What To Do When You’re Feeling Hopeless

man holding head feeling hopelessWhen you’re feeling hopeless, it can feel like your world is caving in and that there is no way out. Feeling overwhelmed by life’s circumstances can be a difficult and lonely experience. Hopelessness can be all-consuming and leave you feeling powerless and helpless. It’s important to understand that feeling hopeless is not a sign of weakness or failure, but rather an emotion that we all experience at some point in our lives. If you deal with the feelings of hopelessness, you will not be debilitated by it, but regain a sense of control and hope.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

When you start to feel like everything is out of your control and that you’re losing hope, it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge your feelings. You might be feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or like you’re hitting rock bottom with no way up. It can be hard to recognise these feelings, especially if you’re in the thick of them and you went into fight or flight mode, but it’s essential to acknowledge the situation and how it is making you feel.

Take a few moments to sit with your feelings, giving yourself time and space to process what is going on. Understand that it is okay to feel this way and that your feelings are valid. It’s important not to invalidate your own emotions or judge yourself for having them.

Being honest with yourself about your feelings is key to working towards a more hopeful outlook. This can be hard, but remember that it is okay to not be okay.

Talk to Someone

Sometimes when you’re feeling hopeless, it can be difficult to talk to people about how you feel. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed or losing hope, and you don’t know how to express your thoughts. But it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go through this alone.

Talking to a friend, family member, counsellor, or even a crisis hotline can help you express what’s going on in your head and find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. When feeling hopeless, it’s easy to become depressed and think that no one understands what you’re going through or could possibly help. You might even feel uncomfortable asking for help. However, talking to someone about your feelings of hopelessness can help normalise them and make them more manageable.

Having a good support system is essential when dealing with feelings of hopelessness. Knowing that there are people who understand what you’re going through and who are there to listen can be immensely helpful. It can also be beneficial to seek out professional help if you feel like the situation is too much for you to handle on your own. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when it comes to dealing with your feelings of hopelessness.

Identify Your Support System

When feeling hopeless, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there is always a support system available to help you through. First, identify who your primary support system consists of – family members, close friends, teachers, counsellors, etc. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and tell them how you’re feeling or to ask for help, whether that help is emotional or physical. Depression, feeling overwhelmed and losing hope can be difficult and frightening feelings to deal with on your own, so having the comfort and support of loved ones can make all the difference.

If you don’t have a primary support system in your life, look for resources in your community or online. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help or counselling from a trusted healthcare provider if needed. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7 for anyone dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts or other mental health issues. Their trained crisis workers are standing by to provide emotional support and resources.

Create a Routine

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and losing hope, it can be difficult to get motivated and make any kind of progress. Establishing a daily routine is one of the best things you can do to help regain control of your life and take back your sense of purpose. Creating a regular structure for yourself not only gives you a sense of purpose and direction, but also a source of stability in times of chaos.

Start small by setting up some basic guidelines for your day-to-day life. For example, set a specific time to wake up each morning, schedule regular meals throughout the day, and have an established bedtime. Then, try adding activities that will help boost your mood, such as regular exercise, reading, or listening to music.

Make sure to include activities that are specifically meaningful to you. This could be anything from going on a nature walk to volunteering with a local charity. Focusing on activities that make you feel fulfilled can be powerful in restoring your sense of hope and optimism. Practising self-care will also increase your capacity to handle life’s stressors which will make you feel more in control.

Finally, remember to give yourself grace when it comes to your routine. Some days may be more challenging than others and that’s okay. Take it slow and focus on making small improvements every day and eventually you will start to feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

Find Things to Look Forward To

When you are feeling overwhelmed and you are losing hope, it’s easy to focus on the negative. To break out of this cycle, it’s important to look for small, positive things to look forward to. This could be anything from a favourite meal you plan to make, a movie night with friends, or even just a walk in the park.

Making a list of activities to look forward to can be helpful as a reminder that life isn’t just bleak and hopeless. Try to make a list of small, achievable goals and plan out when you will do them. Having a list of goals and marking them off as you achieved them will give you the motivation to keep on going.

Allowing yourself a break from the daily stresses can also make all the difference in feeling more optimistic and empowered.  For instance, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, you might plan to take an hour away from your desk each day to read a book or take a yoga class. If you have been struggling to find time for yourself, plan out one day each week that is devoted entirely to self-care and relaxation. The act of looking forward to these moments can bring a sense of hope and joy that can help combat feelings of hopelessness.

Help Others

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and losing hope, it can be difficult to focus on anything else but your own feelings of despair. That said, reaching out and helping others can be a great way to alleviate your own sense of hopelessness. Not only does helping others provide a distraction from your own troubles, but it also allows you to experience the joy that comes from lending a hand.

Helping others doesn’t have to be a major time commitment or take up too much of your energy. Sometimes, even small acts of kindness can have a huge impact. Some ideas for simple ways to help those around you include: offering a friendly smile to a cashier, sending a card or care package to someone who could use a pick-me-up, donating items that you no longer need to a local charity, or simply asking someone how they are doing and really listening.

Helping others is also a great way to boost your own self-esteem. Doing something positive and compassionate for another person helps remind you that you are capable of making a difference in someone’s life. In addition, it provides a sense of purpose and hope when you’re feeling overwhelmed and losing hope.

At the end of the day, remember that life is not just about taking – it’s about giving too. So, if you’re feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you and offer a helping hand. It will do wonders for your mental health and wellbeing!

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