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4 Unusual ways to beat hard days

Originally published by Aleteia, re-published with their permission

What we’re are tempted to do when things get hard often doesn’t help — but these things can.

If you are alive and a human, I can guarantee that you have hard days. Sometimes something as small as a mixture of bad weather and a few frustrating encounters with people can turn your day sour. But there’s often more at play, too. Depression and anxiety are huge problems worldwide, and most people with mental health problems remain untreated. You may struggle from one of these disorders and not even know it. That being said, whether you’re struggling with a bout of real depression, or just having a lousy day, there are proven ways to make your day better.The temptation most of us have when we experience sadness is to focus inward and dwell on what is going wrong. And the best way to get out of that rut is to turn outward instead. One way to do that is to do something constructive when you feel like you need to do something to numb the pain. Binge watching Netflix or getting some kind of buzz will not help, as that only relieves the ache temporarily, and leaves you feeling just as sad when the experience is over. Instead, try creating something. If you can’t summon up enough energy to do an activity  you would normally love to do, explore something new.

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