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Medically reviewed by Vara Saripalli, Psy.D. — Written by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS — Updated on March 24, 2022

If you’re feeling lost in life — stuck, lacking motivation, or aimless — here are some things that might help.

Though most people don’t talk about it, it’s a feeling many people get.

You might feel lượt thích you don’t know the next step to lớn take in life. You might feel helpless, emotionally numb, or lượt thích you’ve lost your spark.

Many things can make you feel lost, like the end of a relationship, missed opportunities, or an awareness of your life not moving in the direction you imagined. Sometimes, you aren’t sure why you feel lost, but you can’t shake the feeling of being utterly aimless, floating from random task to random task.

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There are many reasons why you might feel lost, but there are also many ways you can try to lớn find yourself again.

What does it mean when you ‘feel lost?’

“Feeling lost feels a lot lượt thích depression,” says Carolyn Ferreira, PsyD, a psychologist who helps people rebuild relationships & recover from trauma và addictions.

If you feel lost in life, you might feel unmotivated và uninterested in your hobbies, she says. You might feel “like life is meaningless.” You might no longer recognize yourself.

You also might feel like you’ve lost sight of the person you want to be, says Danielle Kepler, a licensed clinical professional counselor based in Chicago who specializes in treating adults with anxiety, depression, and life transitions, as well as couples with relationship issues.

It also can feel lượt thích you’ve always felt this lost, và you always will, Kepler says. “You might struggle lớn remember a time when you felt lượt thích your ‘old self.’” You may “see no way out of it.”

But know that there is a way out. In fact, there are many ways. Here are some things you can vày when you feel lost:

1. Acknowledge và accept how you’re feeling

Denying our emotions can often vì more harm than good.

“When a person acknowledges their feeling of being lost emotionally, they can then attend lớn it,” says Colleen Mullen, PsyD, a licensed marriage & family therapist, psychotherapist, & founder of the Coaching Through Chaos private practice & podcast in San Diego.

Remind yourself it’s OK khổng lồ feel sad, disappointed, or helpless, she says. “These are natural consequences when our life path changes abruptly in a direction we did not want.”

It also can help lớn write about your feelings through journaling. Try writing about how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling this way. Describe your physical sensations. Document your thoughts. Get it all down on paper.

2. Take compassionate care of yourself

After you’ve acknowledged how you’re feeling, Mullen suggested soothing yourself with practices such as:

Also, try being kind to yourself. For instance, when thoughts like, “Oh, I can’t believe this is happening,” or “I don’t know why I am even trying” arise, you might tell yourself, “I can handle this,” or “If I’m overwhelmed, I can take a break,” she says.

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“Remind yourself that although you may feel your circumstances are out of your control, you can still control how you react khổng lồ them.”

3. Keep engaging in activities that make you feel good

“Any movement you make when you feel lost will feel lượt thích progress,” Ferreira says. For instance, you might keep your nourishing bedtime routine & your weekly lunch with your best friend because you always feel better after talking with them.

4. Reflect on your values

What matters khổng lồ you? What’s important? Ferreira suggested working through a values worksheet, which you can find online.

“Pick one or two values that resonate with you và do something that is in line with that.” She shares this example: One of your values is justice, so you start volunteering at a local nonprofit.

Kepler suggests clients think of someone they admire. This might be a mentor, colleague, or friend. She asks them lớn identify the specific qualities they admire.

For instance, maybe you admire your colleague’s friendliness, kindness, & ability lớn assert themselves, she says. “These are often values that feel are important; it’s just somewhat easier lớn identify them in other people than .”

5. Attend inspirational events

It might help khổng lồ see a motivational speaker, attend a guest lecture at a university, or kiểm tra out a business networking event, Ferreira says.

“Attending an inspirational sự kiện can help you remember what you’re passionate about.” It also can help you connect to like-minded people, she said. And “sometimes just the energy in the room from such an sự kiện can be enough to lớn get a person going again.”

6. Seek out helpful resources

Consider working with a therapist or joining a tư vấn group that focuses on what you’re dealing with, says Mullen. She suggests researching whatever issue you’re trying to navigate. For instance, if you’re dealing with grief, try looking for memoirs và self-help books on the subject.

Let’s recap

It’s hard lớn know what to vị when you feel lost. A good place khổng lồ start is khổng lồ spend some time acknowledging and understanding why you’re feeling this way.

Even though it might be painful or frustrating, feeling lost can become an opportunity for growth.

“Feeling lost can redirect us toward what really matters to us,” Ferreira says. It can inspire us to lớn take a trip and savor new experiences. It can inspire us to lớn take a different job, which starts to fulfill us. It can inspire us khổng lồ join a tư vấn group to lớn find our tribe.

Looking for mental health support but not sure where to start? Psych Central’s How lớn Find Mental Health tư vấn resource can help.

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Feeling lost can be the first step in creating a more fulfilling life and be the first step in reconnecting with yourself.

Last medically reviewed on March 24, 2022

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Medically reviewed by Vara Saripalli, Psy.D. — Written by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS — Updated on March 24, 2022

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