In the Quran, we have numerous prophets (peace be upon them) and with each of them, comes numerous stories. From Prophet Adam, to Prophet Abraham, to Prophet Jesus, to Prophet Mohammad. You know what they all had in common? They started out as shepherds and then were chosen to bring truth to the people. They weren't blessed with an easy life--they were given the hardest ones. They were tried over and over again: mentally, physically, emotionally. They were prosecuted, had their families turned them away, they were beaten, cursed on, and asked to make the greatest personal sacrifices. And there were times when they gave up hope. Times when they succumbed to a sin. But you know what? They always turned back to Allah (swt) and kept on believing. Even when it was the hardest thing to do.
What does that tell us? SubhanAllah, the prophets were just like us. They weren't anyone special. They made mistakes. And yet they underwent so much and are looked up to as role models. For a reason. Their stories are to tell us that no matter how bad it gets, we will rise back. That out sins aren't ever too big to not be forgiven. That our hardships aren't our breaking points. That our fears and guilts are normal. We just need to remember that Allah will always be there for us, and we must keep him in our hearts. Even if it's just the faintest whisper, inshAllah it will be strength enough to come back from what ever struggles we're facing.
So no matter how bad it looks, it truly isn't the end of the world. Read a Surah or just an Aya, even if your heart isn't into it. Because Allah's words and the prophets' stories have a funny way of bringing the heart around to the beauty and comfort of Islam.