holding my self

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If I tried to do something and it was very hard for me, could I say "I was holding my self not to do it"?

For example, I'm very tired and I'm holding myself to stay awake, or I'm holding my self not to fall asleep.

Thank you
  • la grive solitaire

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    United States, English
    No, holding myself wouldn't work. The only equivalent I can think of at the moment is, I'm pinching myself to stay awake/not to fall asleep.
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