If you are feeling lost right now, it’s probably because you have come face to face with a major loss, a big problem, or a disappointment. You are probably feeling overwhelmed wondering how you are going to deal with many other complicating situations related to the issue. And you might feel dazed and confused, unable to think clearly and intelligently. You might also feel helpless because you realized that you’ve run out of options.
At this point of time, there’s a lot of internal confusion going on and you feel stuck. You’ll feel disconnected from the world. You don’t know which direction to go and what to do next. You’ll begin to wonder whether what you’ve been doing is worth it. You may have lost faith at the same time. Sometimes you don’t know what’s wrong or right anymore.
So, if you are feeling lost right now, don’t despair. You can work things out. Here are …
8 Ways to Find Your Sense of Direction Again
1. Look Inside
What do you do when you lose something? You’ll look for it right? You’ll most likely search everywhere possible to find it.
The same goes with losing your sense of direction. But the difference is, you don’t have to look in all places. You look inside. You look at where you are right now.
Write down your thoughts and your feelings so that it’s easier for you to see. Take them apart so that you can see through the confusion.
2. Be Calm
Do relaxation exercise such as deep breathing or meditation as often as you can. It helps calm your mind, stop the inner chatters and allow you to communicate with your subconscious mind.
When your brainwaves have slowed down and your mind is deeply relaxed, start asking yourself questions such as:
i) “Where do I want to go from here?
ii) What’s important in my life right now?
iii) What can I do right now that will make a difference?”
Remember, your mind has great power. If you ask the right questions, it will provide you with the answers that you need. And if you command and direct it, your brain will follow your orders.
3. Shift Your Attention
Things may have gone wrong or you may have been let down. The more you give your attention to it, the more you will feel out of sorts. You may not have been directly responsible for whatever has happened. But you have control over what you want to experience next.
If happiness is what you seek to achieve, then you must think and do everything that you can to move towards it. It could mean doing something that you don’t normally do.
Get yourself busy by doing something healthy and that you enjoy. Do something physical such as taking brisk walks. It is one of the best ways to make you feel better, release your tension and reduce stress. When you feel better, you can think better. You can then reduce the mental clutter and start over.
4. Remember Your Dreams and Goals
One of the reasons to have a long list of life goals is to keep you working and moving towards them. You can’t get swayed away for long and feel lost if you have dreams to achieve. There’s always something else to think about and to do.
Accept that your predicament right now is one of the phases of life, and a lesson that you have to learn. Go back and review your goals and remember your dreams. It’ll help get up again after a fall. Getting back on track is something that you must do to get unstuck.
5. Talk with Someone
Find someone to talk with. Avoid anyone who is equally feeling lost, miserable and stuck as you are. You won’t benefit from the interaction. Seek someone who is involved with life. Pay attention and listen with an open heart and mind. Sometimes a casual remark can change how you perceive things, cause you to look at a different direction, and take action.
6. Sleep on It
Instead of tossing and turning in bed all night worrying, try to sleep on it. Maybe you need several nights of sleeping on it to see things in a different light. Let go off your concerns. Tell yourself that you are releasing them to the universe. Have faith that you will get answers. Once you do get the answer, trust your intuition and act upon the knowledge.
7. Develop the Attitude of Gratitude
One of the ways to overcome that feeling of lost is to develop an attitude of gratitude. Observe and pay attention to people and what’s going on around you. Look at life with a different set of eyes. Learn to appreciate and count your blessings. Write them down so that you imprint the observations in your mind.
8. Get Out of the Darkness
When that lost feeling pays a visit again, don’t drift along with it and allow yourself to sink deeper. Get out of the darkness by seeking for light. The light could come from the next person you talk to, listening to a sermon, taking a long walk, reading a book, seeing the suffering of others, or being among nature.
Follow the simple steps suggested above. It’s important that you don’t remain in this situation for too long or it will lead to depression.
Push yourself out of it.