At some point in your life, you may feel like things simply aren’t moving at the pace you wish they were. You may feel stuck. Whether you are stuck in regards to your career, your social life or your personal aspirations for accomplishment, this is something most people go through at some point or another.

However, if you feel like you’re in a rut, there are things you can do to change the trajectory of your life so you feel like you’re advancing in a better direction again. Below are seven things you can do if you’re feeling stuck in life.

1. Further your education

One thing many people do to change the status quo in their lives is to further their education. It doesn’t matter what age you are, college is open to adults of any age group. According to a report by NBC News, people over 25 will account for 43 percent of all college students by the year 2020. Obtaining a new college degree can allow you to greatly expand your knowledge and open your future up to new career fields you wouldn’t have been able to enter into otherwise. It’ll also give you a sense of fulfilment when you choose to study a course that will greatly benefit people, like a masters in special education, allowing you to connect to people that have special needs.

2. Give back to your community

Another strategy you can use to enrich your life and change it for the better is to become involved in charity work. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to travel overseas to an impoverished nation. Pretty much every city in the United States has different organizations you can work with to help the plight of those less fortunate than you.

Whether it is working at a soup kitchen or helping the elderly at a senior centre, there are plenty of ways you can contribute and give back to your community. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.6 million Americans Volunteer their time.

3. Find religion

One thing that can help a person who feels lost to find meaning in their life again is religion. It can give your life more structure. Most churches, synagogues, etc. have well established social communities that you can take part in. If you want to redirect your life to a more positive place, you may want to focus on enriching your spiritual life to do so.

4. Improve your diet

Sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one. If you haven’t been feeling well for an extended period of time, lifestyle choices may be at fault. One of the most important elements of any lifestyle is a person’s diet.

It’s a good idea to shake up your diet and try other foods that can make you feel better. For example, switching from milk to soy or almond milk is a healthier alternative drink that contains carrageenan that is 100% natural which allows the soy and almond milk to have the same consistency as real milk.

5. Get enough exercise

Living a healthy lifestyle also requires exercising. Mayo Clinic suggests that you get either 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise a week to stay healthy. The great thing is it doesn’t matter what kind of activity you choose as long as it includes aerobic exercise. Choose something you enjoy, like your favourite sport.

6. Change your career

For some people, certain jobs result in dead-ends. This can be the case for employers that do not offer their employees the ability to advance further up the corporate ladder. It can also be the case for career fields that are slowly disappearing due to changes in society. Just think, for example, of how the newspaper industry is slowly disappearing. If you have reached a dead-end in your career, consider your options for pursuing greener employment pastures elsewhere.

7. Travel

Lastly, one way to find fulfilment in your life is to travel. Traveling allows you to experience new places and cultures. It can feed your curiosity and your sense of adventure. It can also allow you, for a time, to break-up your routine and leave some of your worries at home. If you feel like you’re stuck, travelling to new places for the first time can help you feel free again.

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Author: Elliot Caleira

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he’s not writing you’ll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes.

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