How to stay encouraged in difficult times – Part 2

How to stay encouraged in difficult times: At some point in our lives, we all encounter challenging situations that can test our resilience.  Whether it is dealing with a personal crisis, financial trouble, or coping with the uncertainties of a global pandemic.  It is normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious and discouraged during difficult times.  However, it is essential to keep in mind that such times are temporary, we can take steps to remain motivated and maintain a positive mindset.

Building upon our previous article on how to stay encouraged in difficult times, the purpose of this piece is to offer practical advice on maintaining a positive outlook in difficult times. By implementing these strategies, you can build your resilience, overcome adversity, and emerge stronger from difficult times.

We have previously examined the concept of discouragement and encouragement. We discussed the definition in detail which involves feeling disheartened, demotivated, and disappointed when faced with difficult circumstances.  We also delved into the various emotions associated with discouragement.

In addition, we have previously explored the concept of discouragement and the various forms of encouragement, which can originate from within ourselves or from external sources.  While our previous article focused on the personal factor of encouragement, this piece will delve into the external factor of encouragement. Lastly, we will provide sources of encouragement and a brief summary on “how to stay encouraged in difficult times”.

How to stay Encouraged in difficult times: The strategies of Encouragement

Encouragement can come from both our own self (discussed in the previous article) and from others

Encouragement from others

It refers to the act of receiving motivation and support from other people during a challenging time.  Encouragement from others can be helpful in both internal (setbacks, failures, challenges) and external factors (global crisis and unexpected life events)

Here are some strategies for receiving encouragement from others:

Seek out a positive relationship

Seeking out positive relationships is an important part of building a supportive and fulfilling life.  Building a positive relationship can takes time and effort. It is important to be patient and persistent in your efforts to connect with others.  By seeking out positive relationships, you can build a supportive network of people who can help you navigate life’s challenges.  Here are some tips for finding and maintaining positive relationships:

  • Identify your values: Think about your core values and what you are looking for in a relationship. This can help you identify people who share your values and are likely to be a positive influence in your life.
  • Be yourself: When meeting new people, be authentic and true to yourself. This will help you attract people who appreciate and respect you for who you are.
  • Build mutual trust and respect:  Trust and respect are essential components of positive relationships.  Work on building trust and respect with the people in your life by being reliable, honest, and supportive.
  • Communicate openly and honestly: Effective communication is key to building and maintaining positive relationships.  Be open and honest with the people in your life and encourage them to do the same.
  • Practice empathy and compassion: Try to understand other people’s perspectives and feelings, and show empathy and compassion when they are struggling.
  • Set healthy boundaries:  Setting healthy boundaries is important for maintaining positive relationships.  Be clear about your needs and expectations, and respect the needs and boundaries of others.

Talk to friends and family

Talking to friends and family can be a great way to seek support, share your feelings, and maintain positive relationships.  Here are some tips for talking to friends and family:

  • Choose the right time and place: Make sure you have privacy and a quiet space to talk.  Choose a time when both you and the other person are feeling calm and focused.
  • Be clear about your needs:  Be clear about what you need from the other person, whether it is a listening ear, advice, or emotional support.
  • Be open and honest:  Share your thoughts and feeling openly and honestly, even if is difficult.  This can help build trust and strengthen your relationship.
  • Practice active listening: When the other person is speaking, focus on listening actively and attentively. Show that you’re engaged by asking a question and reflecting back what you have listened.
  • Be respectful and empathetic:  Respect the other person’s feelings and perspectives, even if you don’t agree with them.  Try to understand their point of view and show empathy for their struggles.
  • Set boundaries: If you need to set boundaries or limits on the conversation, do so respectfully and clearly.

Express vulnerability

Expressing vulnerability can be a powerful way to build deeper and more meaningful connections with others.  Expressing vulnerability can be challenging, but it can also be a powerful way to build trust, deepen connections, and strengthen relationships. Here are some tips for expressing vulnerability:

  • Start small: Begin by sharing something small or relatively low risk, such as a minor fear or insecurity.  This can help build your confidence and comfort level with vulnerability.
  • Choose the right person:  Choose someone you trust and feel comfortable with, and who has demonstrated empathy and understanding in the past.
  • Be honest:  share your thoughts and feeling honestly, even if they are difficult or uncomfortable.
  • Use “I” statements Use “I” statement to express how you feel, rather than placing blame or making assumptions about the other person.
  • Practice active listening:  When the other person responds, listen actively and attentively.  Show that you are engaged by asking questions and reflecting back on what you have heard.
  • Be patient:  It may take time for the other person to respond or fully understand your vulnerability.  Be patient and open to their response.

Seek mentorship

Seeking mentorship can be a great way to gain guidance, support, and insights from someone who has more experience or expertise in a particular area.  Here are some tips for finding and working with a mentor:

  • Look for someone with relevant experience:  Seek out someone who has experience and expertise in the area you are looking to develop.
  • Identify your goals: Before seeking a mentor, be clear about what you hope to achieve and what specific areas you need guidance in.
  • Reach out to potential mentors: Approach potential mentors with a clear, concise request for guidance and support.  Explain why you are seeking mentorship and how you hope they can help you.
  • Be respectful of their time: Recognize that monitors are busy people, and be respectful of their time and schedule.  Set clear expectations for how often you will meet and what you hope to accomplish in each meeting.
  • Be open and receptive to feedback: Mentors can provide valuable feedback and insights.  It is important to be open and receptive to their guidance.
  • Follow up and show gratitude:  After each meeting with your mentor, follow up with a thank you note or email Show gratitude for their time and insights, and let them know how their guidance has helped you.

Attend support

Attending support groups can be a helpful way to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, gain new perspectives and coping strategies, and feel less isolated.  Here are some tips for finding and attending support groups:

  • Identify your needs: Identify your needs and goals.  What specific challenges or issues are you facing?  What type of support would be most helpful?
  • Look for local resources:  Search online or through local directories for support groups in your area.
  • Attend meetings regularly:  Attending support group meetings on a regular basis can help you feel more connected to the group and build stronger relationships with other members.
  • Participate actively: Share your experiences and perspectives with the groups. Be open to listening to others. Active participation can help you feel more connected and supported.
  • Respect the group’s rules and norms: Each support group may have different rules or norms for participation, confidentiality, and sharing.  Respect these guidelines and boundaries to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone.
  • Consider online options: If there are no local support groups that meet your needs, consider online support groups or forums.  These can be a great way to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, even if they are not in your local area.

Seek professional help

Seeking professional help can be an important step in addressing mental health concerns and getting the support you need.  Here are some tips for seeking professional help:

  • Recognize the signs: It is important to recognize when you may need professional help.  Signs may include persistent feelings of sadness or anxiety, changes in sleep or appetite, difficulty functioning at work or in relationships, or thoughts of self-harm.
  • Research providers:  Look for licensed mental health professionals who specialize in the type of support you need.
  • Collaborate with your provider:  Work collaboratively:  Work collaboratively with your provider to develop a treatment plan. Keep scheduling appointments and be honest and open about your concerns and symptoms.
  • Follow through with treatment:  Stick to your treatment plan and attend a follow-up appointment as recommended.

Practice self-care, engage in activities

Engaging in self-care activities is an important part of maintaining good mental and overall well-being.  The tips for practicing self care are same as described in part 1 of Encouragement by Own self.

Get feedback

Getting feedback is an important part of personal growth and development. Here are some tips for getting feedback:

  • Be open to feedback: Be open to receiving feedback, even if it may be difficult to hear.  Recognize that feedback can help you grow and improve.
  • Ask for feedback: Ask for feedback from others, such as friends, family, coworkers, or mentors.  Be specific about what you are seeking feedback on.
  • Listen actively: When receiving feedback, listen actively and avoid becoming defensive.  Ask clarifying questions and seek to understand the other person’s perspective.
  • Consider the feedback: Take time to reflect on the feedback you receive.  Consider what resonates with you and what may not be applicable.
  • Take Action: Use the feedback to make positive changes in your behavior or actions.  Set goals for improvement and track your progress.

Practice gratitude

Gratitude can also be a powerful tool for receiving encouragement from others.  Here are some tips for practicing gratitude in the perspective of encouragement from others:

  • Express gratitude to others: Take time to express gratitude to others for their support, encouragement, and kindness.  This can help build and strengthen relationships and increase feelings of positivity and happiness.
  • Focus on the positive: Instead of dwelling on negative feedback or criticism, focus on the positive feedback and endorsement you receive from others.  Express gratitude for their support and recognition of your accomplishments.
  • Accept compliments gracefully: When receiving compliments or praise from others, accept them graciously and express gratitude for the recognition.  Avoid deflecting or minimizing the compliment, as this can diminish the impact of positive feedback.
  • Seek out support and encouragement: seek out supportive relationships with family, friends, mentors, or coaches who can provide encouragement and support.  Express gratitude for their willingness to help and support you.
  • Pay it forward: Use the encouragement and support you receive from others to motivate and encourage others.  Express gratitude for the opportunity to support and encourage others.

How to stay Encouraged in difficult times: The Source of Encouragement

The source of encouragement can come from various places and people.  Here are some common sources of encouragement:

  • Positive self-talk
  • Friends and family
  • Mentors and role models
  • Support groups
  • Books, articles, and podcasts that focus on personal growth, resilience, and overcoming challenges.

How to stay encouraged in difficult times: Consequently to observation and a detailed discussion, here we present the summary on the subject.

Staying encouraged in difficult times requires a combination of encouragement by self and encouragement from others. Encouragement by self involves developing a positive mindset, focusing on self-care, setting realistic goals, and celebrating small achievements.  Encouragement from others can provide emotional support, practical advice, and a sense of connection.

Whether you are dealing with personal factors such as setbacks, failures, and challenges, or external factors such as a global crisis or unexpected life events, it is important to reach out to others and build a supportive network.  By doing so you can find the resources and guidance you need to navigate difficult times and emerge stronger and more resilient.

Life is not always a bed of roses.  There will be times when we face difficult situations and feel discouraged. However, it is important to remember that we have the inner strength to overcome these challenges and emerge stronger than before. In these times, we need encouragement and support from ourselves and others to stay resilient and motivated.

Developing a positive mindset, practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and building a support network can help us cope with difficult times.  It is also important to practice mindfulness, gratitude, and self-reflection to stay centered and focused.  By utilizing these strategies and resources we can navigate the challenges of life and find the strength and preservice to overcome any obstacle.


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