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How can you feel more hopeful about your future when your health and your job may be at risk? It may sound far-fetched, yet you can be upbeat in any circumstances.
Rather than denying reality, healthy optimism is about facing the facts and accepting your emotions.
The difference is that you generate a sense of hope to coexist with your doubts and fears.
Overcoming discouragement may require some effort, however the benefits are enormous. Hope increases motivation, so you’re more likely to persevere and succeed.
For a fuller life, try these 14 ideas for creating a brighter tomorrow.
Build Hope by Managing Stress
There’s a powerful connection between body and mind. When daily stress piles up, it can trigger inflammation and other health issues. It’s easier to feel hopeful when you adopt habits that keep you strong and fit.
Practice Self Care
Maintain your health with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Stick to a consistent bedtime and aim for about 8 hours of sleep each night.
Look for the bright side in any situation. Notice the pleasant things that happen each day, like hugs from your children and colorful sunsets.
Learn From Experience
Disappointments and setbacks can work to your advantage when you view them as teachable moments. Figure out what you can do differently next time to achieve the outcomes you want.
Shift Your Focus
Empower yourself by concentrating on the factors that you can control. Let go of the rest. Sort out your priorities and devote your resources to the areas that will deliver the greatest return.
Leisure time matters too. Avoid burnout by allowing yourself plenty of downtime each day. Stop for a cup of tea or a few shoulder stretches.
Laugh It Up
Humor helps to keep you calm and happy. Watch funny movies and share jokes with friends.
Meditate and Pray
Your spiritual faith can be a major source of hope and motivation. Develop a daily practice and search for a community where you can enjoy support and friendship.Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all -Emily Dickinson Click To Tweet
Build Hope by Practicing Kindness
When you’re burdened by your own concerns, thinking about others can be a relief.
Taking your mind off your troubles for a while may help you get unstuck. You also gain confidence by showing yourself that you can have a positive impact on your world.
Being thankful provides a strong foundation for hope and other positive thoughts. Make a list of the blessings in your life. Let others know how much you appreciate them.
Use your strengths and resources to help others. Make donations to charities and perform favors for your neighbors. Lend a hand to coworkers when they’re busy and smile at a stranger who looks sad.
Volunteer Your Services
Do you have extra free time lately? Contact a food pantry to see if they need help with sorting and distribution.
Do Extra Chores
You can be considerate of others without even leaving home. Surprise your partner by vacuuming the stairs for them when it’s their turn.
Be Nice Online
Internet users sometimes speak harshly because they feel anonymous. Turn things around by complimenting others and discussing issues politely.
Connect With Others
Ordinary socializing offers many opportunities for kindness too. Give others your full attention when they’re talking with you. Validate their feelings and experiences. Take pleasure in their happiness and accomplishments.But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Click To Tweet
Even dark days have bright moments.
These strategies will help you to develop the wisdom and courage to keep striving and hope for positive results.
In the (ad) words of Brendon Burchard (in the video at the top of this post):
“I know the days can get dark, but you deserve to have your dreams. You deserve to keep at them. You deserve to sustain that full power, that full energy that hope can cultivate in you, because when you have full hope you’re more confident and willing to go for it or willing to try. You deserve it. Your dreams deserve it and each day starts to feel a little more bright, each day starts to feel a little more magical, each day you start to notice the things to have hope for.”
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