Going through hard times is one of those things we all deal with. Whether it's just having a bad week, or grieving the loss of a loved one, it's hard to go through. I think it's important to focus on the positive things in life during those times, otherwise you get caught in a downward spiral that can be hard to get out of. If you've been down for a while, definitely consider professional help from a counselor or psychologist. Emotional pain can be just as real and painful, if not more so, than physical pain. It's just as real and just as worthy of being treated by a medical professional as a physical disorder. Here are some of my suggestions for keeping your spirits up while you're going through a hard time:
Focus on your blessings, and be actively thankful. Take the time to notice those blessings. It might be something as small as noticing a little, beautiful butterfly that briefly landed next to you. If you don't take the time to notice it, though, that little blessing can slip by without having the chance to encourage you. Write these things down so that you don't forget that even when things seem to be going all wrong, there are always blessings around you, sometimes it just takes you making the effort to focus and notice them.
Do something for someone else. Help a stranger with the door, make a care package for a friend living far away, volunteer, put some change in someone's expired meter. Helping someone else will take the focus off yourself and your own pain. And you're spreading positivity and happiness around!
Exercise! Get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Even if you feel like staying in bed forever, get up and get moving. Don't allow the negative feedback loop of laziness and feeling bummed keep you stuck in sadness. Your body can help you to feel more positive, you just have to let it do it's thing! Go for a bike ride, take a yoga class, find a workout video on hulu, go for a hike, take a walk on the beach... just get your body moving.
Be a tourist for a day and take a little road trip to a nearby town. See the world with different eyes to get out of your own head. Just getting away from your usual haunts can help you to reset your mind and see things differently. It can be really refreshing to be in a new place where you know you won't run into anyone you know and just explore freely.