So I have been thinking a lot about the idea of hope in relation to mental health. What is the value of hope? How do you find hope? How do you hold onto hope when things aren't going your way?
I think hope is essential for learning to cope and manage illness, and for maintaining a positive outlook. You hope to get better, or to find the strength to get through, or to be able to achieve your goals despite illness. If you lose this hope then it starts to be hard to see the point in continuing to work on your health. So hope is an incredibly valuable tool.
Finding hope is never easy, but it is worth it. Think about the things you enjoy or are passionate about; how can they give you hope? Look to the people you love to give you hope if you can't find it yourself. Find stories of people with your illness who are still living a life they love. Positive stories are an infinite source of hope.
Hanging onto hope when things go wrong is not an easy skill to learn. It is easy to feel frustrated and hopeless. I think that ensuring you don't feel defined by your illness is a great way to maintain hope. Think about all the parts of your identity that co-exist with your illness. All the things that still matter, that you still love, regardless of your illness. There is more to you than just this illness, and if that isn't reason to hope, then I don't know what is.
What do you feel hopeful about? How does hope help your mental wellbeing?
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