When hopelessness hits, we feel sunk. All our worst stories swirl in our head, punctuated by words like can’t, won’t, never, impossible. Life feels bleak.
If only there were a switch we could flip that would turn our thoughts and emotions around.
Until there is (we’re not holding our breath), we can take tiny steps that will gradually restore our faith in possibility. To start, summon your strength and any of the twenty-one ideas below that feels right for you. Consider the smallest sense of relief as great progress, because it is. Then engage your relief to try another.
One request: If you believe your depression is clinical, please reach out to a professional.
When you’re feeling hopeless, ask yourself:
1. “How important is this to my life overall? Does it really make everything else worthless?”
2. “What can I control?”
3. “What makes me feel worse? Should I do something other than play the same game on