In light of recent events, it’s easy to lose hope that there will be better days ahead especially since everything is uncertain. However, hope has a subtle effect on our mental health, no matter if we’re aware of it or not.
Having hope is linked to healthier coping with negative events and improved well-being of individuals. Resilience is shown to be the bridge between hope and mental health, as resilient people bounce back faster- retaining hope about what is to come positively.
A few things you can do to cultivate hope to reduce anxiety about the future include practicing gratitude when you can and reframing negative thoughts. As Pantheon in God of War says: “Hope is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.”