How To Navigate Through Obstacles When You Feel Stuck

If you are an anxious person, like myself, it can be easy to over-plan your future. At first you don’t succeed then give up. What a minute — I don’t think that’s how that quote goes. I am sure you guys have heard it a million times. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. Getting back up and trying again is hard. That is the point. Creating and getting to know yourself takes time and patience. So it can be disappointing when quick fixes are not so quick, or fix much of anything. Attempt to cultivate good habits instead of “fixes”. Sure it is not the answer that you want, but think of it as a favor to your future self.

If you have poked around my website I am sure you have learned about goals. Yet how do you overcome obstacles such mental blocks that get in the way of your goals?

I have been fighting depressed moods and anxious thoughts for the past 2 years. And it is tough to completely overcome. Here are some examples of things I have done to overcome obstacles that I could let interfere with goals.

  1. Exercise. The thing about exercising is that it can be anything you want it to be. It can be swimming, running, yoga, group sports, strength training, you name it. There are a lot of options. Exercise affects the chemistry of our brain by increasing dopamine levels. Why does this matter? Two words: reward motivation. Dopamine’s main function is to aide us in experiencing pleasure and motivation.
  2. Keep a journal. Being able to see how I have changed through my own writing is a powerful tool. For me I like to write down my thoughts to help cope with anxiety and to track progress. Journal-keeping gives you a perspective of yourself in that moment. Your entries can help you gain prospective on how to face your problems. You can form questions to counter act your thoughts as well. Take a time to relish in the moment so you can grow from your experiences.
  3. Regular Sleep. We all know we need it. Our smart phones even know we as adults need sleep. The average adult needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep. I function the best at about 9 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can do several things to damage your brain and its functioning. You can lose creativity, make poor decisions, and keep fat. So go to sleep because being tired isn’t going to help you overcome obstacles or achieve your goals.

Take deep a breath and give yourself a break, you cannot change overnight and no one expects you to. All you can do is accept your journey to mental and/or physical health. It takes time to become successful through your own experiences. It was a lot of trial and error and still is. But, building a solid foundation and finding tools to help you makes a huge difference. Rather than leaping into a huge change causing you more worry, take small steps. Your comfort zone is not a place to live forever it is more of a stepping stone to future goals.

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