When things get really stressful, it is time to first look after yourself.
Over the last four weeks I have had some major things to deal with. My god-daughter was born and had to go straight into NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit). Then my sister’s baby was born and also had to go straight into NICU. I got a severe allergic reaction – I still don’t know the cause. Just after that I discovered that my mom has got skin cancer. And yesterday I had another severe allergic reaction and now I need to have tests done.
I have never coped well with stress, and this is just too much for me. As a result my home looks like a disaster area. My grocery shopping is behind. I have missed days at work, and I really care about my job. I have not exercised in weeks – and I love my exercise. I have started to snap at people for the simplest reasons.
What can I do to reduce my stress, or just to relax?
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I live on my own and have many lovely and caring friends, but even so I often find myself feeling lonely and tearful.
I have problems sleeping and often lie awake thinking very dark and scary thoughts.
Sports have always helped me to cope, but I am struggling with recent injuries that are taking long to heal.
I have also lost my job on two occasions and because things are so quiet at work at the moment, I am worried that it will happen again.