What to do when you feel lost?

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Feeling lost at any age is normal and can happen at anytime. You can feel lost when it comes to: a work task, a career path and your next steps in your life. There are bigger changes and decisions you have to make throughout your life and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. 

Feeling lost can have a negative impact on your mental health. Overthinking can creep in and so can self doubt, so it is important when you are feeling lost that you are creating positive mental health habits to allow you to gain perspective whilst keeping your mood high. 

Here are 5 top tips to help you when you are feeling lost and will help you gain perspective:

Journaling Your Thoughts

Journaling is a very power positive habit that can help change your mindset and your life. Being able to write down your thoughts and feelings at the end of the day can help you clear your mind and work through your feelings or thoughts one at a time. Journaling at the end of the day can also help you sleep better as you clear your mind and can start a new day motivated. There are many forms of journaling, using a bullet journal or just a notebook and write daily affirmations to help you stay positive. 

Do Something You Love To Do

Partaking in an activity that you are passionate about or enjoy doing can help you stay busy and stop your mind from wondering. Doing something that you love can make you feel good and build your self esteem and self love. Doing fun things individually or with loved ones can help you be present in the moment where you will gain the most joy. Having a break from what you have been thinking about can then help you gain perspective and come up with new ideas.

Go outside

Being outside in nature can help ground you and taking in the fresh air can make you feel refreshed. Taking a walk can not only help you keep active but exercising releases endorphins that naturally make you feel good. If you are stuck with tasks or not sure what to do next taking a break can help you come back to the drawing board with fresh eyes and you may come up with other ideas. Going outside and using gentle exercise can help boost your mental health which is important in looking after yourself and rediscovering your path. 

Do something productive

If you are struggling with what to do during difficult times or what your next steps are for work, taking time away and doing something productive can help you keep yourself and your mind healthy and active. If you are dealing with the opposite problem and you are overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you need to do and not sure where to turn, writing lists is a great way to get organised. Writing down your tasks for the day in list form and then once you have achieved that task you can cross it off. Not only do you get instant satisfaction from crossing off a task but it is also motivating to try and check off more tasks.  

Ask for help

If feelings are getting you down and you feel you are struggling, that is okay! However it is important that you reach out, you can reach out to: your family members, your partner or even your doctor. Talking to someone about your feelings can help you work through your struggles but they also will be able to show that support or they may even have solutions that you may not have even thought about. There is something very therapeutic about talking out your feelings. Your mental health is the just as important as your physical health.


What do you do when you feel lost? I’d love to hear comments.


21 thoughts on “What to do when you feel lost?

  1. These are really great suggestions! I find for me just getting outside and walking helps immensely (when the weather permits). Talking to someone outside your household who you trust and love is also very important. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Loved reading this post.

    I am not going to lie the Pandemic has bought about a whole new view on feeling lost for me.

    I have tried to take each day as it comes and not to plan to much which has been hard as a natural planner. Alongside this i have tried to switch off more by turning off the news, watching disney movies, cooking my fav comfort food and chatting a lot on facetime with my siblings who are my lifeline.

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  3. I have been feeling lost lately. I do not why or in response to what but I have definitely felt myself drifting a bit into wondering where life is taking me and what the future is going to look like, so it was refreshing to read this today! Writing is one of my favorite ways to ground myself.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are all great suggestions! Going for a walk and doing something productive are the one that helps me the most. When I feel lost I almost always end up cleaning or take some time to watch something funny to get me in a better mood. Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Lovely post Lauren! I’ve recently started journalling as I was having hard time with my thoughts and emotions lately! Also going out for a walk really clears your mind too x Penny

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  6. Loved all of these tips. I enjoy journaling to gain clarity whenever I’m feeling lost.


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