When You Are Struggling: What to Do When You Are Losing Hope

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The last few years haven’t been easy. People around the world faced challenges they never anticipated. From financial troubles to unemployment to sickness to the loss of loved ones, everyone experienced some sort of struggle. So, it’s not surprising if you feel a bit dejected and hopeless about the future.

These feelings of hopelessness can be alarming and overwhelming. You might find yourself wondering what the point of everything is. The future may seem grim, and the thought of continuing on sounds impossible. After such a troubling few years, what could keep you moving forward?

It’s hard to remain hopeful when things are tough. But despite all the difficulties that life throws at you, there are still beautiful things in the world. Here are some ideas for what to do when you are losing hope.

Remember that nothing is permanent

“This too shall pass” is a helpful phrase to hold onto when you are losing hope. It applies to everything in life, both positive and negative experiences. Life is transient, and no experience or circumstance sticks around permanently. If you’re in a period that feels impossible to navigate, try to remember that nothing lasts forever. You will make it out of the valley and back onto a peak.

Outline a few things you want from your life

One of the best things to do when you are losing hope is to get intentional about your life. If things feel hopeless or impossible, take some time to write down a few things you want from life. Maybe you want to apply for your dream job, find a partner, start a family, or finally pursue that hobby you put on the back burner for years. Although nothing is guaranteed, having a few plans and goals can give you a reason to continue moving forward.

Take time to do the things you enjoy

What do you like to do? Do you enjoy going for walks or runs? Do you like reading books or making crafts? What about watching sports or playing cards? Maybe you enjoy spending time with friends or family or traveling and seeing new things. It’s easy to let these things fall by the wayside when dealing with a lot of stress. Take some time to do the things you enjoy when you are losing hope because they are what make life worth living.

Lean into your loved ones for support

It’s tempting to isolate yourself from friends and family when you are losing hope, but this is the worst thing you can do. You may feel like you need to handle your problems alone, especially if you learned to do this from a young age. However, the best thing to do when you are losing hope is to lean into your loved ones for support. Let them know that you’re having a hard time so they can surround you and hold you up.

Consider seeking mental health treatment

Sometimes you cannot overcome your troubling thoughts on your own and need some outside help. If you’re losing hope and unable to get out of it, it may be time to consider seeking mental health treatment. Mental health treatment facilities, such as Pasadena Villa, offer structure and support for those struggling with mental health. We’re here to help you and ensure you never need to feel alone again. Call us today at 407-574-5190 to find the right program for you.


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