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Going Against Depression | Filling Your Heart with Hope Again

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Going Against Depression | Filling Your Heart with Hope Again

 

Hope is invigorating and inspiring. It can enliven your heart and revitalize your resolve to overcome unhealthy emotions when there are many devastating reasons to give up. It can push you to aim high and strive hard to attain your aspirations. It is what saves you from grief and guilt. It is what you embrace when you are gripped by a serious medical condition. It is what empowers you to persist with whatever you are doing to better your life or to overcome challenges.

Thus, when hope dies, bleakness becomes the pervasive mood that rules your life. Your life can become devoid of happiness and seem like there is nothing to wake up for. It can seem as if nothing ever falls into the right place. You may stop trying because you believe you won’t succeed anyway. You may even let yourself wallow in self-pity, so you stop growing as a person. Darkness can engulf your whole life.

To fill your heart and life with hope and improve the quality of your life once again, it is important to pay attention. It is important to bring back hope or to strengthen it. There are a number of ways to achieve this. Understand what is causing your hopelessness. Seek the support of your loved ones and friends. More importantly, seek the help of a professional to continue holding on to hope or to rediscover it.

 

What Is Behind Hopelessness?

Hopelessness can leave you feeling powerless. Thinking that you have no power to improve things or that you have a worthless life, you may just give up. This can mean stopping what you usually do on a day-to-day basis, or not functioning like you want to. This can also mean believing that you have no skills or talents to receive that promotion or that you can’t make a business succeed. The feeling is so devastating you may stop being productive all together and you may lose interest in the people or things that used to matter in your life.

What can trigger hopelessness? It can be a very personal thing. Grief or an upsetting experience can trigger hopelessness as it traumatizes you and prevents you from moving on. Low self-esteem can result in your being hopeless because you may feel you are not enough, or you don’t have what it takes to succeed. Rejection, sickness, failed relationships, disappointments, and feeling unwanted/unloved may also contribute to the feeling of hopelessness. Be aware that depression can similarly cause hopelessness.

Wrapped in hopelessness, it is easy to believe that nothing can be worse. If it is being triggered by depression, you might realize that it can be worse. Depression is also the risk you may eventually face if your hopelessness is not treated. This emotional condition can destroy, not only hope, but many other vital ingredients of a satisfying life – energy, sense of worth, interest and enthusiasm, abilities to interact, etc.

 

The Power of Negative Thinking

Hopelessness can be the source of negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are so powerful that they can set the stage for depression. This is because your mind has the power to generate about 25 to 50 thousand thoughts per day. If the thoughts are predominantly negative, depression can easily set in.

Without a mindful effort to separate thoughts distinctly, harsh and cold thoughts/imaginings can easily seep into your consciousness, so that it becomes a habit. This means that you can produce negative thoughts almost automatically. To stop this almost “instinctive” process that can take you down to depression, you must consciously stay aware of your thoughts. This may not be an easy thing to do. This is where a qualified behavioral health professional can help.

Thoughts can “move mountains,” so you can veer away from hopelessness and depression. These can “make or break” your moods and abilities to process information and everyday experiences. Thoughts can leave you feeling distressed and hopeless, just as they can bring about feelings of happiness, optimism and hopefulness. Even when you are feeling tremendously despondent, giving up must never be an option. You have other choices. If you want to feel better and fill your heart with hope again, seek professional intervention.  

 

Against All Hopelessness and Depression

Recognizing the relationship between hopelessness and depression can help in your battle against the emotion and the condition. Knowing that hopelessness can lead to depression, the possibility of seeking professional intervention is likely to be present. Understanding too, that depression can be triggered by negative thoughts, you will likely want to change those thoughts, so they become productive and optimistic.

Unfortunately, “snapping out of” hopelessness and/or depression is not possible. You can be helpless against depression because it is an emotional condition that needs to be treated. Untreated, it can bring about other miserable circumstances in your life – medical conditions, anxiety, self-harm, etc. With treatment, however, its outlook can be improved.

To address both depression and hopelessness, finding professional help is important. Behavioral health professionals can help you release bottled and deep-seated emotions through talking. There are many forms of psychotherapy. Professionals can evaluate your manifestations, so that the appropriate intervention can be used to understand your intense emotions or conditions and ultimately resolve them. Through cognitive therapy, the challenge is to modify your undesirable behavioral patterns.

 

Holding onto What “Springs Eternal”

Negative thoughts are powerful, but “hope springs eternal.”  The idea brings optimism that things can get better, that hope can be restored, and that depression can be treated.  When you have hope you can realize that problems have solutions and that “clouds have silver linings.”  It can teach you to dream big and to be willing to pay the price for those dreams to come true. It can teach you not to give up and to believe that something good is in store for you.

There are times, however, when the power to overcome hopelessness is not in your hands. If it is being caused by depression, you may need a behavioral health professional to help you. Don’t feel helpless, though, because you do have options. You have the choice to seek professional help. If you live in Fayetteville, contact Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC, to request an appointment. You can find the office by using your GPS or by referring to the map on this website.

“As long as you live, there is hope.” You can fight back to regain the hope you’ve lost by finding the right-fit therapist to help you. You may not be able to change the sad events in your life, but you can face the forthcoming ones in a different, more positive way. Why are there people who can smile and lead a productive life, even when they are struggling with a serious or chronic medical condition and why are there unfortunate people who can still smile, even when their table is not laden in abundance? The difference lies in having hope. Having hope in your heart can enrich your life. It isn’t too late to fill your heart with hope. Let a caring counselor/therapist independently contracted with CCS – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC help you on this meaningful journey. Call today!

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  • Shnika Davis LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Depression, Substance Abuse, Life transitions, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Adjustments Disorders, Family, Couples and Marriage
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare

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    Location: Fayetteville, NC
  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Select, and Cash

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    Location: Fayetteville, NC