When you feel like giving up hope, hang in there. My husband was laid off in February 2016, by August it was apparent that things were not improving in the oil and gas industry. It was a bleak time for hundreds of my husband’s friends and thousands in the coastal area. We were thankful, but not happy that we had to cash in his 401K to pay bills and living expenses. Our house will be paid off in 2022, so this was not the 5-year plan. I was working and helping by paying the utility bills and groceries, by August 2017 I was scared. Everything inside of me felt like giving up and giving in to the negative thoughts.
There is a saying, “It is always darkest before dawn” and I told my husband it’s got to be 5:45am. I had to work real hard to shake the feelings and was thankful for friends who said, “Don’t give up”. To those of you who are looking for a job, trying to lose weight, or facing any of life’s challenges; don’t give up.
Feel like giving up
I can’t promise what your outcome can be, because we are all different. I heard someone say, “What does giving up even look like?” Happy to report that my husband is now employed as of November 2017. It was a long road of sending out resumes, talking to people, and watching our spending. Here are some tips when you feel like giving up hope.
- Start each day with positive affirmations or your favorite Bible scriptures (I’d love to share mine with you, contact me)
- Create a calendar of things to do – this will include routines and working towards your goal
- Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, go outside for sunshine and fresh air, put on dance music
- Have an accountability partner: spouse, partner, friend, or relative that you trust
- End the day by writing in your journal the positive things that happened during the day and things you can do different the next day
As a professional organizer I have heard my clients say, “I give up, I’ll never be organized”. It makes me happy to encourage them with tips when they feel like giving up. My goal is for them to be uncluttered in all areas of their life, to find their joy and purpose in life.
If you are really struggling with giving up, reach out for help to a professional. You are not alone. This article is written for those who are temporarily discouraged at their job or life situation.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Consultant, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.