Hope is hard to find these days, it seems like many of the everyday things that brought us joy; a coffee with friends, cinema trip or weekend away have been taken away by Covid restrictions.
So how do we find hope in these dark days? In Psychotherapy we are often working with people who have lost hope and whilst entering therapy is a very hopeful act, it does take a leap of faith to keep going when times are difficult. A had a client a few years ago who consistently felt hopeless in her struggles with her anxiety and felt huge anger over this.
Finding hope is a process and so I set her the daily task of asking how she felt every day before she got out of bed and what she felt she could do for herself that day; a nice coffee, walk in the woods, good chat with a friend or some daily meditation. At the end of the day I asked her to acknowledge to herself what she appreciated about the day, however small. She struggled at first but over time and by practising ‘hope’ she started to see a chink of light, that light grew and over time hope became her practice.
As the great Viktor Frankl; a holocaust survivor said “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
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