Do you feel stuck or as if you are reliving the same day repeatedly without many changes? If yes, you are not alone. Most of us feel stuck at some point in our lives. This stuckness can cause anger, sadness and frustration if it continues for a long time. In this article, we’ll discuss a few reasons why people feel stuck in a loop and also discuss a few ways to overcome the same.

Sometimes stuckness in life is normal, yet it can be very overwhelming and isolating. Here are a few reasons why some people might feel stuck:

  • Lack of New Experiences

Most of us like the certainty that comes with having a routine. Having a decent routine can be beneficial as well. However, sometimes adhering to strict or inflexible routines can prevent us from having new or different experiences. New experiences are essential for our minds to feel stimulated. When daily activities lack variety and new experiences, the brain may interpret the routine as mundane and repetitive.

  • Stress And Burnout

Stress is the body’s natural response to challenging situations. However, when challenging situations persist for a long time, it can lead to burnout. Burnout is a state where our body feels completely exhausted. When our body and mind are exhausted, we might not have the energy to try anything new or make changes, even if we want to. Thus, constant stress can make our days feel like a loop.

  • Lack of Meaning

All of us need a sense of meaning and purpose in life, we are naturally wired to pursue them. Meaning and purpose drive us to overcome challenges and move forward. However, when we lack a sense of meaning or clear goals, our days may seem mundane. The absence of clear goals or a sense of accomplishment can give us a feeling of living in the same loop every day.

  • Resistance to Change

As mentioned before, all of us like certainty. Sometimes, this need for certainty can leave us stuck in our comfort zone. Being stuck in our comfort zone could also lead us to fear or resist any challenges that can arise as a result of change. The more we resist change, the more our lives are likely to remain the same

  • Underlying Mental Health Conditions

Sometimes the feeling of being stuck in life can arise from underlying mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. This is because depression causes anhedonia, or a lack of pleasure, while anxiety is associated with a fear of uncertainty. Thus, both depression and anxiety can contribute to the feeling of being in a loop.

How To Break The Daily Loop?

There are many ways in which one can break the monotonous daily loop. Some of them are

  • Reflect

Take time to reflect on what could be making you feel stuck. Consider thinking about what you want out of your life currently and what the possible options are to achieve what you want. Keeping a daily journal of your thoughts and feelings can help you reflect.

  • Try New Experiences

Take small steps to break the loop by trying something new. It can be something as simple as reading a new book, taking a new route to your office, trying out a new dish, or picking up a new hobby. The idea is to stimulate the mind by offering something new.

  • Self-Care

If you are feeling burnt out, indulging in self-care might help. Self-care involves taking care of yourself by creating healthy habits like getting enough sleep, having a good diet, exercising and consciously taking time for the things that you like.

  • Challenge Negative Thoughts

Many times, a feeling of stuckness comes from a lot of negative thoughts and critical self-talk that goes on inside us. Challenging negative self-talk helps us form better perspectives and move forward. Some questions to challenge negative thoughts are:

  • Is there any other way to look at the situation?
  • How would I help a friend who is stuck in the same situation if they came to me for advice?
  • Am I being too hard on myself?
  • Professional Help

If the feeling of being in a loop or being stuck persists for a long time, it could be a sign of deeper issues that need to be addressed. Consulting a therapist can help you address the root cause of this stuckness and also help you develop strategies to overcome it.


The feeling that every day is a loop is a common experience influenced by a variety of factors, such as lack of new experiences, loss of meaning, feelings of fear or underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or burnout. Recognizing the sources of monotony can help you develop strategies to overcome them. One can overcome this feeling by increasing self-awareness, seeking new experiences, challenging negative thoughts, prioritizing self-care or seeking external support at the right time. 


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Dhruva Koranne

Dhruva Koranne has completed his Masters in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, BALM. He has been practicing as a counsellor since 2020 and works to create a safe space for clients where they can open up. In addition to this, Dhruva loves researching and studying about upcoming theories in the field of Psychology. Connect with him on Linkedin