How to Cope with Feeling “Stuck”

Feeling like you are stuck in the position you are in, whether it’s a location or a mood, is always a bummer. Sometimes we believe we will never get to where we desire. We want to live somewhere else. We want a different job. We want a different weight. We want a different attitude. It can feel like you are never going to get to where you want, but you won’t until you take things into action.

During high school, I always felt stuck. Coming to terms with the fact that I was very well stuck here until graduation really put me down all of the time. I wanted to be somewhere where I could thrive and finally be truly happy. I knew that I wouldn’t experience this until I was out of high school and my hometown.

College was coming up and I knew this was my opportunity to not feel stuck anymore. In my senior year of high school, I knew my life would be totally different a year from now. I would be in my own apartment in a bigger city. I would be more independent and have so many opportunities around me that will allow me to thrive. Knowing these facts got me through high school.

Every time I was sitting in class bored out of my mind, I thought about where I would be this fall and I would no longer feel sad. Visualizing myself in my apartment and walking on campus is how I coped with feeling stuck. Visualizing myself graduating college and moving to a different state is how I coped with feeling stuck. Visualizing may not be the case for every one, so I will give more advice on how to cope with feeling stuck.


  • Start something new

Our daily routine can sometimes be the reason we are miserable in the place we are in. If you’re like me and hate being repetitive, then you know you need some change in your life. Start a hobby. Start exercising or a different type of exercise. Join a club or community project. Choose a new skin care routine. Try anything that appeals to you and put a twist on your daily routine.


  • Plan out your future

This is a great way to stray away from your current reality and to create the future of your dreams. Take the time to write it or draw it out, thinking of every little detail you can. Make a list of all of the possible cities you would like to move to and write down how far they are from where you are currently living. Think about the type of house or job you want. Think about whether you want a cat, dog, or both!

Don’t just do this and think “that could never happen.” Plan the future that you desire! It can be as crazy and fun as you want. Truly believing that this will be your future will motivate you more to get through each day.


  • Visualize

This ties in with planning your future. I love visualizing myself in scenarios that I would like to manifest. It creates an exciting feeling inside of me that keeps me happy and motivated all day! If you are sitting in the office feeling down, just visualize yourself at your dream vacation spot. Think to yourself, “I will be there.” This will put you in a happier mood for sure!


  • Learn to find the beauty in where you are now

Even if you are not happy with where you are right now, doesn’t mean you should make yourself even more unhappy by not accepting your current situation. Instead of focusing on the negatives, find the positives in where you are. If you are in school, think about how fortunate you are to get an education. If you are at a job you dislike, try to find at least one thing about the job that isn’t so bad (maybe the money?). What I’m saying is, show gratitude. No matter where you are or how bad your situation is, show gratitude and you will see changes in your life soon.


  • Know that better days are to come

It is most likely a fact that your current situation will not be your permanent situation. I knew I wasn’t going to be in high school forever, so I had to get through it one day at a time. If you always find yourself in a “funk,” remember that you have the ability to live a better life. Bad times can help you grow and learn from what you have experienced. Soon you will be able to look at where you are right now and be thankful for where you are now.


I hope to have uplifted your spirit a little today. I truly believe better days are coming for all of us. If you are happy where you are right now, that is fantastic! If you feel there is something missing in your life, always assure yourself that you will find it eventually. Take care πŸ™‚


43 thoughts on “How to Cope with Feeling “Stuck””

  1. This was so timely. I’ve been feeling a little low and I think it’s because I feel stuck. I started blogging and that has helped, so your suggestion of starting something new is a really good one. I also like the idea of visualization. I saw someone mention a vision board and that’s a great idea too! Thanks, you definitely lifted my spirits.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with finding beauty in where you’re at now. It took me awhile to realize it that’s when I found out that blogging was the best way to get by. I’m also trying the last one of knowing that better days are to come. It seems when things get good for me that there’s always something that comes along to stir up the pot for me. Thanks for sharing will also start with the rest of items you have listed.

  3. I think sooner or later we all go through a period like this and we sruggle, but as you have written – better days will come or in other words – there is always sun after the rain

  4. This is why I started blogging! I needed a new outlet. I like my job but I’ve been there for 19 years. I also had to find the beauty there again. Thank you for sharing.

  5. This post was very timely. I feel like I’ve been feeling stuck for the past year and a half. I moved out to TN with my husband as he pursues his dream of becoming a doctor. In doing so, I had to leave my own dream behind. Well, put it on pause. So this “feeling stuck” thing is temporary, but it sure has made me contemplative!

  6. These are great ideas! My favorite is your tip on finding the beauty in where you are now. Often there are blessings hidden in the rough patches. We just have to find them.

    I also agree with the power of visualization. I recently wrote about how to create a vision board and how to use one. I am seeing results faster than I expected after using a vision board for about 9 months!

  7. Nice read. I always keep future goals in my OneNote. If I am feeling stuck at least I can go to them and know I am working towards them.

  8. Great tips! I struggle most with visualizing! I have a hard time breaking through my own (negative) thoughts sometimes! Learning to find the beauty in the now is something I always strive to do. However, it’s not always achievable! Thank you for the encouragement! <3

  9. What a nice read! I have used all of these tools when I am in that ‘stuck’ spot. After suffering several tragedies in a row, these methods truly transformed my life! Thank you for sharing!

  10. This is especially relevant in my life, especially last year, I felt stuck after moving to a new country, essentially for my husband’s new job. Literally everything you listed is what I did to overcome that feeling of being ‘stuck’. It was a tough tie, but if you push through, you come out a new person, with more ambition and better life experience.

  11. Thank you so much for this insight. I’m such a dreamer and am constantly feeling like I’m stuck. But, I think it’s because I’m not being happy where I am right now. I am stuck where I am because I’ve chosen to be stuck. If I want to move, I have to choose to move and change.

    1. Exactly! Always remember that this isn’t where you’ll be forever and that positive change is on its way!

  12. This is soooo true hunny. Sometimes you just feel bored with your situation and need some excitement. That’s when I started my blog πŸ˜€ needed something else to focus on.
    Some people get so stuck in a rut and cant find a way out. Thank you for this blog xx

  13. I’ve been dealing with the “stuck” feeling. It sucks but one thing I did was start planning and making plans and goals and it changed everything. It finally helped me to realize that I wasn’t stuck and I was actually moving forward, just maybe a little faster now that I had a plan.

  14. Such great advice! The one that I have struggled with most is “learn to find beauty in where you are now”. I have had a rough few years, and a big part of it had to do with that. I have been living in a city I don’t like for over 5 years now, in an apartment I don’t like, and during this time decided I wanted to give up the career I had been working towards since I was a child. I could no longer see plans for the future, and therefore stopped believing better days were to come. However over the last few months I have been working on these, and can honestly say that I have seen and felt an enormous improvement. And now I have a future that I look towards, I can visualize the next stage in my life, and I’ve even been trying to make the best of the little time I have left in this place I’m in, even if I couldn’t appreciate it before. This post is a great reminder for us all that we have the power to change our situation for the better by changing our thoughts and actions, even if what we want doesn’t come right away.

    1. Such an insightful response! Even I have struggled to find the beauty in where I used to live, but I realized it all comes in time. I am so happy to hear that you are in a better place now; keep shining!

  15. I couldn’t agree more! I have the same attitude towards life in general. Waiting for things to happen without taking action isn’t really working out. Your article is really motivating! Thank you for inspiring people πŸ™‚

  16. I love everything in this post. I always visualize my plan and life in coming years. That helps a lot to keep me going forward. Finding beauty in everything that surrounds and happening in my life makes me grateful and contented.

  17. I am feeling exactly this lately! It seems like a cycle with me though. I cycle through being stuck and then out of it. The cycle of things coming and going.

  18. wooow. nice post on how to break away from stagnancy and move forward. by throughly investing in one’s self is one of the way forward. great work.

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