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5 Tips To Find Hope In A Difficult Situation

5 Tips To Find Hope In A Difficult Situation

With the holiday season upon us, we are often encouraged to count our blessings, express gratitude, and be full of joy.  There is so much pressure to do for others which can lead to emotional and financial stress. For many people, the holidays are a really difficult and lonely time and it’s hard to get excited about the upcoming year.

Not meeting your goal or getting something you’ve been working towards can be really defeating. Feeling like what’s the use is a sure way to lose hope to keep working at your dreams.

It is often a time where family and interpersonal relationships become strained and boundaries need to be set. It can also be a time where everyone else’s life seems so much better. Comparing situations, feeling resentful, or feeling disconnected from loved ones are reasons for many to lose hope.

Struggling during the holidays

It can be so isolating and it often becomes a time of year to reflect on your life and what changes and goals you want to make for the new year.  Without hope, it may be hard to see the possibilities and positive opportunities that are present.

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When you are faced with a challenging situation in life, it can be difficult to sustain hope and a positive outlook. Hope is so underestimated in life, yet it’s so necessary in order to combat stress, push through grief, and follow personal dreams.  So when the going gets tough, finding even a glimmer of hope can renew your persevering spirit!

Why hope is so necessary

Hope unites us as humans during natural disasters, traumatic events, and also in times of celebration and triumph. Hope fuels passion, inner drive, inspiration, and energizes us to push ourselves to new limits.

When you feel like the world is working against you or like giving up on your dream, discovering hope can refocus your mindset to positivity and allow you to move forward.

5 Ways To Find Hope During A Tough Time In Life

Here’s how to regain a sense of hope and optimism about your life;

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1. Rely on faith

Explore your spiritual side by the act of prayer, leaning on the power of your faith, and finding comfort by reading scripture or spiritual teachings.

If you are not religious or spiritual, it may be an opportunity for you to reach out for guidance and support from a local church or by reading about spirituality. Remember even in challenging times there is an opportunity as individuals to grow personally and emotionally.

2. Find your silver lining

Whether it be a lesson to learn or a life experience to grow from can be empowering and instill hope.

Having the ability to take away something positive from tough times offers a way to have closure and move forward in life.

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3. Surround yourself with family and friends

Hugs, smiles, emotional support, and their energy can help renew hope.

Often when people struggle they isolate themselves which only increases the feelings of loneliness, fear, and hopelessness. Instead, open yourself up and invite people in to support you.

4. Talk to someone

Talk to someone who has been through something similar or read about someone who has.  There is such power in feeling connected with others through shared experiences.

Talking about a situation can offer a healing experience. Receiving advice or just hearing that it turned out well can recharge your inner hope.

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5. Research

Lacking hope is usually because of fear of the unknown. Fear can be paralyzing so it becomes challenging to see a situation from a fresh perspective and to have the clarity to solve the problem or get through an obstacle.

Overcome your fear by researching how to solve the problem. Knowledge is power and feeling empowered sheds new hope on the situation.

Conclusion

Use these 5 tips to inspire a new sense of hope within. If you notice someone who seems like they have lost hope, reach out and offer support. Hope is often the spark of action and real positive change so there are no limits on where hope can lead you!

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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