"Things have been a bit rocky lately."
That's what we say when times are tough.
It's been harder to get through the day. Like a path that's difficult to walk on.
Simply recognizing that the road is rocky means you've seen smoother times.
Rocky. A rough road. But not impassable.
Harder to walk through. But possible to walk through.
Not something you'd want to have to do all the time. But doable.
A road always leads somewhere.