Wednesday, February 1, 2023

How To Find Hope When It Seems In Short Supply

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Hope is a vital aspect of life and helps us see beyond difficult times and find joy and comfort in the future - often this can be very healthy even when times are objectively tough. 

However, sometimes it can be challenging to find hope, especially in difficult times. After all, the start of this decade gave everyone a healthy dose of worry, but financial stress, or personal loss can also be issues we find in our personal lives.

When it seems like hope is in short supply, it's important to remember that it's still possible to find and maintain hope, no matter what the circumstances. It might be that taking some time to gather hope and a positive outlook is worth doing, because sometimes it’s hard to find automatically.

In this post, we'll explore different ways to find hope when it seems to be in short supply.

Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is a simple and effective way to find hope in difficult times. When you focus on what you're grateful for, it's easier to see the good in life, even amidst hardship. Start by writing down three things you're grateful for each day, and try to expand the list as you continue the practice. Focusing on gratitude can help you appreciate the present moment and find joy in life, even in the midst of difficult times. Moreover, it will help you avoid catastrophizing, because when you see all the fortune you might have clearly, you’ll be less likely to ignore it.

Don’t Be Afraid To Connect With & Lean On Others

Surrounding yourself with supportive friends and family can provide a sense of comfort and help you see the world from a different perspective. Joining a support group or volunteering in your community can also help you connect with others and find hope in shared experiences. Building meaningful relationships and connecting with others can provide a source of strength and support when you need it most. Even if it’s just a coffee at your local cafe, or a comforting word of support, being able to trust those who care for you can be worthwhile.

Find Content That Inspires You

Finding content that inspires you can also help you find hope when it seems to be in short supply. Inspirational books, podcasts, movies, music, and art can provide a source of comfort and encouragement, reminding you that you're not alone in your struggles, as you can see with this Break Every Chain movie. Seek out content that resonates with you and your values, and try to consume it regularly or at least substitute it for the harsh news headlines or other dour content you might usually have access to. Sometimes this can really have an effect on our wellbeing, and cleaning up your media exposure helps.

With this advice, we hope you can find hope even when it seems to be in short supply. In the long run, being able to fall back into this nurturing approach will help you thrive.

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