You have to go to a party but, don’t know what to wear. You want to quit your job and start an entrepreneurial journey of your own, but don’t How! Oftentimes you think about moving over to some other place far from the hustles of the city, but are too afraid to take the plunge. In short, life turns to be a complete mess at times. You have no idea of what you should do when faced with crossroads let alone dead ends. When life throws you lemons it’s easier to get overwhelmed when you don’t know what to do. You get trapped in the vicious cycle of your thoughts that totally paralyzes you to think clearly and focus. When faced with the responsibility of making big and small decisions in your life, you tend to be uncertain. So, what to do when you don’t know what to do?

Let me get you out of that uncertainty which you have been going through for the past few days. The 10 amazing tricks mentioned below will surely get you back on track and you would finally know what to do when you don’t know what to do!

What can I do when I don’t know WHAT TO DO | Things to do when life seems uncertain

1- Accept your situation

Life becomes extremely complicated at times. You barely try to complete one thing that it throws another at your way. You get frustrated and annoyed at the complexity of the situation. Even the simplest of challenges feel impossible to overcome. Amid all the uncertainty and confusion, you literally feel like quitting life to start it all over again.

But remember, life is an ongoing process. You won’t have answers to all of its questions. You would have to leave some by choice, answer a few, and face failure too. Above all, you would face uncertainty and deal with hopelessness at times. Life is full of interesting twists and turns. Accept your situation first. Trying to hide away from your problems isn’t the solution. Worrying over them will only add to your misery further.

Accepting your situation will make it easier for you to think about the solution strategically. Our professor once told us that there’s an answer to every problem only if you tackle it the right way. The right way won’t come to your mind unless you accept the severity of the situation.

So, you have to accept what life throws at you and stop crying and venting about it. You have to stop thinking about how things were ideal in the past but be future-oriented. As Tiny Buddha puts it, practicing acceptance prepares you to live in this changing world, where you never know what’s going to happen next. Whatever happens to you either good or bad receive it with open arms!

2- Rest your mind when you don’t know what to do

Your mind is the center of all the functions you perform. You think, feel, act and react according to the state in which your mind is. Considering the paramount importance your brain has, it’s vital to give it some time to rest.

Overwork or over-stressing over petty things might be the reason that you are unable to decide what to do with your life. Decision-making is an important skill that involves the prefrontal Cortex and Hippocampus of your brain. Only if it is given enough time to recharge would it be able to perform fully.

When in doubt, rest your brain. Just go to a quiet place, sit or lie in a comfortable position and close your eyes for 5 minutes. Take some deep breaths. The 5 minutes of rest won’t do any harm to your daily routine. Instead, try to schedule a time for 3,4 naps a day. Studies reveal that people who take frequent breaks are better able to perform efficiently. It also improves your mood and increases your attention span. 

So, when you don’t know what to do, do NOTHING! Don’t overcomplicate things or overburden your mind when it has already reached its fullest potential. Switch off everything and just let your brain wander for 5 or 10 minutes. Or go to your room, pull up your blankets, and take a power nap instead!

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3- Take a leap of faith

Life is uncertain as said earlier. You won’t have all the answers to the problems it throws at you but, you can’t just sit there waiting right! Whether it is choosing a major when applying for high school or leaving the relationship you think has no vigor left in it. From the biggest things to the smallest ones you would have to take action not knowing about the answers.

Trust your gut for that matter. Most of the time your intuition already knows the answer but, you are unable to find it or haven’t really tried to. Take a leap of faith because it can lead to horizons unexplored. It’s an act of freeing yourself of all the uncertainties and confusion that you had about the outcomes. According to The Happiness Planner, by taking a leap of faith you allow yourself to start anew and feel completely free. This in itself is a whole new level of freedom. Freedom from your shortcoming, freedom of the unknown, and freedom of overthinking. 

So, stop worrying about the outcome, trust your gut, and take a leap of faith. The sky is your only limit and you would have to traverse on unknown paths at times. After all, better an OPPS than a WHAT IF!

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4- Have patience when you don’t know what to do

What is the best thing to do right now, when you don’t know what to do? Have patience. Patience is said to be a key to success for a reason. Because only the patient individuals can enjoy the blessings of life at the right time. The impatient ones will change their pathway and seek a shortcut instead. Sadly, shortcuts only lead to short-term happiness. Whereas patience bores limitless fruit and that too at a time when you least expect it.

Be patient when you don’t know what to do. Life has a way of unfolding its realities upon you. It goes with its own pace. No matter how hard you try or how impatient you might be, it would unravel its blessings upon you only when the time is right. And do you and I know when the time is right? No, we don’t. We have to be patient with life. Studies reveal that patience puts you in direct control of yourself. Therefore, a lack of success is always linked to a lack of patience in a person.

Once you start practicing the virtue of patience, you’ll feel comfortable with the pace of life. You won’t be stressing over trivial matters but remain relaxed in the face of adversity. When vexed with the complexities of life, try to remain patient instead of acting out the impulse. Remember Patience is the key to life after all!

5- Unplug from technology

In this digitally driven world, it is important to have a healthy relationship with technology. However, amid all the work stressors and the need to stay connected, we seldom realize the importance of unplugging from technology.

The constant buzzing of phones, updates posted by friends, and pictures of a perfect lifestyle make it hard to focus on your life with content. There urge of comparison never leaves you grateful for the things you are blessed with. Instead, you stride on the path of more and better! You overwork yourself to get a car your friend posted a picture of last night. You get stressed and annoyed for not being able to afford the same apartment as your colleague does. In short, life just seems unfair at times.

To reduce the undue stress and the feeling of being betrayed by life it’s important to disconnect from the virtual world.  It’s crucial to learn the art of balancing your lifestyle properly. Not only will this help in focusing on the things that really matter in life but it will also help you in getting rid of insomnia and loneliness.

So, try disconnecting from all of your gadgets after work hours. Limit the time you spend on social media rather than use it in meditation or yoga. You’ll start feeling more content with clarity of mind too!

6- Take some fresh air

When you don’t know what to do with life go out and spend time in nature. Although being directionless might compel you to just stay under the covers for the whole day, it is not going to do any good to you. However, spending time in your natural habitat will work wonders for you.

Not only will it reduce the stress, anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty but you will also feel more positive and productive. One of the major reasons for being unable to decide or even know what to do is due to stress. It fogs your mental ability to think clearly rather than makes a simple matter seem complex and even impossible. Therefore, spending time in nature even 15-20 minutes daily can significantly improve your mood.  According to the University of Minnesota, spending time in nature not only improves your health emotionally but also contributes to your physical well-being.

So, when you feel confused and are unable to decide which path to travel, shut off everything and spend time in the greenery.  You’ll experience having an improved attention span and a clear mind to tackle the complexities of life.

Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better.’ Albert Einstein

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7- Consult a friend or anyone you trust

When stuck with the uncertainties in life it’s always better to take a third opinion. Taking someone else opinion whether it is a friend, a family member, or a loved one gives you a different perspective to think about.

In addition to that, you also know whether the way you are thinking is right or not. Getting a different perspective is important to get out of the vicious cycle of your overwhelming thoughts. Because remember the problem you are facing might be faced by someone already. Keeping it to yourself won’t do any good to you. It will only exacerbate the situation.

So, instead of thinking about the problem, again and again, try getting a third person’s perspective over the situation. Maybe they have gone through the same phase at any stage in their life. You would get to know how they handled the scenario. The dots in your mind would reconnect eventually and you won’t feel frustrated or stuck anymore.

Also, if a friend or loved one can’t provide the necessary support try interacting with a counselor. They have much more experience and exposure to the world which will help in clearing the air.

8- Never lose hope

Lastly, but most importantly don’t ever let the ambiguity in your mind make you hopeless. Desperation is the least you would want to happen to yourself when you don’t know what to do. Hopelessness is a harmful thing to turn to when you are already stuck in an incomprehensible situation.

It makes you believe that situation you are facing is not going to change ever. This thinking would subside the urge in yourself to do even try to do something about it. You tend to lose your interest in even envisioning the future, which is a harmful mental state to be in.

Therefore, hopelessness is never the solution to any problem instead it makes the problem seem even worse. When you don’t know what to do, just try to remain positive and hopeful about the future. You might not know that answer to all your problems today but tomorrow might change your circumstances. You never know when things would turn out in your favor.

So, when you have a problem and you don’t know what to just be hopeful. Regardless of the situation, you are in. Being hopeful will not only make the present situation bearable but would also motivate you to take steps to improve your situation. Cling to hope in desperate times and things will eventually seem better. Hold on to the power of hope when the next time.

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Conclusion;

Not knowing what to do is a difficult situation to be in. However, you are not alone in it. Everyone at a certain point in their lifetime goes through this feeling. Where your mind is unable to even come up with a do-able idea. But, with these 8 tips in mind, you will eventually feel better about the nothingness you are trapped in. You only need to stop hesitating and start trying regardless of the outcome. Also, it’s never too late to start again even if you fail at something!

About the Author

Sara Khan

Sara is a freelance writer and an entrepreneur running a fashion label 'Rococo official'. She aims to spread happiness and inspire people whether through writing or clothing.

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