4 Productive Things to Do When You’re Feeling Stuck

Burst away from feeling stuck in life and start finding your motivation

Like most people, oftentimes we go through periods where we’re feeling stuck and no matter what we do, nothing seems to be able to pull us out of that negative headspace. It’s only natural to get stuck in a rut every now and again but it feels especially exhausting when we start asking ourselves, “what’s wrong with me?” or “do I have depression?” If you’re worried you could be suffering from a mental health issue, you should speak to your doctor. But, oftentimes we just need to find a way to kick start our motivation and pull ourselves out of the funk.

Here are some things you can do if you’re feeling stuck in life.

Write a List

Sometimes, our thoughts can feel overwhelming if something is bothering us. Try writing out a list of changes you’d like to see in the next month and another for the next year. To hold yourself accountable for these changes, write out ways you can accomplish a solution for each problem. Another way to pull yourself out of a funk? Through the art of writing a daily to-do list. If you have a big deadline you keep putting off, write it down! If you’ve been wanting to hit the gym, put it on your list. Need to stop at the grocery store? You know what to do. Writing down the little things can work wonders for increasing our motivation and feelings of accomplishment.

Read an Inspiring Book

From fictional fantasy to an inspiring career read, diving into a well-written book can be an effective solution for feeling stuck emotionally. Reading a good book can help remove you from a stressful life situation, instead encouraging you to focus on “another world” so to speak. For example, if you’re struggling in your current job, try reading a motivational book on ways to advance in your career. Now, this isn’t to say you should run away from your problems, but oftentimes when we’re dwelling on unhappy emotions, shifting your focus on something that makes us feel good can assist with overcoming anxiety.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Social media can be destructive to our self-esteem and overall life satisfaction. When we’re viewing everything through rose coloured glasses, it’s easier to compare ourselves to others and spiral into a destructive mentality of “the grass is always greener on the other side”. If you’re feeling unhappy about where you’re at in life, stop comparing yourself to other people on your Instagram or Facebook feed. Social media platforms tend to paint a prettier picture than reality and usually, things aren’t always what they appear to be.


Stress & anxiety symptoms from less than ideal life situations can wreak havoc on our wellbeing. If you’re struggling to cope with something that’s potentially holding you back, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate how you spend your time. Leaving a draining job or an unhealthy relationship can be frightening but if you part ways with those things, think about where you’ll be in the future. Do you feel an overwhelming amount of freedom? Do you imagine yourself killing it in a different industry? Travelling the world? You can do whatever you want to do! You just have to trust in yourself in order to get there.

Taking a leap and going after what we really want can certainly feel challenging. But achieving your goals and seeking out your happiness is possible! It sounds simple, but all you need to do is pull yourself out of the rut and start going after what you want. By following your heart, feeling stuck will be a thing of the past.


*I’m not a doctor of any sort. These are just my personal opinions and things that have worked for me in the past. If you’re feeling suicidal or are suffering from severe depression and anxiety, please call a crisis hot line or seek help from a medical professional.  

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