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Whatever the situation, there is always a reason for hope. Hope can provide a sense of purpose. This, in itself, may help you feel better.

What you hope for likely changes with time. If you have been told that a cure may not be possible, you can hope for other things such as comfort, peace, acceptance - even joy.

Tips to help build a sense of hope including the following:

  • Each day:
    • Set achievable goals to look forward to
    • Find small things in life to look forward to
    • Do as many of the things you like to do as you can. Engage in at least one pleasurable activity
    • Plan your days as you have always done. If that is not possible, start a new daily routine.
  • Set dates and events to look forward to. 
  • Plan something to get your mind off your situation.
  • Do not impose limits on yourself - or let others impose limits on you.
  • Look for reasons to hope, while staying aware of what is at hand.
  • Cultivate supportive relationships with caring, supportive people.
  • As the saying goes, "buy green bananas." Invest time and energy on projects that will take a reasonable amount of time to complete. 

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