Trying is not always productive. Not trying does not mean doing nothing. It means accepting your situation, not going along with it, but not rebelling against it. If it's ugly, jumping off a cliff might be worse.
If possible and if at all tolerable, appreciating what you have without a hidden agenda can lead to a solution. This spirit of being thankful might lead to a spark of life within which lies a piece of the answer. If you're always trying and straining, things can't happen. Perhaps real answers come from this appreciation no matter how small.