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When will this feeling of being trapped ever leave me?

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Last Updated: 12/10/2021 at 6:35pm
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Lindsay Scheinerman, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

My work with clients is to help them recognize and build on their strengths to find solutions for the conflicts presented in their lives.

Top Rated Answers
December 22nd, 2014 12:24am
You can feel free by accepting the things that make you feel trapped. For many of us, our body is a prison. For others, it's work. For some, it's loneliness. Accepting some limitations can help you transcend them. Consider this also: even the good things in our lives can make us feel trapped at times, having kids, being in a relationship, having responsibility. Being totally free can also mean having an absence of many of the good things that add to our responsibilities but also make life worth living. No one is ever totally free. Therefore, be careful what you wish for.
December 19th, 2014 10:30am
When you realize what is trapping you. Are you placing limits on yourself? Alot of limits in our life are often self imposed. Noone can be your biggest supporter other than yourself. Believe in yourself and life might feel less entrapping.
December 18th, 2014 11:27pm
I have felt trapped a lot of my life, but once you believe that you are only trapped by the walls YOU build, can it start to get any better. Breathe. Calm down and evaluate things. Maybe talk with a trusted friend or family member. It helps to have people to support you. Realize you are not alone, and that it will get better, it just may take some time.
May 6th, 2018 6:47pm
this is a feeling i have a hard time overecoming , I tend to distance myself alot because i feel trapt , my method is to listen to music and imagine that im somewhere else that i want to be , i do suffer from clinical depression so its hard for me to cope with anything , but it will be over and you will feel that feeling of being trapt ,slowely drift away first key is free your mind
April 15th, 2015 11:02pm
the feeling of being trapped will be with you for as long as you feel that things are beyond your control.
October 20th, 2016 4:22pm
Keep trying. Time will do it. Keep trusting it. It's has its own way. But don't stop trying.......
December 18th, 2014 11:44pm
The more you talk it through with other people, the more you push to fight through it, the sooner you'll get out. That's really what we're here for, to help you realize what's weighing on you and maybe facilitate you getting the help you need or want.
December 19th, 2014 3:32am
Yes. Feelings do not last forever. However, it may take a long time to leave, and it may be a reoccurring feeling. You may find it helpful to identify why you feel trapped, list all the options you could possibly take to change it and then evaluate each, talk to someone about this, do things to pass the time or distract yourself, and/or try to find a new way to view the situation. I don't know what sort of action will help you in your particular situation, but those are things that have helped me at various times in the past. I hope things get better soon.
May 22nd, 2015 4:50am
The only way that feeling leaves is when you discover where you are meant to be, and that you know you can get there.
June 14th, 2016 12:25pm
You're feeling trapped because it's mind over matter. To be liberated and free you have to first put your mind in a way of thinking that is open to new and different things.
September 22nd, 2016 7:13pm
The feeling will leave when you realize that you and only you are in power. You are in charge of your emotions.
October 5th, 2016 1:47pm
Feeling trapped is perfectly normal, rather if it's a physical feeling of being trapped in a certain space or the feeling of being trapped in a phase or your life. Either way, feelings aren't permanent so it'll get better eventually! In the meantime I encourage you to talk to me in a private 1 on 1 chat to help you with this feeling. Best luck!
October 13th, 2016 3:40pm
As soon as you stop trapping the feeling it will flee from your mind and will leave you until you reach for it again.
April 21st, 2017 8:50pm
I've found that feeling trapped comes from having constant problems and conflicts around you. When you start working through them, either by solving them or simply cutting toxic things out of your life, you will feel more and more free of this trapped feeling. It may never truly go away, but by learning how to deal with the conflicts around you and cancelling them out, you'll feel a lot better. A key tip is to allow yourself time to work out all the problems; don't rush into anything!
April 23rd, 2017 7:10pm
The feeling of being trapped will minimize once you start taking action against it. You feel trapped because your life is not moving forward, not going in the direction you picture for yourself or in comparison with other people around you. Often times, people tend to trap themselves because they're too afraid or get used to the old ways or too lazy. About being trapped, it only takes dedication to change. But The only thing that will truly cure is if you take a step front to where you're happy. If it's too hard to do it alone, seek help from your friends and family or us 7 cupers. :)
April 11th, 2018 3:15pm
Feeling trapped can be an overwhelming, and often unbearable feeling - one that is conveyed by the word itself. Whether you feel trapped in your job, a relationship, or just in your emotions, it may seem like you will never again be "free" of the turmoil. But very often, it can take only one other person with a constructive, outside perspective to help you get through it. Think about it this way: how is an animal freed from its cage? Someone opens the door. This applies to people in regards to their mental and emotional well-being. Sometimes simply talking helps, and with the right support, one can find the solution to feeling "stuck". However, going back to the animal analogy, once a person has a taste of freedom, it's essential to know how to adapt to this new sensation, and essentially, new psychological environment, and not return to imprisonment. This happens with time, and becomes a smoother process when there are others willing to help guide you on your journey to feeling independent, and most importantly, happy.
June 7th, 2018 3:44am
It may seem hopeless at times, but everything gets better eventually. Just think of your hardships as tiny bumps in the road to success and happiness! You're not alone! Keep staying strong and live through it!
July 25th, 2018 10:42pm
The feeling of being trapped can take awhile to over come. I believe (and this is for me) it is mostly our attitudes we have within us and our situations in life. Yes I do understand some have it very rough and little to no support. But it is their attitude that keeps them moving forward in their daily lives. I hope this makes sense and good luck!
April 17th, 2020 11:30am
Isolation can be defined as a time bound step which let a person separate himself from other for a period of time. Loneliness describes the lack of social bonding, lack of friends, missing friends & family and other things where a person feels he have no one to share feelings and thoughts. Loneliness isn't for some limited time. A person can feel lonely for weeks, months, years, decades maybe he remains lonely for the whole lifetime. Isolation doesn't last for whole life. People isolate themselves for many purposes. For professional reasons, for family, for getting rid of stress people isolate them.
November 9th, 2015 2:51am
Once you find the reason you feel trapped that will answer all your questions! What is holding you back or holding you down and let it go or move on
October 2nd, 2016 7:00am
It takes awhile but dress up and put yourself out there . Work somewhere you enjoy and be around people who make you laugh
October 16th, 2016 2:10am
When you release the thing that is trapping you. Life isn't perfect and we can't expect to get joy out of every situation. Letting it go may hurt, but think about it. You're hurting keeping it.
October 22nd, 2016 7:55pm
Yes it will you just have to find things to bring you away from that feeling. Maybe writing or listening to music. Or simply talking it out with someone who you trust. I'll be happy to help you
October 23rd, 2016 2:51am
You think you might feel trapped for the rest of your life, because right now you don't see how your situation could ever change. But just try to think back of a previous struggle in your life that made you feel trapped at that time, but was resolved eventually. Whenever the feeling that your problems may never leave you comes to your mind, recall this previous experience, and remind yourself that this emotion might not reflect the actual reality.
October 23rd, 2016 4:54am
the feeling of being trapped will only leave you when you break free! no matter what the situation is, the only way its gonan change, is if you change.
October 28th, 2016 1:43am
From personal experience, I can tell you it will go away when you do something different in your daily routine. Maybe stop by the park and drink your coffee on your way to work rather than sitting on your couch!
November 10th, 2016 3:40am
Once you open up to the world around you! Get out there, be bold, and show the people who you truly can be! The flood gates are closed, but boy are they full, and ready to release.
November 11th, 2016 1:35pm
Yes, with time and hard work it will leave. But you must be willing to talk to people and seek help, here on 7 cups we are all here to support you and listen to you. We know you can get through this and we're always here for you.
November 19th, 2016 11:22pm
Feeling trapped is a very difficult feeling, you feel as if you can nothing, but in reality you can do anything. It's up to you garner the strength hidden inside yourself to break out of the state you're stuck in. Now this won't happen overnight, like any big project it takes planning and preparation. Maybe you'll hang out with some friends to remind yourself that there's good in this world, maybe it's walking the dog and sitting outside in nature. Whatever it is that helps you feel better, also empowers it. It is things like this bolster that inner strength. When this strength reaches a certain level, you realize you're no longer stuck, that you feel free.
December 17th, 2016 5:40am
It's not easy to not feel trapped. It comes with the worst anxioussness and it's also self-sabotage cycle. I feel like I'm stuck in social norms and in my bad behavioural patterns all the time. I think the best way is to first accpet it and with timer we have a different outlook on things, we may begin to change.