23 Oct Finding Hope & Resilience in Stressful Times
Finding Hope & Resilience in Stressful Times
In the darkest of times, hope has the power to sustain us. While the world is experiencing great turmoil, remember that humanity’s strength lies in resilience and the unwavering spirit to overcome.
Throughout history, people have faced unimaginable challenges, and have emerged stronger. Acts of kindness, compassion and bravery have shone brightly even in the most despairing moments. These acts of encouragement remind us of our innate goodness and the potential for positive change.
In the face of adversity, communities must come together, where individuals rise to the occasion, to prove that the human spirit is unbreakable. Look for stories of hope, they are all around, even when overshadowed by anguish and feelings of hopelessness.
You are not alone. Collective action can give us purpose and healing. Together, with hope as our beacon, we can inch our way toward healing and restoring our faith in humanity. During times of conflict or war, it is crucial to prioritize your mental well-being.
Tips for dealing with tough times:
Stay Informed but Limit Exposure: Stay informed about the situation from reliable sources. Avoid constant exposure to distressing news or imagery online as overwhelming information can increase anxiety. If live footage and visual updates impact you deeply, consider listening to a podcast. Remember you can always “hide” posts on your social media accounts. Take control over what is on your feed!
Create a Safe Space: Designate a physical or mental safe space where you can retreat to take necessary breaks from stressors. This could be a room, a quiet corner or even a calming mental visualization.
Give Back: Contributing to the well-being of others during a crisis can boost your sense of purpose and resilience. Avoid feeling powerless by doing something positive and proactive. Donate to a cause of interest. Volunteer in your local community and reach out to those communities in need.
Express Feelings: Do not bottle up your emotions. Talk to someone you trust about your feelings or consider keeping a journal to process your thoughts.
Prioritize Sleep: Ensure you get enough quality sleep. A well-rested body and mind will better equip you to manage stress.
Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a balanced diet and avoid excessive caffeine, sugar, and alcohol, as they can contribute to and exacerbate stress and anxiety.
Time Management: Create to-do lists, organize your tasks, and prioritize them. Breaking larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps can help you feel less overwhelmed and help you feel productive.
Set Boundaries: Learn to say no and establish boundaries so you do not overcommit yourself. Let others know that you are experiencing difficulties, and that you may have to step away or limit your involvement in certain discussions, activities, or tasks.
Cultivate Hope: Focus on positive aspects of life and maintain hope for a better future. This can be a source of strength during tough times.
Seek Professional Help: Do not hesitate to reach out to mental health professionals or support organizations, who can provide valuable guidance and resources.
Remember, you are not alone. In the face of unimaginable fear, sadness, and loss, hope continues to guide us forward. It is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is the potential for positive change and a better future. As we navigate the complexities of life, let hope be your constant companion, fueling your resilience and inspiring you to take each step with courage and determination. Never underestimate the power of hope to illuminate the path ahead.
The need for hope does not typically exist without the feeling of despair. Do not be afraid to feel despair, as this complex feeling can also be a motivating driver to continue putting one foot in front of the other.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless and alone, reach out to CHRIS 180 Counseling Centers for support. Brittney Walters, LCSW, is the Vice President of School-Based Mental Health at CHRIS 180.