We all have moments in our lives when everything seems to be falling apart, and hopelessness creeps in. These are the times when finding the strength to keep going can become a real challenge.
Recently, when I asked on Facebook what I should blog about this month, one of my friends suggested how to motivate yourself when your world feels hopeless.
So I’m posting on a day when I normally would not because I wanted to make sure I responded as soon as possible. Because I struggle with depression, I have felt this way many, many times and once you’re in it, it’s hard to climb out.
But I have found that no matter how bleak the world may look, there are powerful ways to motivate yourself and reclaim your hope. For those with faith, that process might be even more profound.
Let's take a look at what you can do if you are struggling with feelings of hopelessness.
Lean into Your Faith
Whether it’s God, the universe, the angels, etc., lean into your faith when things start to seem hopeless. I’ve been working on doing this for years, and one thing that has really helped me is to visualize handing over the problem that’s getting to me. I actually visualize handing it over. In fact, this year, I made the word trust my word of the year.
Having faith can remind you that you are not alone in your struggles. It provides a sense of purpose and the assurance that there is a higher plan. And as long as you are willing to trust in that higher plan, then you will know you can handle it no matter what happens.
When your faith is your foundation, it will be easier to feel motivated to step into your purpose - for that day, that week, or your life in general. That’s another visualization I have - me, putting my small hand in God's big one.
But you will find your own practices to strengthen your faith and trust. Prayer, meditation, gatherings with others who share your faith. Keep trying until you find what works for you.
Self-Love & Compassion
Make a commitment to yourself not to give up, no matter what and give yourself as much love and kindness and acceptance as you can muster.
Take time each day for things that bring you joy or pleasure.
Get absorbed in doing things you love. And then, when those feelings crop up, don’t push against them or criticize yourself for having them.
Give yourself compassion instead of judgment, and then try some practices that soothe you.
When life seems hopeless, shift your focus from what's lacking to what you already have. Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you are thankful for, no matter how small they may seem.
Over time, this practice can change your perspective, help you appreciate life's simple joys, and create a positive outlook.
Take Small Steps Toward Your Goals
If you’re already feeling overwhelmed by the challenges you’re facing, be careful not to add on goals that will overwhelm you even more. Break down your goals into smaller, achievable tasks.
And then celebrate each accomplishment, no matter how insignificant it seems. Each accomplishment will help boost your confidence, and show you that you can move forward, even during the difficult moments.
Practice this Healing, Grounding Meditation Each Day
Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can sit or lie down. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly. Let yourself become fully present in this moment. Allow any distractions or worries to fade away as you turn your focus inward.
Begin by taking a few deep breaths in through your nose, feeling your lungs expand fully, and then exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension with each breath. As you continue this deep breathing, allow your body to relax, and let go of any physical tightness or discomfort you may be feeling.
Envision a warm and loving presence surrounding you, whether it's the divine, a guiding force, or the energy of the universe. Allow yourself to feel the support and comfort that comes from this connection.
As you breathe deeply, bring your awareness to any doubts or negative thoughts that may be weighing on your mind. Acknowledge them without judgment, but then visualize them as clouds in the sky. Watch these doubt-filled clouds drift away, leaving behind a clear, bright sky in your mind's eye. Recognize that doubts are transient and not a reflection of your true self.
Now, imagine roots extending from the soles of your feet, reaching deep into the earth. Feel these roots grounding you firmly like the ancient trees, providing stability and strength. As you inhale, draw up the nourishing energy of the earth, and as you exhale, release any remaining tension or doubt down through these roots, letting the earth absorb them.
In this moment, where you are safe, give yourself compassion and understanding. Remind yourself that it's okay to have doubts and fears. Allow yourself to release any self-criticism or judgment. Instead, fill your heart with love and acceptance for who you are at this moment.
Take a moment to express gratitude for this time of healing and renewal. Give thanks for the strength within you, the support around you, and the hope that will keep you going.
As you conclude this meditation, gently bring your awareness back to the present moment. Wiggle your fingers and toes, and take another deep breath in, exhaling slowly. Carry the sense of grounding and peace with you as you open your eyes.
Try These Affirmations
- I am worthy of love and support.
- I release doubt and embrace trust in myself and my path.
-I am capable of overcoming the challenges I face.
- My faith will get me through this.
- I am surrounded by divine love & guidance
Here’s one more thought I want to offer.
Trust that you have the power to get through the challenging time you’re experiencing. And make the commitment to be grounded in hope even when you can’t see the way out.
Oh, and if you are a healer and empath, let me add that you might want to create a healing self-care basket for moments like this, but also, make sure you are clearing away any energy that is not your own.
The idea that things are hopeless might not even have come from you. It might just be borrowing your body.
Love to anyone who is feeling this way!