• Megan Rose

Top 10 Reasons You Should Keep Hope Alive

Top 10 Reasons You Should Keep Hope Alive

  1. Nothing lasts forever. Everything ends and that includes all the bad stuff. Your suffering will come to an end at some point, and the good won't last forever either, but those good times will keep coming back no matter how many bad days or episodes you have. Life is full of ups and downs whether you have a mental illness or not, and it's important to know that there is always some good on the horizon.

  2. Treatment is proven to work to provide relief. You may have to work to dig yourself out of the hole your symptoms have created, but if you talk to your doctor, do research, and follow whatever treatment plan you're given and have decided to follow, things will improve. It will take time, and it will take energy, but it will help. Sometimes you can't tell that things are better because things have improved so gradually, but if you keep track of your symptoms and moods you can look back and see how things have changed.

  3. There are always people rooting for you. You may feel like no one is in your corner, but with technology today there are easy ways for you to reach out to those who understand and who will want to see you succeed. Support groups online like on Facebook are a great way to communicate with people who are going through the same thing you are.

  4. You never know what's in store. Keep trying and keep moving forward. It took me years before I found a good combination of meds that helped keep me stable, but when everything finally came together it was worth all the trial and error.

  5. You could be closer than you think to an improvement. What sets off your breakthrough could be absolutely anything. One day you could be feeling the worst you've ever felt and two hours later your whole life could turn around. Life is unpredictable. That can be scary, but it can also be comforting.

  6. However much you are suffering, there are other people in the world who have suffered that much and have made it through to the other side. If someone else can do it, you can too.

  7. New improvements are being made in the medical field all the time. New medications, new types of therapy, new dietary guidelines - things move slowly in the world of FDA approval, but there is always something in the works, and a new type of treatment could be available before you know it.

  8. Life is long. A year might feel like an eternity to you when you're going through symptoms of mental illness, but it is a small percentage of your lifetime in the grand scheme of things. The amount of time in your life that you have available to you in which you are capable of feeling good and happy and healthy is greater than you may think.

  9. Hope could be the only thing you have left to hold onto, and if you lose it there's less of a chance that you'll be able to follow your treatment plan, therefore there's less of a chance that you'll get better. Losing hope can mean losing your battle with your illness.

  10. If you have hope, you have a reason to keep going, a reason to keep trying, a reason to keep living, and that's important. Your life has purpose beyond what you know, and you cannot achieve what you're meant to without holding onto the hope that one day you will be able to accomplish everything you're meant to. Hoping for a better tomorrow makes you feel like you are working towards something that will eventually lead to a meaningful and purpose-driven life. Without hope, it's easy to give up on all the possibilities that exist in your life, and it can be easy to succumb to your symptoms and let them swallow up your entire life.

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