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Feel Like Giving Up? Hold on a Little Longer

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by Aileen
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Don't quit

This morning, I woke up and asked myself “Is this worth all the stress?” I would have answered “yes” a few months back, but today, I’m not too sure.

For the past weeks, I’ve struggled to keep myself together as I try to hit my goals. It turns out, it wasn’t easy. As I am too proud to admit that I’m struggling, I couldn’t even find the courage to open up to anyone [I should be asking help from] about it.

So, this is how it’s like, huh? To feel like giving up but not wanting to accept that you’ve failed and not knowing what to do next. One thing I’m sure of, however, is there are others like me who are going through a rough patch.

If you’re feeling the same way, I’d like to share with you the things I plan to do to get out of this blues. We may not know each other but there’s comfort in knowing that someone’s sharing the struggle with you .That’s half the battle won.

1. Write

Writing your thoughts down makes it easier to see things in a better perspective. It stops you from focusing only on a small part of the problem and lets you see the bigger picture.

2. Workout

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a chemical that reduces pain perception and “triggers a positive feeling in the body.”

It’s been months since I last hit the road and I think it’s about time that I start running again. For me, it’s the best ways to clear your head and spend quality time with yourself.

One thing I realized over the past months was to never sacrifice your “me time” for anything.  Life will always be busy but we should never use that as an excuse to skip a good workout.

3. Listen to or Create a Happy Playlist

The easiest way to inspire and motivate yourself is to listen to songs that will get you moving. Thank heavens for Spotify! If you’re too lazy to create your own playlist, you can just search for one that suits you.

4. Surround Yourself with Positive People

I’d like to think of myself as a generally positive person. However, I couldn’t seem to catch a break from my problems that all I can do [for now] is rant about them.

When problems keep on piling up, you can’t help but be negative toward life. Most of the time, you don’t even notice that you’re slowly becoming a toxic person. Don’t let your negativity push your sunshine away. Hang out with positive people and bask on their good vibes. The more you spend time with them, the less negative you will be.

The challenge is finding —the right— people to hang out with.

5. Take a Step Back and Re-evaluate Your Goals and Plans

With a clearer head and a more positive outlook, we’ll find it easier to re-evaluate our goals and action plans. We may be looking at things the wrong way or focusing on the wrong things.

It’s okay to wallow when you’re down in the dumps but don’t take too long in getting back up on your feet. Life is full of challenges and it’s not going to change just because one day, we’ve decided we’ve had enough.  I’m not saying this list can turn your life around instantly, but giving it a try and doing something is a lot better than doing nothing.

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