Feeling stuck in a place of hopelessness makes life really tough. Fortunately, there are some things you can do when you feel hopeless to make life a bit better no matter how bad things might seem. Whether you feel hopeless about your ability to get out of debt or you feel hopeless about almost everything in life, hopelessness is an awful feeling.

Hopelessness is a powerful emotion that often contributes to a dark or low mood and may adversely affect the way one perceives the self, other individuals, personal circumstances, and even the world. Often hopelessness can have a significant influence on human behavior, as it may reflect an individual’s negative view of the future. 

Feelings of hopelessness can often lead an individual to lose interest in important objects, activities, events, or people. Someone who has become hopeless may no longer value things that were once important. The emotion is often associated with a lack of inspiration as well as feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, abandonment, captivity, oppression, and isolation. Numerous studies indicate that hopelessness is closely linked to poor mental, emotional, and physical health.

There is hope for living each and every moment of life, each and every day. But, some people struggle with hopelessness. Here are 10 reasons why people lose hope, getting triggered towards hopelessness:

You feel alone/abandoned

Life seems out of control

You don’t see a purpose

Grieving a loss

You don’t have what you need

You’ve done something wrong

Deeply wounded by someone

Pulled in the wrong direction

Hounded by fear

When it looks like defeat

Hopelessness can be distinguished by inhibited motivation, a lack of interest, negative thoughts about the future, or a negative view of the self. These feelings may become worse depending on a person’s mood.

Never Give Up

There is much reason for hope, even when you can't see it at first. You can accidentally short-circuit hopelessness thoughts by flipping a page in a book and unexpectedly getting an idea that gives you a different perspective. The unexpected can happen in other ways, such as your depression may spontaneously lift. However, your best bet is to deal with hopelessness thinking by learning about this enemy and its points of vulnerability. Then work to weaken the vulnerable points until hopelessness thinking fades.

Depression rarely lifts in an eye blink. Nevertheless, you can teach yourself to see beyond the veils of darkness, and to accept (maybe not like) parts of what you see.

The smallest acts of change can make a big difference. If nothing else, you’ve shown yourself that you have not given up. Your whole life situation can’t be hopeless. By acting to toss the weight of hopelessness thinking from your shoulders, you’ve opened the gates of hope for yourself.