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What to do when you want to quit life
Do you ever wake up with no motivation to get through the day? This can help. - photo by Alyssa White
A lack of motivation is really difficult to overcome. Some days I just want to go back to bed and quit everything. But this is what I have found to help me get through those bleak and hopeless moments:

1. Pray

Whenever I want to give up on life and slink back into bed to have a pity party, I make myself get on my knees and pray. I have found this quote by Abraham Lincoln to be true:

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.

And this one by religious leader Gordon B. Hinckley:

If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.

In prayer I ask for the motivation to accomplish the things I need to do. I pray for hope and faith in Gods plan. I pray for peace. I tell God how Im feeling and ask Him for help, not only to get through the day, but to enjoy it.

Hard things dont automatically disappear after praying. I still have to do the things I dont want to do. But prayer gives me a quiet peace and power. And somehow, I get through the day.

2. Talk to someone

Yes, no one else understands exactly what youre going through. And yes, no one can make everything better. But youre wrong when you think that nobody cares.

They do. Parents. Siblings. Children. Friends. They care.

Honestly, I never want to talk to someone else when I hate life and want to give up on everything. Usually its the last thing that I want to do. But most times (after I pray for help) someone calls or texts me anyway. And if not, I just text a friend or call my parents. Sometimes I dont talk about the hard day Im having. Sometimes I do. But those conversations ALWAYS make me feel better.

I believe God designed relationships as a give-and-take balancing effort. We support our loved ones through hard times, and theyll be there for us too. Dont be afraid to receive help and love when you need it. That is what relationships are for.

3. Count your blessings

Instead of filling your mind with how much crappier and lamer your life could get, think instead about what you love in your life. What are you grateful for? For me that list usually includes sunshine, chocolate oranges, chocolate-covered strawberries, and chocolate-extreme blizzards at Dairy Queen. Oh yeah, and family, friends, Gods tender mercies, health, nature and my faith.

When I actually sit down and write what Im grateful for, I can fill pages. Even on the worst of days, I have SO much to be happy and thankful for. Life is wonderful and God is good. I forget that a lot.

Some days are extremely challenging. I hate those days. But these three things have gotten me through the worst of the worst. Pray. Talk to someone. And count your blessings. Bad days come to an end; but you can always do something to make your day better.
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