Finding Hope

When we as humans experience defeat or find ourselves in situations that we have no control, we may find that we’ve fallen into a state of apathy or hopelessness. It can be puzzling for those around us. Why wouldn’t we just find a job, make friends, or eat healthier. When we don’t have hope, we have no energy or motivation to change our situation. We begin to have thoughts like “Why bother?” and “It won’t make a difference anyway.” Following are some reminders that could help us begin to regain a sense of hope.

Find a clear path. If you don’t logically see how what you are doing can have a positive result, then carrying out the plan will likely be difficult. Write down each step that you need to take to get where you want to be.
Look for role models who have found solutions. There are many, many people who have overcome tremendous adversity.  Reading their stories and surrounding yourself with supportive messages and people can help you build hope.
Perform an act of kindness. Doing acts of kindness can have a dramatic effect on your mood and outlook. Kindness triggers the release of serotonin, so it has an anti-depressant effect. It also calms stress and helps reduce pain.
Turn to your faith. Your faith can be a strong ally in holding on to hope. If you are questioning your beliefs, then talk with someone in your faith whom you respect. Others have encountered difficult times, and they will understand. Voicing your questions is a step toward resolving your confusion and also a step toward hope.