We’ve surely felt like giving up. Sometimes it happens very frequent, other times it feels really great until it comes back to us again.
Having a body with 100 trillion cells of which 100 billion are nerve cells, it can be pretty complicated, but what the body needs sometimes is quite simple.
If you feel like giving up, the following questions can be used as a private therapist.
1. Are you hydrated?
If not, have a glass of water.
2. Have you eaten in the past three hours?
If not, get some food. Eat something with protein, not just simple carbs. Maybe some nuts or hummus?
3. Have you showered in the past day?
If not, take a shower right now.
4. Have you stretched your legs in the past day?
If not, do so right now. If you don’t have the energy for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please. If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.
5. Have you said something nice to someone in the past day?
Do so, whenever online or in person. Make it genuine. Wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.
6. Have you moved your body to music in the past day?
If not, jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite tempo, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.
7. Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days?
If not, do so. Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets. Most of the pets will enjoy the cuddles too.
8. Have you seen a therapist in the past few days?
I would say your best friend, but if you’re not able to, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk about your feelings and situation.
9. Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in the generic prescription brand?
That may be screwing with your head. Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.
10. If daytime: are you dressed?
If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas. Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.
11. If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep?
Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in the bed and close your eyes for fifteen minutes – no electronic screens allowed. If you’re still awake after that, get up again; no pressure.
12. Do you feel ineffective?
Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip. Good job!
13. Do you feel unattractive?
The best attraction is good energy! Finding your positivity inside, will make you beautiful like no other external beauty.
14. Do you feel paralyzed by indecisions?
Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day. If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable. Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.
15. Have you over-exerted yourself lately – physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually?
That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment. Avoid burnouts!
16. Have you waited a week?
Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause. It happens. Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.
They say death got to be easy because life is hard. Knowing that life alone is hard is enough motivation to keep us going. Our bodies are made perfectly to endure adversity, but we have to convince that “thing” in our heads.
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