8 Strategies That Help You Get Through Hopeless Situations

8 Strategies That Help You Get Through Hopeless Situations

Yesterday, I was informed of the loss of another beautiful soul. This writing is my attempt to reach out in case someone else believes they are in a hopeless situation. As entrepreneurs, we all have days where we feel hopeless and discouraged. It could be a failed business venture, a lost client, the end of a relationship, or a rough patch in life that has left us feeling down and out. Some situations must run their course; at other times, plans must be made. Hopeless events do not exclude the possibility of better days ahead. The good news is that there are ways to navigate through these situations and come out on the other side stronger than ever before. In this article, I will share eight (8) strategies that have helped me through tough times, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Try these strategies when it appears all is lost:

1. Let it go. If the outcome is inevitable, does obsessing over it ever help? Letting go may seem like surrendering, but why persist with something unwinnable? Choose to release it and embrace the next chapter of your life. Letting go of beliefs, people places and things that no longer served me was one of the greatest gifts I gave myself.

2. Purge your emotions. Let your feelings out. There are healthy ways to uplift yourself. Some find solace in exercise, while others feel relief after a good cry. Spending time with loved ones or having dinner with friends may boost your spirits. I purge my emotions in a journal because a blank page holds no judgment. Sometimes I cried as I Journaled. The key is to seek a positive outlet. Reckless drinking, substance abuse, and impulsive spending are unhealthy choices. Choose wisely.

3. Try to learn something. In most cases, dire situations stem from past decisions. Reflect on your role in the current circumstances. Did you overlook warning signs in a relationship? Did you take on a mortgage beyond your means? Give yourself some grace and learn from your situation. I choose to look for the gift in every situation. It allows me to see any circumstances I encounter from a different perspective. It is common to repeat our mistakes. What can you learn to avoid a repeat performance in the future? Imagine how great your life would be if you only made each mistake once. Imagine what you would learn if you saw the gift in each situation.

4. Enjoy yourself. Now might be the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant, take a walk in the park, or see a movie with a friend. Despite life’s challenges, you can still have a good time. Laugh and move forward. I look for joy in the small things. It gives me peace. I practice positive affirmations to increase my joy. My daily mantra is I bring joy, I am the peace. Try it or create your own. Because what you tell yourself matters.

5. Keep up with your responsibilities. Your children, family, and friends still need your love and attention. The bills still have to be paid. Avoid neglecting other areas of your life. When I found myself overwhelmed, I asked for help. I have discovered asking for assistance is not a weakness. It is a sign of strength. Sometimes, it was having responsibilities that kept me safe. Having a sense of purpose is essential, especially when you are in a perceived hopeless situation.

6. Create a plan for the future. Anticipating an interesting and exciting future can propel you forward. A bleak future makes it hard to be happy. Embrace the possibilities and craft an inspiring future for yourself. Then, take one small step towards making it a reality. Take time to write out your perfect day in great detail. Journaling is a great way to gather your thoughts and to write the story you want to live. I update my perfect day as needed to ensure I stay clear on what I desire for my life. Then I align my actions to ensure it comes to pass.

7.  Make a list of all the things that fill you with gratitude. It is likely there are many people in the world with far more challenging circumstances. It can be easy to forget this fact. Reflect on what you have going for you and add to the list regularly. Refer to the list whenever you need a reminder that your life is worth living. Each morning when I rise, I think of ten things I can be grateful for to start my day positively. I have chosen to live with an attitude of gratitude, and it has made a world of difference in how I see my life.

8.  Remember other situations in your life that seemed hopeless. Like me, you survived and ultimately came out more resilient and knowledgeable on the other side. Take time to recall past hopeless situations. If you are reading this, it means you survived. I pray you emerge stronger and wiser. As a woman of faith, I often rehearse God’s resume to remind myself that I am never alone, and this, too, shall pass.

Conclusion:

Hopeless situations are inevitable in life, but they don’t have to define us. Letting go and moving forward can be the best choice. Worrying has never altered the outcome of any situation. By implementing these eight (8) strategies, we can gracefully navigate challenging times and become stronger on the other side. Remember to take care of yourself, seek support from those around you, seek professional help when needed, and stay positive in the face of adversity. No opportunity is ever truly wasted when we learn from our experiences and use them as stepping stones towards success. If you or someone you know are thinking of harming themselves, please call the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 Veterans Press 1. That line is available twenty-four hours a day. Be blessed and stay safe and remember that help is available. You are not alone.

Advocate for Your Mental Health and Live Your Best Life

Advocate for Your Mental Health and Live Your Best Life

Advocate for Your Mental Health and Live Your Best Life

Over the years, I have been blessed to speak to people worldwide with different business and career aspirations. One thing has been clear: as an entrepreneur, most of you are incredibly motivated to succeed personally and in business. I want to remind you that taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible. However, I am aware with the endless pressures of work and social media, it is too easy to overlook your mental health. In the past, I have neglected my own. I have even considered you may also feel like seeking help is a weakness that could hold you back. But nothing could be further from the truth. Advocating for your mental health is essential for living a fulfilling life devoid of anxiety and depression. In this blog, we will explore ways to prioritize your well-being, create a safety protocol for critical moments, and include a suicide prevention message to help yourself and others.

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

You must prioritize your mental health, just like you do your physical health. Self-care is a crucial element in preserving your emotional well-being. Take time out of each day for yourself; it could be meditating or taking a relaxing bath. Explore new hobbies or interests that could stimulate your mind and help you relieve stress. If you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and evaluate why. After a careful self-reflection, consider going to therapy.

Therapy is a proactive step for your mental health well-being management. Therapy does not necessarily mean that you have a problem; it merely indicates that you are taking care of yourself. ‘Talk’ therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been proven to work wonders for many people. CBT has been tremendously helpful in my journey to mental wellness. The truth is there are numerous therapies besides CBT. With the help of a professional counselor, you can discover a therapy plan that works for you. I encourage you to keep searching until you find the one suited to your unique needs.

Creating a Safety Protocol

People who suffer from depression or anxiety can have suicidal thoughts. It is essential to have an action plan in case of an emergency. If you ever have thoughts of self-harm, it is not a sign of weakness or failure. Your emotions and thoughts are not who you are or what you will become. Make a safety protocol to keep yourself secure during these moments.

Your safety plan should include several emergency contacts, such as your doctor, therapist, emergency services, and a trusted friend or family member, all with their contact numbers. Write down positive affirmations you can review during the crisis and activities you can do to motivate yourself to get through the tough times, like taking a walk in nature. Make sure these coping mechanisms work when you have suicidal thoughts, self-harm urges, or depression. To start, download a copy of the Mental Health Safety Protocol I created for myself when I developed my TAPIN Method. Use it as a reference to create your own. 

Suicide Prevention Message

On the subject of self-harm, suicide remains one of the most critical issues facing the world today. If you suspect someone you know may be dealing with suicidal thoughts, encourage them to seek professional help immediately. Listen to them, ensure they feel heard, and never lecture or judge. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there to assist anyone needing assistance at any time of the day or Night. Dial 988, Veterans, press 1, and get the support you need.

One of the best ways to help prevent suicide is by acknowledging your feelings openly and building a support system you can rely on. Speak with trusted friends or family members candidly about mental health to help yourself and others who may also be struggling. Please do not wait until you are in a crisis mood to have the conversation. 

The Benefits of Being a Mental Health Advocate

It is important to recognize the benefits of advocating for mental health for yourself and others in both your daily life and business practices. By prioritizing and modeling good mental health, you show a positive example for others to follow. Cultivating healthy mentalities at work can boost productivity and morale significantly. To achieve fair workplace standards, we all must understand our roles to foster a safe environment for everyone. Simple things like being mindful that we are all unique individuals, using desired pronouns, and learning to agree to disagree without being disagreeable can go a long way to creating safe mental health environments for us all.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the benefits of prioritizing and advocating for your mental health far outweigh any fears or doubts you may have. Do not be fooled by the life you see others leading on social media because, often, it is not authentic. Comparing your life to others is a way to feed the insecurities you do not want to foster. Embrace that you are unique and seek to develop your mind, body, and soul, emphasizing your mental well-being. Taking the time to advocate for your mental health is the first step in living your best life. You do not have to face these challenges alone; seeking professional help, creating a safety protocol, and including suicide prevention messages in your conversations can make all the difference. I pray this serves you as you strive to advocate for your mental well-being. Remember, each day is an opportunity, and it is up to you to seize it. Live your best life now – No Opportunity Wasted!