I have been reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin for a couple months now. I highly recommend it if you are interested in political biographies and/or the American Civil War from the perspective of the North, though you might need to take a break every once in awhile (it’s really long and very detailed! I’ve paused and read a couple light novels in between).
There is a lot of inspiration to be found in Team of Rivals and the historical andecotes and political profiles it provides. Goodwin often talks about how Lincoln was very self-aware and took whatever actions he needed to in order to keep his spirits and his hope high. She references current research to explain why having hope is key in troubling times:
” ‘Having hope,’ writes Daniel Goleman in his study of emotional intelligence, ‘means that one will not give in to overwhelming anxiety, a defeatist attitude, or depression in the face of difficult challenges or setbacks.’ Hope is ‘more than the sunny view that everything will turn out all right’; it is ‘believing you have the will and the way to accomplish your goals.’ ”
You can do it! Never lose hope!