9 ways to find hope when you're hopeless

Sometimes life breaks you. Here's how to fight back.

9 ways to find hope when you're hopeless

Sometimes life breaks you. Here's how to fight back.
  • Life will break you.

  • Sometimes life will break you so much that it seems impossible to ever be healed. However, you were made to overcome. Here are nine ways you can find hope when your world gets dark.

  • Find hope in letting go

  • Sometimes you need to realize the thing making you feel hopeless really is hopeless. Much of the circumstances of this world are out of your control. When this is the case, the most helpful thing to do is to realize that you can't change the situation and teach yourself to accept it.

  • Find hope in change

  • Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference in restoring hope. Rearrange the furniture in your house, make a new friend, take a different route to work or try a new diet. Small changes, even though they may not be related to the source of your hopelessness, make all the difference when rediscovering hope.

  • Find hope in exercise

  • Your body's chemicals have a huge impact on your ability to be hopeful. Believe it or not, exercise can make an enormous impact in improving your outlook on your circumstances.

  • Find hope in charity

  • Serving others works in two ways to help you redevelop hope. First, it gets you outside of yourself and your hopeless feelings by focusing you entirely on someone else and their needs. Second, serving helps you see the world from the perspective of someone less fortunate than yourself, elevating your perspective on your issues.

  • Find hope in gratitude

  • Reflecting on all the amazing things in your life makes all the difference when attempting to rediscover hope. When you are desperately hopeless, this can be an enormous challenge. However, with effort, you can discover meaningful and valuable pieces of your life. Make a habit of taking inventory of all your blessings and use it as a way to redevelop hope.

  • Find hope in people

  • Sometimes you need to lean on other people and that's fine. Let your friends and family know that you're struggling and look to them for that light in your life.

  • Find hope in fun

  • Sometimes you need to separate yourself from everything that's bringing you down. Reinvent your life by doing things that make you happy.

  • Find hope in prayer

  • Connecting with a power greater than yourself is key to redeveloping faith. You can find so much peace from the assurance that there is someone greater than you.

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  • Find hope in stories

  • Engaging with uplifting stories does everything to build your hope. Seeing examples of people who were able to make their way out of hard times is an inspiring and powerful tool to redeveloping hope.

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Melinda Fox has a bachelor's degree in English and is the Sponsored Content Manager for She loves Shakespeare, listening to her favorite songs on repeat and journaling. Find her at


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