Feeling stuck is never an easy place to be. When you feel like you're stuck, use these suggestions to break out of your rut!

How to Survive Feeling Like You’re Stuck

I will admit that I’ve been in a funk lately. I’ve felt what I’ve described as “blah” for awhile. Some days are better than others, but most days I’ve been feeling kind of stuck. And each time I catch myself getting down, I try to think of ways to pull myself back out. Life just doesn’t seem to be moving in the direction I thought it would… or moving at all really. But you can survive feeling like you’re stuck, and even get over that feeling. Here are my ways of how to survive:

Stop comparing where you are to where you think you should be.

I’m not saying to ever stop striving for your “perfect”, but realize that your path is never going to be as smooth or straight as you may imagine it being. And be ok with that. Once you can accept the bumps in the road, you may even be able to relax and enjoy the ride a bit again.

Give your goals time, and room to change and grow.

If you asked me when I was 20 where I wanted to be at 27 I probably would describe something semi-close to where I’m at now. But my goals have changed since then and I need to remind myself that it will take time for my reality to catch up. Goals can be fluid, but they won’t be instant.

Take time to evaluate.

Are you really stuck? Or are you like me, and letting one or two goals cloud everything else you’re achieving? I’ve actually said the words today “I’ve done NOTHING in the past 6 months.” And then I thought about that statement and realized how untrue it is. I’ve put things in motion to hopefully hit some of my goals in the near future. And I started this blog, among other things.

Read the news.

If you’re anything like me, this one really works. When I read the news and remind myself how much worse everything could be, it really puts my day-to-day in perspective.

Make a list of 3 good things from your day.

And do this every day. Sometimes by the end of a long day it may seem like you won’t be able to come up with three things. But trust me, you will. Some days they may be larger than others, but there is always something to add to the list. And reading back through your days is sometimes helpful as well.

Take a break from social media.

Seriously. Sometimes when you feel like you’re in a rut, seeing all the new and exciting things everyone else is doing is the worst. Yes, you want to be happy for them, but remember that social media only shows you what the user wants to show you. Don’t compare your life to everyone else’s highlight reel.

And lastly, actually listen to this advice!

I know I’m guilty of not listening sometimes, and it’s my own advice. But really, if you’re feeling stuck, try to give yourself a break and really think about these points. And come back to them if you need a reminder.

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  1. That very first one is something that I’ve struggled with over the last year. Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay for bumps in the road, life happens!

  2. Great post! What works best for me is trying to re-evaluate my goals and worst case scenario, just gravitate back to what I’m passionate about and what makes me happy.

  3. Taking a break from social media is a really important one. I always feel so anxious about not using my phone all day, but it really makes an amazing impact on my mood!

    • Same here! I’ve been trying to keep my phone near by for calls and texts with family and close friends, but open up the rest of the social world much less often.

  4. Great tips . I love the one about writing down 3 good things every day. I also like taking a break from social media…even for a few hours 😉

    • Thanks! I know sometimes it’s hard to be away for more than a few hours when your job includes social media.

  5. Rae

    Once a week I have a phone free day and I really notice my mood changes for the better. I’m not being flooded by phone calls, texts or anything work related. As far as feeling stuck, I used the avoidance method, especially when I was younger.

  6. Great post! What works for me are daily self affirmations. Also true about reading the news. It makes you appreciate what you have.

  7. Yes, it’s hard sometimes in the moment but every day we are moving forward. I love that you added in about finding the good things in your day. Gratitude for where we are and what we have is important.

  8. Lorin

    That first point is a central tenet of Buddhism. Suffering is the difference between what is & what you wish it was. Doesn’t mean you can’t effect change!

    Good post.

    • I don’t know too much about Buddhism, but every time I hear something I think about how much I agree with it’s teachings! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Taking a break from social media and daily affirmations are so importatn! As a blogger it’s so hard not to compare to others sometimes and taking a step back and putting things in perspective is key!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • I’ve definitely been having some overload lately with reading so many blogs. I think I need to give myself a time limit some days and then unplug for awhile 🙂

  10. Due to some health issues I’m having to really work to reduce my stress. These are some great reminders. Thank you for sharing! So much great inspiration.

  11. This is such good advice. I’ve gotten in those ruts for months at a time. This would’ve been fantastic advice. I’ll definitely come back if/when I find myself in such a rut again.

    • I think we’ve all been there – and it definitely helps to have reminders so it doesn’t last for months! I was going on week three and decided enough was enough – writing this was super therapeutic too. 🙂

  12. I understand what you’re feeling!! Dealing with a lot of this myself too, grappling with whether I’m using my time in valuable ways and what I really want to accomplish both in the long and short term.

    Thanks for the tips! And you aren’t alone! 🙂

    • While I’m glad to hear I’m not alone – I hope you are able to not feel too stuck soon as well! I definitely hear you on whether time is being spent in valuable ways – sometimes it’s so hard to tell until you’re looking back.

  13. Thank you for sharing your helpful advice with everyone at the Pinterest Game! Good luck, Charissa- a Pinterest Game co-host. http://www.cookwithashoe.com/general/pinterest-game-13a/

  14. These are awesome points. It is always good to reevaluate things, because we change.

  15. A wonderful summary of great ideas – I might add – go outside (if that isn’t somewhere already in the comments section 🙂 ). I always found getting outside provided a huge mood boost. – Laughter is always good to I hear 😉

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  17. I love your advice about taking a breather from social media and writing down 3 good things from your day. I am been feeling overwhelmed lately, and these tips came at a great time for me!

  18. Love this! I especially like making a list of 3 good things. That really helps put things in perspective and encourages gratitude.

  19. This was a great post! Making a list of 3 good things is such an amazing idea! Very inspirational. 🙂

  20. This is a great list! Needed this encouragement today! #1 is always a tough one for me.

    • Glad I could help! And the first tip is generally one I forget about and have to remind myself as well.

  21. DT

    Great tips… Writing happy things always helps me.
    — DT | Here I Scribble

  22. Congratulations for winning The Pinterest Game with this pinned post! Thanks for sharing this! You have lots of actionable points that are all effective. A big one for me is to get something accomplished. Sometimes that means buckling down and focusing only on the project at hand. Sometimes that means I have to take a break from a project that I just can’t finish, and tackle something that doesn’t take a ton of brain power, just muscle power. Spending a day crossing off a ton of necessary, though not brain-straining, tasks (errands, cleaning, organizing, filing, mailing stuff, just going down the to-do list!) makes a huge difference in my attitude. 🙂
    ~Wendy, a co-host of The Pinterest Game

    • Thanks Wendy! And I like your point as well – that definitely makes a difference if you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot – even if they aren’t towards the “big” goal!

  23. Great tips here. Thanks for sharing. The tip “stop comparing where you are to where you think you should be” really hits home. I never thought I would be in the position that I am in at this point in my life. Growing up I had expectations of what I thought my life would be like. Learning to let those expectations go has been very difficult, but also very necessary. Life is so unpredictable.

    • You’re so right about life being unpredictable! I think we all set those expectations – I’ve had a hard time realizing to let things be more fluid as well, but once you do, so much weight is lifted off your shoulders!

  24. Shanna

    The quote “don’t compare your life to someone else’s highlight reel” is spot on. You should put one of those automatic tweet this quote buttons under it. I would have shared it.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Shanna! I’ve had one in the past but it slowed down my page a ton. I should look into it again though 🙂

  25. What a great article, love your tips!

  26. Such a great post! I know I’ve been there! And I know I will come back to seek this advice in the future if I’m in one of those ruts again 🙂

    • Thanks Amanda – I’ve reread my own post a couple times as well as a reminder 🙂

  27. Thanks! These were great reminders. You are certainly right about reading the news, especially lately. Take care! Thanks again!

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  30. I’m the worst for generalising things when something’s not right, like you say ‘I’ve done nothing’. Perspective is magic when these times pop up.

  31. I’ve said that a lot this year – I’ve achieved nothing! And then I decided I was sick of feeling that way so I quit my job to write full time and now I feel better than I have for ages. Sometimes we really are stuck, and it’s only when we see it that we can bring about change
    This post is full of great advice, I especially like the one about seeing that even if one or two goals are getting left behind, you are still doing other things.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • I’m so happy to hear you were able to make a big change like that! I did something similar a few years back and it was probably one of the best decisions of my life. Congrats!

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