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HOPE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Hi Friends!


I wrote a a blog post, "Hope for Mental Health: Nurturing Hope for Enhanced Well-Being: Strategies to Cultivate Resilience and Feel Better" and wanted to share with you for Mental Health Month.


HOPE and well-being go hand in hand.


Hope gives us a reason to keep going, even when things seem challenging or impossible. It's a reminder that things can get better, and that we can overcome the challenges we are facing.


I really believe not having hope is one of the worst places to be. Without hope, we can feel lost and alone. Hope makes us more resilient, better able to cope with stress and anxiety, and more likely to achieve our goals.




So, how can we cultivate hope in our lives? One way is by focusing on the positive aspects of our situation. It is an exercise of the prospective muscle. Again, why I love gratitude so much. When things are tough, practicing gratitude doesn't mean ignoring the challenges we are facing— instead it helps us see the big picture and find some opportunities for growth and learning. TEACHING MOMENTS! HOPE helps us to stay motivated and focused.


Another way to cultivate hope is by surrounding ourselves with positive and supportive people. COMMUNITY. Having a strong support system can make all the difference when we are going through tough times.


I believe having HOPE is essential for our mental well-being. So, let's all take a moment to reflect on the things that give us hope, and remember that no matter what we are facing, there is always a reason to believe that things can get better.


Here’s a journal prompt: Spend 5 minutes writing about hope. What gives you hope? How has HOPE added value to your life? If there are times in your past when you felt hopeless, think about what helped you.


Note: If you are feeling hopeless, you are not alone. NAMI has a HelpLine available M-F, 7 am to 7 pm, PT; connect by phone 800-950-6264 or text "Helpline" to 62640, or chat. NAMI also has a warmline and support groups for individuals living with mental health conditions. Find a support group here. If you are someone you know if experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988


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