Overcoming Discouragement

Prayer in Taizé church


We all face times of discouragement. These times drag us down, and make us feel worthless and ineffective. If you search the internet you will find many lists and hints on how to overcome discouragement. I have compiled my short list from what is already out there. Give it some consideration, and add or subtract from it. This little list helps me, and I hope it will encourage you as well.


  • Remember some past victories.
  • Keep an encouragement file.
  • Get moving.
  • Take a break.
  • Grab lunch with someone who encourages you.
  • Don’t spend too much time with people who discourage you.
  • Work on something new.
  • Clean up your work space.
  • Confide in someone.
  • Learn something new.
  • Encourage someone else.
  • Get some sleep.
  • Get some time alone.
  • Pray.
  • Attend a worship service.
  • Watch a comedy.


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