, or even just closing your eyes and visualizing your perfect life for a few minutes. It’s a good idea to do this when you’re feeling low, as it can boost your mood.
Many people who feel stuck suffer from what’s known as “emotional earworms” or musical obsessions. These are songs that keep playing over and over in your head, often with a negative association or emotion attached to them. These earworms are a form of automatic thought, and they can be especially bothersome for those who have a condition like obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression. Trying to distract yourself with something else can help, and some people have found that replacing the song in their heads with another one helps them break free from the earworms.
In addition to adding new activities to your life, it’s important to think about what you can subtract. Research has shown that doing less can actually make you happier. So consider canceling or taking a break from any activities that aren’t helping you feel fulfilled, and see how that impacts your sense of stuckness.
As the end of the year approaches, it’s a great time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what you want from your future. It’s also a great opportunity to reassess your priorities and take the next steps needed to regain momentum.
The most important thing to remember when you’re feeling stuck is that it will pass. Whether it’s because of a difficult period in your life, an unfulfilling job or the pandemic, these periods will eventually end and you’ll be back on track. Until then, take it one step at a time.