“Only In the darkness can you see the stars” – Martin Luther King Jnr
Hope, by definition is that optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.
The words of Nikki Banas are right on point as the world continues to understand the cunning entity that is covid 19.
“If you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope. Let it be hope that better days are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can get through even the toughest of times. Let it be hope that you are stronger than the challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path to where you are meant to be… Because during these times, hope will be the very thing that carries you through.”
So how do we remain hopeful?
Much evidence directs us to having a proactive approach, taking action and creating a plan: a plan to acknowledge and sustain hope. A Healthy U advocates for this exact methodology. Clients are initially assessed for their state of readiness for change, their degree of confidence and the amount of importance that they attach to the change process. Since mindset, habits and routines are the building blocks for success towards wellness goals clients are encouraged to develop a vision statement. This describes their big picture goal. Also, clients are required to develop SMART weekly and three-monthly goals. Confidence, self-belief, and personal fulfilment are amplified as the client successfully attains their goals.
Hope is maintained by:
make every day meaningful
identify your stress response
be proactive, set small goals
focus only on what you can control
make healthy habits a priority
seek help when required.