Hello to 2021! Finding hope in this new year.
Hope goes hand in hand with faith.
For instance, when you have faith in God, yourself, and others whom you trust, hope seems to be found in the mix.
During 2020, while living within a pandemic, hope sometimes was the only thing you had to cling to.
Hope there would be an end to this virus that’s been affecting our entire planet now for almost one year.
With Operation Warp Speed, the private sector worked with our government to produce vaccines in a time frame that was unheard of.
Whether you will take the vaccine or not, it is one of the things giving the planet hope.
The therapeutics that are out there as well give hope. They help when doctors actually prescribe them.
I heard before Christmas from Alex Azar, the US Director of Health and Human Services, there are many doses of the monoclonal antibodies in a stockpile.
Doctors around our nation are not giving them to people. As a former nurse, I pay close attention to the science and what is going on in our medical world.
I’m here to tell you, if you do get COVID-19, ask your doctor to prescribe the free monoclonal antibodies immediately. They are given per IV so you would need to get them at an infusion center, like in a hospital.
When given at the beginning of COVID-19, the infusion will help keep a person out of the hospital. This is hope.
I have found in the medical world; you need to be your own advocate or have someone close to you be your advocate.
Because my parents are in the vulnerable category, my hope and prayers are, they will receive the vaccine soon.
A goal I have kept my sight on, is their 70th wedding anniversary on February 11th. As soon as they have been given both doses of the vaccine, I will fly there to help celebrate with them. My Mom’s 89th birthday is on February 6th as well.
If you’ve been reading my articles now for a while, you know I’m a person with hope. I have my moments when it’s waning.
Only, I know, with my faith and commitment to living my life in as much joy as I can and inspiring others to do the same, I shift myself out of any negativity as quickly as I can.
As I looked up hope, here are 6 tips a psychologist gives to help increase hope:
- Find a clear path. Being able to see how the steps you are taking will lead to desired change is critical to having hope.
- Look for role models who have found solutions. There are many, many people who have overcome tremendous adversity.
- Do what you know you can do. When you are in despair, taking one step that is out of your routine can help break the sense of powerlessness you have.
- Perform an act of kindness. Doing acts of kindness can have a dramatic effect on your mood and outlook.
- Turn to your faith. Your faith can be a strong ally in holding on to hope.
- Practice mindfulness while doing acts of kindness and in your everyday life. Your thoughts may naturally wander to the past and focus on events that didn’t work out or other situations that were painful. That will often add to your depression and hopelessness. Shift your mindset as soon as possible!
Finally, as we have now entered the new year, find hope this year will be much different than 2020.
As a result of you taking the time to write things down that you want in 2021, you will be helping yourself move toward achieving the things on your list.
Happy, healthy, abundant, joyful and a hopeful, 2021 to you!
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PS. Here’s a photo of my parents my sister took on Christmas Day 2020. It makes me so happy they both look happy and healthy!
I miss them so much.