Instead of dwelling on the comforts you have lost or the challenges that you are facing, look at the brighter side of life. Focus on the things that make your situation more bearable, even if they are little things. These things will comfort you and help you motivate yourself. It's also important to remember that you are not alone. Try to make your needs known to close relatives and friends. They can give you emotional support, and they can even point you toward opportunities that will help you get you through these tough times.
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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family section as "Dealing with Difficult Times" in July 2009; adapted for use in Female Network. Photo by jared mccarter via Flickr Creative Commons)