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Why Feeling Lost Can Be Good Sometimes

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Feeling lost is when we feel directionless or even meaningless. Not having a clear sense of where you’re going in life can be very uncomfortable and even painful at times.

However, feeling lost may not necessarily be a bad thing. Feeling lost can sometimes be helpful because it sends a signal to us that something in our lives needs to change and motivates us to do so. Seen from this perspective, feeling lost is a catalyst for self-growth for it drives us to embark on a journey of self-discovery to figure out what truly matters to us.

Here are some tips on what to do if you feel lost, whether it is feeling lost in a career, relationship or life.

  1. Acknowledge the feeling.

  2. Remind yourself that this is a phase of life. These feelings of worry and despair are temporary.

  3. Recognise that feeling lost is a sign that something is nudging you to reflect and make the necessary changes in your life to improve.

  4. Take time to reflect and talk to someone you can trust. Consider seeing a professional if needed.

  5. Identify your passion and your strengths. It can increase your confidence in your ability to overcome this difficult period. Identifying your passion can help you identify the direction to take, while identifying your strength help you in navigating that direction.

  6. Identify resources to support you in putting your plan into action.

Although feeling lost can be helpful in renavigating your life, it is important to note that extended periods of feeling lost may indicate severe mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. If feeling lost lingers even after you have tried the steps listed above, or if it leads to weak boundary, this could be a sign that you may need to seek professional counselling or psychotherapy.

Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy provides counselling and. psychotherapy services for children, youth and adults who experience trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. For more information, please visit or WhatsApp at +65 8889 1848 / 9484 9067.

Keywords: counselling, psychotherapy, depression, anxiety, trauma, mental health, boundary


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