Keeping hope alive during difficult times

Here we are into September 2020, 6 months since the pandemic shut down order started in our state anyways. Cases are still rising and there appears to be no end in sight. It can be discouraging and downright frustrating as we all want to go back to living our full lives without worrying about catching this virus or having to take so many precautions day in and day out. I think it is also challenging when there is very few places we can escape reminders of the pandemic. Sure we can at home but if you turn on the TV, social media or anywhere online it will pop up. If you go out in public you have to wear a mask.

Every service or business you go to has a different covid protocol so you are reminded once again. If you order some furniture or other items online, you may see that your shipping date is months away. (sigh) Yet another reminder and adding to the frustration.

Can we keep hope alive with all the hopelessness around us? The answer is yes but it will take some work on your part. I think many forget that this is not the first pandemic in history, other generations have dealt with this and made it through. It may feel like a challenging time as it impacts so many financially, emotionally and spiritually. Heres how to keep hope alive:

1) Limit exposure to the news/social media and take some pandemic breaks. This means totally disconnect to do something without the reminders of it. This could be reading a good book, taking a walk outside, going for a long drive or painting or other creative activity at home.

2) Find support from friends frequently. Haven’t talked to a friend in months? Why not reach out today? Text, DM or Facetime them to reconnect. They will be glad you did. Ask them how they are coping and see if you can find ways to help each other through.

3) Through each day recite what you are grateful for. Try to associate it with something like every time you sit down to eat you name 2 things you are grateful for or when you get up in the morning really identify where your gratitude is that day. These don’t have to be major things but could be that you have a comfy bed to sleep in, that you have a pet to play with or your morning coffee. The key is to find different things daily, write it down if you think it will help to remind you. I sometimes do this while driving and take a gratitude drive naming as many things as I can that I am grateful for.

4) As Mr. Rogers said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” seek out the positive news stories about how neighbors are helping others. Get the Good NewsNetwork app which includes positive news from around the world or check out for a daily newsletter that includes kindness quotes, acts of kindness and positive affirmations.

5) Embrace a more optimistic attitude and look for hopeful things around in you in people, places and things. Making it your intention to find more hope in the world will help you to keep your eyes open to it.

6) Find hope in a higher power, this can often bring comfort during difficult times

Finding hope in challenging times can be hard when you feel the world Is so full of negativity. But it is possible, create your own safe place from the storms of life in whatever way works for you.

f you are struggling to find hope and feel like you can’t go on remember you can always call the suicide hotline National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. Getting help from a trusted Therapist can be another option. At Path to Hope Counseling we are here for you to help guide you through feelings of discouragement and hopelessness, reach out to day at You don’t have to go through this alone.