Where to find hope when things seem bleak

There are times when you’re going to feel down if you have a loved one in prison. But please don’t lose hope. When times get tough, there are several ways to find hope. Keep reading to learn more!

One of the things you can do is surround yourself with people who exude positivity. These are the people who focus on supporting you emotionally. They help you look for the good in a bad situation and don’t let you give up on what could be. Look for these people in your life. They can hold you up when you’re unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Hang up inspirational quotes around your house, at the office, or in your car. Choose quotes that help you feel uplifted. Here’s one, “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – Robert H. Schuller.

Turn to prayer and scripture. If you’re a spiritual person, lean into prayer and set aside time to read hope-filled scripture. For example, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6) If you don’t consider yourself a spiritual person, now is a great opportunity to share your fears or worries with a higher power.

Often, we lose our hope because we feel like the future is bleak and there’s nothing to look forward to. Instead of focusing on what we can’t control and on those things that aren’t going the way we want, try to refocus your thoughts. Consider the things you can look forward to. Try to re-envision your future. This may mean shuffling things around or making new goals to work toward.

If you have a loved one in prison, things won’t look exactly like they once did. Consider how you can make the best of the current situation. Find hobbies or activities that give you joy and focus your energy on them. Find daily sources of hope. There are different email and text subscriptions you can sign up for that will send you inspiration daily. You can search Google for one that interests you and fits your needs.

I understand it can be difficult to cling to hope when things don’t go as planned. However, it’s in these moments that we need hope the most. Look for your source of hope and then hold on to it.

[Monalisa Johnson is a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel and a certified life coach as well as a mother and entrepreneur. In no way is anything that she writes, speaks or shares considered medical advice or clinical therapy. Consider all that you receive to be life coaching and guidance.]

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