When all hope is gone, don’t give up.
When something difficult happens, it is easy to curl up and wait for it to pass. But, doing so can diminish your hope and cause you to fall off track from where you are and where you were going. How can you avoid losing hope during difficult times? Following are 5 tips to help you keep the trust that everything is going to work out.
1. Have A Proven Strategy To Get Through It
Put some proven strategies in place to help you get through difficult times. For instance, have a strategy to stay as positive as possible at work when you are having a hard time there. Or, have a strategy put in place to earn more money in case your finances turn upside down. If you look around for strategies that have worked to help others during difficult times, you will find them. Copy them, keep them in a folder, and use them when you need to.
Sometimes difficult times come as a shock and you are not prepared for them in any way. This is the time to reach out to others quickly. The Internet can connect you with someone who has a solution, so if you don’t have a strategy in place, it is time to reach out and find one.
2. Talk It Out With Positive People
You may have to surround yourself with friends and family who are not very positive during difficult times, and doing so can bring you down even further and cause you to lose all hope. That is why it is important to have positive people who you can turn to, talk with, and get new perspectives on the situation from.
If you don’t have anyone like that in your life, seek them out. Seek out support groups, offline and online. Seek out therapists in your area that are trained to help others work through problems and see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you look in the right places, you will find the right people.
3. Read Inspirational Stories
Many people who have faced difficult times and made it through have also written a story about it. They include the before, during, and after in their story, and will give you hope that you are also going to make it through. Not sure where to start? Chicken Soup for the Soul offers a number of inspirational stories for many difficult times in life.
4. Remember That Difficult Times Promote Personal Growth
The times in the life that are the most difficult are also the items that promote the most personal growth. That growth is essential to your happiness in the long run because it allows you to gain perspective on situations and overcome future obstacles much easier. Therefore, face difficult times with the belief that you are going to grow through them, not just get through them, and your hope will stay intact.
5. Take It Moment By Moment
When you worry about what may happen, your imagination can literally destroy your hope. For instance, if you lose a job and start to worry about your bills, food, and overall financial future, a million scenarios will play out in your mind that don’t look good. You will start to lose hope for the stability of your future, and that will impact what you do in the moment. Alternatively, if you take it moment by moment, you will do what you can to make the most out of the situation and fix it, which will help you keep your hope intact.