I unfortunately wish I could do alot of the things others can do but usually in my times of despair, I tend to allow the positives such as these suggestions turn into chores that I cannot get enough energy to do.
I do try to do things though that really require concentration and less thought on what is hurting me such as jigsaw puzzles and cross-stitch. These tend to hold no emotional effort to them and they pass the time.
My only refuge in my darkest days is my faith and what the next day could hold. Seriously, that is what keeps my going through life. The thought that tomorrow might be the day that will change my outlook for the best. Who knows, tomorrow could be the first day of the rest of your life!
That is what gets me by.
"Faith is knowing you're in control
when your life is falling apart,
Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".