What to Do When You’re Feeling Stuck

April 27, 2012 0 Comments

It’s happened to me again.

I’ve got plenty on my To-Do list. Extras even. And all the regulars….laundry, dishes, kids activities.

But I find myself feeling stuck. Like I don’t know where to start. Like I can’t focus on one item to get it completed.

A child home sick from school doesn’t help. Neither does the cold rainy weather.

I recognize the feeling by the heavy sensation in my arms and legs and the way my thoughts fly from one thing to the next, unsure where to land. I know it’s coming when I find myself looking for something — an incoming email, a forgotten note, something to point me in the right direction.

Any of this sound familiar?

So what do I do? The answer is right there. I Do!


I see two paths when I’m feeling stuck. I can either take action or take care.

First I need to tap into what exactly is making me feel stuck.

Is it because I have so many things on my To Do list that I’m overwhelmed? I need to take action.

Is it because I need to fill my well? Time to take care.


Once I know where the feeling is coming from I know the best choice for me. Today it was to take action. I made a quick, easy to accomplish task list this afternoon, right on the dry erase board on the fridge, and plowed forward. When I felt scattered I could simple go and look at the list.

Take out the trash and the recycling. Check. Do the dishes. Check. Bathe and shower the kids. Check.

By accomplishing a few concrete tasks my mind calmed a bit and the completed tasks helped increase my motivation. It helped me Do something, and once that happens it is much easier to just keep moving forward.


But what if I needed to fill my well? What if I needed to take care?

Then my afternoon would have included a hot cup of tea, sitting on the couch reading while the kids played or watched a show. Or maybe I would have brought out the paints or crayons, and put color to paper and relaxed by letting my right brain lead the way. I may have even closed my eyes and taken a short nap, in earshot of the kids, giving myself the gift of a little rest, to recharge and better face the day.


The important thing is that I listen closely to what I need, chose and move forward.

Next time you feel stuck remember, there are two paths — take action or take care. Take the time to listen to what you truly need and you will know which path to take.


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