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What Can I Do When Feeling Emotionally Stuck?

by Sharon Taylor

Most of us will have had periods in our lives when we feel stuck, feeling overwhelmed by a situation, and although time has moved on, you can still feel stuck – paralyzed by the negative thoughts that are going around in your head.

Your physical, mental and emotional energies can sometimes feel stagnated and as a result you may:-

  • not be able to think straight
  • feel physically and mentally exhausted
  • feel emotional, unstable or tearful

    Busy Mind

    Feeling Overwhelmed


Life goes on, so you try ignoring these feelings by suppressing them; knowing that they’re not going to go away by themselves. Then there comes a time when you don’t want to continue feeling like this. You’ve decided that you want to shift the feelings of being stuck, but you’re not sure how to do this.


Feeling stuck can happen when you’re constantly overthinking and focusing on how things should or could be different or better than they are. You can’t change the past, but you can influence the future. By recognising this and acknowledging your feelings, you can start to work out a plan and take positive actions to address and shake-off these feelings that are causing you to feel stuck.

Here are 3 things you can do

  1. Find a chat-buddy

It’s good to talk. Talking to a friend, a family member or a therapist will help you to share and release your negative thoughts and feelings. This will stop them from continually going around in your mind. Sharing how you feel with someone else who is a good listener will help you to make sense of your thoughts and put them into perspective. Choose a chat buddy who has a positive, uplifting attitude. They may have experienced something similar and have some good advice for you too.

  1. Move your body

When you exercise your brain releases hormones called serotonin.  Serotonin are naturally created chemicals that relieve stress and create positive feelings. So, get your body moving and generate some feel-good hormones. Go for a brisk walk (preferably in nature), to the gym, for a run or do jumping-jacks in the living room!

  1. Move your mind

Your thoughts create your reality. Constant negative thoughts lead to having negative feelings. Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings about you and your world. Start observing your thoughts and what you’re feeding your mind through books, TV programs, conversations with friends etc. Ask yourself: –

  • “Are these thoughts true for me?”
  • “Are these books, magazines, newspapers or TV programs serving me well?”
  • Are these conversations raising my vibration?”.

If the answer is no, then move your thoughts onto things that do raise your vibration.

A journal is a good tool to use daily to record: –

  • things you are grateful for
  • some positive statements or affirmations
  • anything that makes you feel good about yourself

For some more tips on taking care of yourself, take a look at my blog on how to feel like your old self.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and would like some help shifting your stuck energy, contact Sharon for a FREE 20-minute chat to see how working with her could help you.

About Sharon

Sharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there she witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses which were stress related.

Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, she decided to retrain and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.

Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now, and she loves helping people to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.

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