What To Do when You're Feeling Trapped?

This is my Sophia Trapped drawing. It's about how hopelessly trapped we can feel. But Sophia escapes and finds her new life of liberation!

sophia trapped print by nakedpastor david hayward

Life can be really tough sometimes and it can feel like there is no way out. It might seem like there's no escape when you're unhappy at work, in a bad relationship, or facing other difficult situations.

These strong emotions can make it hard to move forward.

I want to acknowledge just how painful these emotions can be.

However, you can escape this.

If you’re feeling trapped in a dark place, try your best not to panic.

Try these three steps:

  1. Pause
  2. Ask yourself where you want to go from here.
  3. When you’re ready, calmly take the first step no matter how small it is.

And remember that we’re all in this together right now.


"Where Do We Go from Here" is one of my paintings about taking a moment to breathe when things seem hopeless. It’s about pausing to accept and assess where you are so you can calmly begin to plan a way forward. Perhaps we can take comfort in the sage advice that sometimes all we need to do is take the next step.

Who knows what will open up before us when we do?

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