By African American Books Writer Denise Turney
Quitting can seem like the only solution to pain and discomfort. Yet, Quitting takes the mystery out of life. It also removes the chance to see what you’d do with this physical journey if you trusted your own guidance a bit more, if you kept going. But, trauma, persistent challenge and dreams deferred can sap your energy, leave you feeling flat and ready to quit now.
Even so, don’t quit.
Alternatives To Quitting
After all, when you feel like quitting, there are options. Here are a few options that you could consider when you feel like quitting:
- Reach out to a friend or relative, someone who have proven herself or himself to be trustworthy time and again.
- Examine your expectations. In honesty, ask yourself if your expectations are unrealistic or even a way to set yourself up for disappointment.
- When you feel like quitting remember why you started. For instance, you could start the day by telling yourself why you started pursuing a specific dream or goal. But, don’t just remind yourself why you started if you feel like you want to quit now. Recall your earliest memories, adding loads of color, sound and scent, regarding what you truly want.
- As simple as this sounds, take a break if you feel like you want to quit now. This quitting could be the desire to abandon a goal or dream. Just take a break and see you don’t feel refreshed.
More Quitting Alternatives
- Also, get outside and enjoy a walk in nature. In fact, if you often feel like quitting, taking a daily walk outdoors could prove to be an effective daily practice.
- Meditate to still your thoughts and enter periods of restfulness.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables.
- When you feel like quitting, create three to four daily activities that easily cause you to feel peace, joy and loved. This might come through listening to music that you love, enjoying a warm, scented bubble bath, journaling, reading enjoyable books or dining at a sidewalk cafe with a good friend at least once a week.
- Traveling to new cities and countries might also serve as inspiration.
- Above all, continue your inner journey. It’s an endless, limitless journey.
When You Feel Like Quitting
As a reminder, when you feel like quitting remember why you started. And, believe in the light inside of you. Keep going because you really don’t know what’s around the corner, especially if you open to good change, especially if you’re willing to take good chances.
Seek professional help if self care practices like meditation, thought awareness, outdoor exercise and connecting with family and friends doesn’t find you shifting upward. Don’t let yourself get too far adrift as it regards quitting before you take action.
Shifting Instead of Quitting
In fact, seek help from people, books and your Higher Self when you want to quit now. It takes him a long time. But, Raymond Clarke learns this unfortunate lesson in the book, Love Pour Over Me.
Reading Raymond’s fictional story might help you to see that you are not alone. In fact, help is always available. Even more, help is right inside of you. Turn to that help.
And, if that doesn’t yield good results, reach out. Here are telephone numbers for mental health support. To begin, there’s the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline (800) 662-4357. Additionally, there’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 and Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255.
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