When Nothing Seems To Matter Anymore, Take A Break

When Nothing Seems To Matter Anymore, Take A Break

Because doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result is a sign of insanity.

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It's normal to fall into a bit of a slump around this time of the semester. It's normal to feel a little unmotivated, a little lost, stressed, panicked. For that normal slump, you take a break, take a deep breath and plunge ahead until you finish. Sure it's still hard but you know you're strong enough to keep going. Or at least you have people in your life who can remind you you're strong enough to keep going.

But what if your "normal" slump isn't normal? What if you simply don't care anymore? What if, no matter how many breaks you take you can't seem to plunge ahead? What if you just can't shake that feeling that, despite what everyone keeps telling you, maybe everything won't be okay? When things feel this bad, it might be worthwhile to consider taking a break from it all.

We all have this plan in our heads about how our life will go. We'll go to college, finish in four years, we'll get a great job, maybe have a family. But stuff happens that can completely throw us off track. And when you feel that far gone, sometimes it's worth taking a second to get your barring's straight.

Don't get me wrong, life isn't fun all the time. It is supposed to be a little hard and a little stressful. It's good to challenge yourself and push yourself and it's necessary to do so if you really want to get the most out if life. But you shouldn't be struggling. You shouldn't lose interest in everything you used to enjoy and you shouldn't feel like your world is crumbling around you. Pain like that is your wakeup call that something is wrong and something needs to change.

If you're in college, maybe that means changing your major or taking time off or studying abroad or getting some mental health help. If you're out of school or haven't been to school, maybe that means going to school or changing jobs or moving or, again, getting some mental health help. Whatever that means for you, do it. I can't guarantee people will agree with you but I can guarantee that doing what's best for you will help you in the long run. You can still be receptive to advice to make sure you're making a good decision but in the end, you know what's best for you. As Kacey Musgraves put it, "Follow your arrow wherever it points."

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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It’s 2019, Joking About Mental Illness And Suicide Is Canceled

Mental illness is not something that should be tampered with or taken carelessly.

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We are in a time where personal, social and global change has caused people to become more anxious, afraid and hopeless than ever before. This also means that mental illnesses have increased drastically and are also the leading cause for suicide in the world.

Due to the growing awareness of mental illnesses, more people know about it and are being more careful about how they treat people that show symptoms of having it. This also helps people become confident enough to come out and tell their stories. To share their experiences with their mental illnesses and what they've been battling.

But there are some who actually use these mental illnesses to manipulate, threaten, and deceive people who love them, and this is very wrong. I have had personal experiences where I have been on the receiving end of being with a person who manipulated me by threatening to commit suicide, and I would like to personally testify and say that it was not an easy experience. Being constantly on your toes because you're unsure if it was going to be the final day you see your loved one because they kept threatening to kill themselves if things do not go their way is something a person does not want to experience. That kind of manipulation is not something to be proud of. If you fall under this category and you are fond of doing this, it would lead to the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and that is not something a person wants to experience in their life

Mental illness is no joke and it shouldn't be something to be taken carelessly.

I get that there are some days where the feelings might be actually unbearable, and you really feel like you cannot take it anymore, but that is different. Using it to actually manipulate a person who cares about you to do what you want is actually very wrong, and if you do not want to end up alone please stop it.

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