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.
Do these tips work for you when you’re feeling stuck? Do you have any other tips?
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