Are you stuck in a rut? Has life lost its luster for you?
It seems that many people feel trapped in the life they are leading. The kicker is that nothing too bad is actually happening. What I mean is that there are no current crises going on. No one has cancer or has passed away unexpectedly or has even lost their job.
It’s just that life has become very boring, predictable and irritating. Can you relate to this?
I certainly can. I’ve struggled with feeling trapped in my life from time-to-time over the years. It kind of sneaks up on you. You build a nice, comfortable life and then bam! You wake up one morning bored out of your gourd.
The good news is that you don’t have to live life this way. There are options. You may not see them right now, but we can work on that.
Five ways to make that trapped in my life feeling vanish
No matter how trapped you may feel, I guarantee you that it is not as bad as it seems. You still have a lot of control and freedom. You just need to open your eyes and see the possibilities.
Here are some things I do to make the feelings of being trapped vanish.
1. Imagine what you want your life to be like a year from now
Your life is largely determined by the vision you have for it. I don’t think there is any hocus pocus in this. It’s just that nothing can happen in our lives until we first imagine it and then act upon making it come true. Trust me on this. Take 30 minutes and write out what you’d like your life to look like a year from now if everything went perfectly your way. You’ll be amazed at how uplifting this exercise is for you!
2. Start actively practicing gratitude
You have plenty of things to be thankful for if you just take a few minutes to acknowledge them. Make a list. Yes, a list. Come on, just do it. Write down at least 25 things that you have to be grateful for. Twenty-five?!? Yes, twenty-five. It will stretch you, but you can do it. Once you have the list read over it. See. You do have a lot to be grateful about. Also, this is your list of assets that can carry you to that vision you created in Step 1.
3. Talk to someone about your feelings
Get your feelings out in the open with your spouse, a trusted friend or a counselor. Oftentimes, just saying it all out loud will help you to see that life isn’t as bad as it seems. Plus, the encouragement you are likely to receive will be like a vitamin to your soul. Open up and discuss your feelings of being trapped and it could be the key that unlocks a new sense of optimism for you!
4. Read or engage in something uplifting
Find some inspiration online, in a book or at an event. You need positive inputs right now. Fortunately, there are a ton of options for you to swing your mind to the positive and to help you see all the freedom you have available. If you are religious, attend your church or synagogue. This is another great way to lift the fog from your life. Find a source of inspiration that lifts your thinking and gets you out of that pit.
5. Make a stand
Decide today that you will no longer follow the path of least resistance in your life. Decide today to make a stand and improve your life for the better. Decide today that you will start working to be free! Being happy and living life to the fullest is a choice. It is available to you. However, there is a cost. Are you willing to do the work and make the choices necessary to have a better life? I challenge you to make a stand.
Spring open the door and grab hold of all that freedom!
Take one small step today to free yourself and you will see a world of opportunities open up to you. Be consistent with practicing these strategies and you will accomplish things that will amaze you! Your mind might resist, but it will change its tune rapidly if you just try my suggestions!
Are you feeling trapped? What are you going to do about it?
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