We’ve all had times in our lives where we have felt stuck.
Sometimes it can be in small ways where we are experiencing a general sense of boredom and wanting to try new things.
Sometimes it can be in bigger ways where we feel the need to make big changes in order to move forward, such as leaving a relationship or moving to a new place.
Some of the feelings we may experience when we feel stuck are:
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Numbness (some people may use alcohol, food or other substances to numb feelings)
- Depression, especially if someone has felt stuck for a long time
If you are experiencing any of the above, here are a couple tools and practices that can help you move out of feeling stuck.
Even though we may be feeling very stuck in one area of life such as work, other areas in our lives may be running along very smoothly.
Therefore it can be very helpful to journal and try to pinpoint the areas we are feeling stuck and then dig deeper to identify the root causes of that feeling.
For example, maybe deep down it’s not the job that is the main issue. You may still enjoy the work but you may not be feeling challenged enough, or maybe you feel uninspired by your work environment.
Through journaling, we can identify what changes we need to make that are aligned with our minds and our hearts.
2. Change it up in your daily routine
We can easily get stuck in our daily routines and end up having the same meals on rotation, taking the same routes to work, or wearing the same clothes, etc.
Sometimes making little changes can lead to bigger changes than we could ever expect. For example, having a different breakfast, or wearing a totally different style of clothing or color. Maybe taking things a step further and trying out a different kind of exercise class, or walking a different route can shift up things even more.
When we change things up a bit, it may unexpectedly lead us on a different path such as meeting new people or improving how we feel about ourselves.
Taking a short time out from each day to tune out the external noise and to tune into ourselves can make a huge difference to our sense of well-being.
Through meditation, we can pay attention to our inner selves and we may even receive guidance on what we need to do in order to move out from feeling stuck.
It may be a small thing such as setting a boundary with a friend when we are feeling stuck in a relationship. Or it may be a bigger change that is required, such as deciding to leave the place we have been living and starting over all again in a totally new part of the country or even a new country!
Meditation is a great tool to help us to be in a place of clarity and have a sense of grounded-ness to make these important decisions rather than being reactive and acting on our impulse.
These are just a few ways that can help us move forward when we are feeling stuck.
There are many more tools out there and sometimes a greater level of support may be needed, such as talking to a therapist or trying out healing modalities like EFT (emotional freedom tapping) or Somatic Experiencing to support you through the process.
What has helped you to move forward when you felt stuck before?
Feel free to share with Nikki here, she’d love to hear from you.
Nikki Kachum lives on the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand with her husband and young children. She is a Pilates instructor and health coach with a special interest in the gut and nervous system. She currently helps manage the social media posts for Museflower Retreat & Spa.
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