HANG IN THERE?
Thinking of throwing in the towel? Here’s how to make the right decision:
Be honest “Ask yourself if you’re really giving up on something because you want to begin a new stage in your life, or if it’s more about running away from a difficult situation that should be faced,” advises Dr Tara Wyne of The LightHouse Arabia. “Knowing yourself is key.”
Keep a diary Record both the good and the bad aspects of a situation over a period of time before you make a final decision. It helps keep things in perspective by providing an accurate in-the-moment account of what’s happening.
Weigh it up “Do a happiness percentage check. If you feel unhappy for more than 70 per cent of the time – and you can’t see a way to rectify the situation – it’s fairly obvious things have to change,” says psychotherapist Dr Andrew Reeves.
Plan your move Don’t quit in the heat of the moment – take your time to ensure that you have a clear and realistic strategy for moving forward. It will help immeasurably to have a structured plan in place, especially during wobbly moments.
Be positive A study carried out by Northwestern University in Chicago found that changing your mindset from focusing on what you might lose to what you might gain through walking away is extremely motivating, and makes the process seem far more manageable.