Are you feeling bleak, de-motivated, or need some encouragement? Don’t give up. You are still a champion no matter what the recent happenings may have been.
It is perfectly normal to feel discouraged, especially when things are not going the way we want them to. But it is also very important you reaffirm to yourself that you can make it. You need to practice self-care, connect with encouraging people, and appreciate yourself.
Discouragements come from any aspect of life–business, academics, family, relationships, career, and so on. While it could be very challenging, giving up should never be an option because you are capable of rising back to your peak strength and motivation. Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up.
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10 Tips to Encourage Yourself When You Feel Like Giving Up
Many a time, we just need someone to encourage us and tell us that it is going to be okay. The only problem is we are not always going to find someone to motivate us.
Sometimes, people are so carried away that they are not vigilant about other people that need to be encouraged. These are the times when you need to stand up for yourself and encourage yourself, but this is not so easy to do. Here are some tips to encourage yourself when you feel like giving up.
1. First, prevent serious discouragement
If you are already feeling seriously discouraged, this tip will be useful for other times. The first thing to do is to avoid getting seriously discouraged to the point when everything feels like it’s crumbling on itself.
It’s easier to avoid getting seriously discouraged than to rise above discouragement, and avoiding discouragement can be summarized in one word, “Self-care“. Take care of yourself, avoid prolonged hunger, rest when you are stressed or tired, always stay positive, and choose to remain happy at all times.
2. Distance yourself from known triggers
If you are feeling discouraged and you feel like giving up, this is not the time to battle with the same activity that is making you feel despondent about life. For example, when you feel like you are comprehending an academic book you are reading, this is not the time to continue struggling with it. Take some time away from it and return to it when you have recovered. You can take up less difficult tasks at such times, or reminisce on what you can do better.
3. Get some fun
Every time and every day, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Everyone knows Jack is a smart kid but because he doesn’t get some fun, he has become worn-out and unable to perform at his best. Don’t be like Jack. Get some fun sometimes.
And if you are already feeling discouraged, this is the time to go do something else that makes you happy. Be with your family, your kids, and your partner, go see a movie, or play computer games. This can help recharge your productivity batteries once more.
4. Keep looking forward
When you feel like giving up, think about the future and the great stories of successful people who have gone before you. You have heard many people talk about how they felt like giving up but picked up themselves to become some of the most successful people in the world today. Think about that! Think about how you would tell your own story someday too.
5. Accept that it is temporary and is a stepping stone
It is always important to remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Things are not going to remain the way they are now. This is only a temporary phase, and it’s only when you don’t see it as the end of the world that you would see that there is a way out of every problem.
Every challenge is a stepping stone to the next level. You need to accept and realize that. And once you do, you will feel a lot more encouraged than ever.
6. Acknowledge your previous wins
Appreciate your small wins, that gives you the strength to push for more. It reminds that you if you could, you can do it again and nothing can stop you.
7. Think about your dreams
One sure way to encourage yourself when you feel like giving up is to reflect on your dreams. Many people give up because they forgot the dreams they had. Life has a funny way of making you lose focus and forget your big plans but you need to constantly remind yourself about your dreams. This will make you encouraged and motivated once again.
8. Remember your hobbies
When you are feeling demotivated about something you are doing, it could be a sign that you are getting mentally drained and exhausted. The best thing to do at such times is to get some relaxation.
Hobbies are one way to relax and still develop yourself. If you love writing or painting, you can turn to such activities as a way to relax and recharge while still developing your power of imagination. Different people have different hobbies. Turn to yours when you need to.
9. Motivate yourself with your words
There is power in what you say. You motivate other people with your words when you say things like “You can do it”, “Go, girl!”, “I believe in you”. Now it’s time to say the same things to yourself. Affirm to yourself that you are capable of doing this and that you believe in yourself. ensure you say it out loudly and see how powerful your words really are.
10. Take a break
You are feeling discouraged because your efforts are not yielding the desired results and your energy store is depleting. When you take a break from every activity, maybe go on a vacation, get some sleep by yourself, or just take out some time without doing anything related to work and/or academics, and others, your energy store will begin to refill. You will realize that when you resume, you will be more efficient and productive. This will give you more encouragement to continue.
It is possible to encourage yourself when others are not there to motivate you. These ten tips will help you recover your lost energy and motivation. You should always know that there are people who are rooting for you, some you may know, and some you may not know anything about. They want you to succeed because your success will be a motivation to them. So, don’t give up. Always keep fighting.
I am a medical doctor, a seasoned writer and passionate blogger. Thanks to many years of trials, failure, and near successes. I am the founder of Knowseeker and our content are geared towards enlightening and making you a better and happier audience.