As Christmas is coming up most people think of lavish gifts and a perfectly decorated Christmas tree forgetting that there's a more consequential reality that other less fortunate people are facing out in the freezing, unbearable weather. 

Hardships can be, well, hard and as much as we would like to ignore these struggles, it’s an inevitable part of life we just can’t ignore. From love to money, it can seem to us that everything has fallen apart in our lives. But 'hardships' is an eminently broad topic that comes in every shape and form; your personal, work, social and home life. However, don’t let this put a damper on your happiness because we should all know that to feel happiness, we need to experience pain, only then will we feel the real satisfaction of joy and indulge in it.

Whatever life may throw at us, there’s always a way to handle it and in some slightly more severe cases, cope with these situations. For example in the UK at least 320,000 people are homeless. This doesn’t mean that all those people don’t live in a home; it could also be that they are at risk of homelessness as some people who live in the most deprived areas of the UK live on a mere £5 for five days.

According to the Money Advice Service (MAS), 8.3 million UK families are living in debt. People often land into debt in the first place because they need financial help, though, other factors come into play when trying to break out of this vicious and unbreakable cycle. It may seem that whatever step you take to try and break out of this, will just end up with you digging a bigger grave for yourself but factors can include being made redundant, skirting financial issues and spending money where you don’t have it.

At the end of the day you will encounter hardships on a day-to-day basis, however, there are ways to tackle these problems. Always get help if you know you aren’t able to cope with these situations. And keep in mind: the tougher the lesson, the bigger the blessing.

By Eisher Aujla