Ups and downs are a part of life. If there have been more downs than ups lately, maybe it's time to reassess what you're doing.
If you're constantly miserable, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should look at HOW you look at the situation.
If you don't feel like you belong, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should ask yourself, "What will it take for me to feel like I DO belong?"
If you don't know what you're supposed to do with your life, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should ask yourself, "What am I most afraid of? Why am I most of afraid of this? What is the worst that can happen from the thing that I'm most afraid of? What would I do if the worst that could happen, happened?"
If you're stuck in a job you hate, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should ask yourself, "What can I do that would make this job fun again?"
If you're under constant stress, pressure and overwhelm, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should make room for more stress reducing activities (like walking or meditation) and be much intentional with your thoughts, organized with your time, and deliberate with your actions.
If you're tired and feel like you cannot go on anymore, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should just take a break for a few weeks, get some sleep, read some books, unplug, go outside, and be one-hundred percent present with some loved ones and see what happens after your break.
If you have fear, self-doubt, and a lack of knowledge or confidence, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should square your shoulders, take a deep breath and tell yourself, "I'm here to do the best I can with what I have. My intentions are good and I am not perfect, so my actions will also be good, not perfect. Like every single other brave soul who dares to begin, I will learn how to do things better along the way."
If you think everyone else has it better than you, maybe you SHOULD quit... or maybe you should focus on what you DO HAVE instead of what you feel you DO NOT HAVE.
Quitting isn't easy for some of us, and for others it is the first thing they do when they meet Resistance. Both present their own challenges.
Meeting these challenges from a place of confident (and often objective) analysis instead of what can often seem like the crushing weight of your feelings is easier when you have exhausted all avenues... the rub is, these avenues can be hard to consider when you feel exhausted.
What to do?
Pause. You don't have to figure everything out today.
Talk. Have a coffee or a tea with people who care about you and have zero emotional investment in the aspects or issues that are troubling you (this will give them perspective you might not have).
Practice. You're going to make mistakes... we call this learning. Learning is good and most of your "mistakes" won't mean anything a few years down the road; they might even create the breakthrough necessary for your success.
The easiest thing to do is to paint yourself as a victim. You must avoid this at all costs if you are to be successful. If you do not avoid the role of the victim, this mindset simply follows you wherever you go... and you will always be conflicted, feel oppressed and never have enough no matter where you go or what you do.
The best way to know what to do is to know what you value.
What do you value? Does what you value exist where you are troubled? If so, it's a systems problem. If not, you're either in the wrong spot or don't have all the information.
Dig deeper before you quit.