We all go through difficult times in life. Whether it’s a physical or mental illness, the loss of a loved one, or financial troubles, there are many reasons why it can feel like you’re stuck in your own personal hell. But there are ways to pull yourself out of these dark places!
Here are some reasons to live and find hope in hard times:
You are needed.
The world needs you. People need you. You can find purpose by being there for them, whether it’s a friend or family member who is going through a rough time, someone who needs help with something that requires specific knowledge or expertise, or just someone who needs a shoulder to cry on when the world feels like it’s against them.
You have more power than you think; sometimes just listening is enough.
Your life has value.
You are important. You matter, and have a purpose. You are needed by people around you; perhaps not always recognized or appreciated, but nevertheless needed. Your life has meaning and purpose for others because of who you are and how you live your life every day.
Your value comes from within—your ability to love yourself and others unconditionally, as well as your capacity for compassion and empathy towards other human beings in need—and that is what makes our lives meaningful and worth living!
Ways to find hope in hard times
We all go through hard times, and sometimes we just need a little help to find the hope that’s always there. Here are some suggestions for finding your way out of a tough spot:
- Talk about it. Talking about our problems with someone who cares about us can sometimes make all the difference. Whether you talk about it in person or over text or email, find someone who will listen without judging you or telling you what to do. It can be hard to take criticism from people who don’t know what they’re talking about, so try not to take any advice they give you too seriously—just having someone listen is enough!
- Take a break from social media/technology/whatever else has been stressing you out lately so that you can focus on yourself for awhile.
- Do something nice for someone else—it doesn’t have to be anything big! Just doing something nice for someone else will make you feel better because it reminds you that other people are good too!
Always Remember that there is help for you.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can also call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
We hope that this article has helped you better understand why it is so important to keep living, even if life seems unfair or unfriendly or painful. A wise person said that you can bounce back from most things, but you can’t bounce back from suicide. Remember: You are not alone in your struggle. There are people out there who want to help you and support you in any way they can. So please reach out if you feel like things are getting too tough—there’s always someone who wants to lend a hand!