DBT: Don't Believe Everything You Think
The urge to quit doesn't mean I have to quit.
If you're feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and want to quit, you still have a choice. Instead of being at the mercy of the urge and automatically giving in to it (or even thinking that you have to), you can take your control back.
See the urge for what it is: an urge. Remember that you are the one noticing your experience. You are not your experience!
Describe your experience. You can do that in this way:
"The urge to quit has arisen within me. I am noticing it."
At this point, you have a choice to either give in to the urge or to take steps to get stronger on your path to wellness by choosing ways to cope with the urge. You might distract with other activities or soothe yourself through your senses until the urge passes -- and it always does.
Sometimes you just have to give yourself a day before taking action. There have been many times that I've wanted to quit minor and major things in my life. When I began to say, "Okay, I don't have to do anything right now -- I can put this off and see how I feel tomorrow" -- that's when I really began to notice and believe that urges pass. This has saved me from sabotaging and destroying many good things in my life.
Give it a try!
Thanks for reading.
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