Feeling hopeless is natural if you are going through pain or struggle. Add to that the isolation many of us are experiencing as we deal with the social distancing necessary during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and it’s understandable to feel like you are losing hope.
But there is always hope, and there are things you can do when you’re feeling hopeless that may lift your spirits. Here are some simple steps I take to ensure I hold on to my sense of hope during a trying time.
How to Feel Less Hopeless
Find Simple Pleasures
Reconnecting with simple pleasures is a great way to feel more hopeful in the present moment. Reading a book with a story of hope, listening to an uplifting song, or eating your favorite nourishing meal can all bring comfort. When I am doing something that brings me comfort, it can help me have a brighter outlook, one day at a time. Lately, I have found that stepping outside into my backyard or driveway to get some fresh air is a simple ritual I can still look forward to during these uncertain days.
Search for Good News
Even though there is plenty of frightening news in the world, there’s also plenty of good news. People all over are stepping up to help one another: friends, neighbors, and strangers. If you want to feel hopeful, spend a bit of time each day searching for stories of good news to bolster you. Remember that there are always people working to help, working to build people up, and working to restore our hope.
Lean on Faith and Prayer
Leaning on faith and prayer is helpful anytime, but especially when I’m feeling hopeless. The Psalms are full of proof that we can cry out to God, no matter how we are feeling, and that God always cares about our hearts. If you don’t know what to say when you pray, try reading a psalm out loud that reflects how you feel. I have faith that you will feel a greater sense of hope and peace when you turn to faith during this difficult time.
One of the most effective ways my hope is restored is when I talk with people whose outlook encourages me. Whether it’s family, friends, or someone I work with, there are many people in my life who inspire me to be hopeful on a regular basis.
When it feels like things are hopeless, reach out for help. Call a friend or family member.
Do a video chat so you can see them face to face. Ask what’s going on with them, how you can be there for them, and what they’re doing to stay hopeful. You’ll likely learn a lot, and bring a smile to someone’s face along the way.
If you’ve tried everything and still feel hopeless, don’t despair. TheHopeLine can help. Talk to a HopeCoach today about what you can do to feel more hopeful, and simple steps you can take to lift your spirits.
Our HopeCoaches offer email and chat mentoring so you can find support while you stay safe at home. We are here for you, and we will get through this together.