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Are you feeling hopeless? Open this.

Your brain might tell you that things are:

- awful

- horrible

- dreadful

But just because you think it doesn’t mean it’s true.

Your thoughts may be:

- distorted

- inaccurate-

downright wrong

Here are 7 tips to regain hope and stop feeling hopeless.

1. Build a support network.

Having someone to talk with or ask for help can help you feel less lonely and more hopeful.

Try to reach out to friends and family members if this is possible. You may also want to create new bonds.

2. Remind yourself how many times life has changed for the better.

Life is filled with ups and downs, and there’s a good chance you’ve already overcome hardships in the past.

Research shows looking back on past success can increase your hope for the future.

3. Identifying the next steps can help.

Come up with a way to solve the problem.

Find coping skills to address the feelings, and put a plan in place to implement new changes and how to maintain these changes.

4. Consider finding strength in spirituality.

Spirituality is a sense of connection to something bigger than yourself.

Even if you can’t connect with the concept of a god, you could explore other concepts like a higher power, laws of nature, or an inner hero.

5. Try Mindfulness Meditation.

Mindfulness meditation can reduce the severity of several mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and stress.

Try spending 10 to 15 minutes a day practicing mindfulness meditation at home.

6. Avoid Making Major Decisions.

Feeling hopeless makes you more likely to think short-term and make subpar decisions for your future.

Because of this, it’s better to avoid making major decisions - such as getting married, moving to a new city, or changing jobs.

7. Focus on Making Consistent Daily Progress.

When you’re feeling hopeless or dejected, it can be easy to lose track of the personal progress you’re making daily.

Instead of aiming to recover overnight, focus on making a small amount of progress every day.

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