Hope-a feeling of trust, a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen and thinking it could happen. A feeling that something good will happen or be true.
Hopelessness-a feeling of despair, without hope, downhearted, having no expectation of good or success, incapable of redemption or improvement. Feeling dreadful, horrible, terrible and useless.
When we are triggered we can swing between both of these feelings; here are a few suggestions on how to remain hopeful in the face of hopelessness.
- Take a walk in nature.
- If you are into prayer or mediation, indulge in it.
- Listen to music.
- Reach out and talk to someone.
- Write your guts out.
- Get enough sleep.
- Drink water.
- Don’t isolate.
- Be kind to yourself and others.
- Know that you will come out on the other side.
The feeling of hope is light; the feeling of hopelessness is heavy.
Hope is uplifting; hopelessness is oppressive.
You will know the difference immediately if you pay attention.