How do you deal with stress?

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olivia of course
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   Posted 2/14/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I wonder if I am on the right path, but for right now I feel like my life is falling apart a little bit at a time.  I was okay with life in general for a while, then I started having anxiety/panic attacks, then the insomnia followed.  I just feel restless, I feel like I am stressed with eveything.  I don't know how to calm myself down, I am becoming a worrisome on things I have not control over and I don't like it a bit.
I guess I am also getting more anxious because I can't get the things that should get done accomplished either.  And right now, I am stressed about being stressed if you know what I mean.  I am feeling a bit stranded because I do not have a therapist I can confide it at the moment.  I just have been too overwhelmed to look for another one.  It takes more energy than I can handle.
I was doing all right, then all the sudden nothing makes sense anymore.  That's where I am at, to say the least.  Thank you for letting me vent, and maybe someone out there has something to share. confused

"Don't let your yesterday ruin your today."

shorty's girl
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   Posted 2/15/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Olivia - I understand how you feel, as I am the same way about things - I have finally learned - If I can't control it, to let it go - and the only thing I can control is me - Well, sometimes I can -
Stress can kill you - it's no joke to play with - and believe me sister, I have plenty of it in my life, between my partner, and my 16 yr old son, and my other kids that live with their dad etc etc
I just had to finally say, because I do like to be in control of things in my life - I'm not going to stress over this situation, because it's not going to change the outcome anyway..
Does that make sense?
Anyway, hang in there, and you know we are all here for you
Keep smilin' and let it go yeah
Take a hot bubble bath, give yourself a facial, do something for YOU - Because YOU DESERVE IT
Take care, Dawn

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   Posted 2/15/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi olivia, i'm sorry your having a rough time right now. are you on any meds.? they can help with the panic and stress. and exercise i do for panic is breath in through my nose and out through my mouth. not to much. just 4 or 5 times. it helps calm you. or go to a quite place and lay down by yourself if you can. lots of people can make me panic. hope you feel better soon. hang in there. me :-)

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   Posted 2/15/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree with tiny....some meds can help with stress/anxiety/panic...i like to think of meds as the short term answer..."just for now"..the "pams" help.....and getting out to walk for half hour a yourself...helps too.....lots of sleep is very hour at a time til u do not feel so overwhelmed...hope that helps

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   Posted 2/16/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
i love you!  :-)    you can talk yourself into and out of almost anything - and do!
my cyber-sister, in the end the only thing we can control in our lives is how we feel.  us fortunate ones with mental illness may need some meds to balance some chemical imballanes - but in the end, it is always our choice.
let's say you were flying in an airplane at 20,000 feet and all of a sudden the plane banks and you fall out. without a parachute.  you have two choices.  you can curse the pilot and the plane and your mother and father and your siblings and god.  OR you could turn around and view the most beautiful sunset you will ever see and get engrossed in the differing greens of  the foliage below and the beauty of the blueness of the river below - and you could do this fo the rest of your life.  i submit that these are the choices all of us have made since we fell out of our mother's womb.
That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.
Some day you'll learn that a good bm is better than sex.
Insanity is defined as doing the same actions over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

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   Posted 2/17/2007 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
"since we fell out our mothers womb" lol thanks for reminding me of that warren, you could have just said "since we were born" tongue

olivia,do you not have anything you do when things get like that? Take a break from it all,a couple of days off work and do something you like doing,or have a small holiday? Maybe anti-anxiety meds would help,but if you were ok recently it's probably just a phase and will go as quick as it came,i hope you get better soon.

olivia of course
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   Posted 2/20/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone for all your responses.  I am sorry for venting as a I did, I go through moments like that several times a year.  I guess, it has been a while since the last time I freaked out.  It's weird, every time seems completely different from the previous.
I guess for a short while, I was confused confused  about where my life was heading.  I  panicked about it, and fealt like it wasn't going anywhere.  Plus, I just recently lost my car (in a wreck), lost both my therapist and psychiatrist, had to move back home after 5 years of being away (i'm 27), can't work or finish school (only 6 classes left) sad .  It all happened so fast, and pretty much within 2 weeks of each other, that something had to give.
I am okay now, I have made a few changes to adjust to the new life, and I feel better already.  I have not had a chance to look for a new therapist or pdoc because I have not made the time or effort, but I think there is no time life the present.
Plus, I discovered recently that I have control issues, if things don't work out I get very angry mad .   I am learning that I can only control a small % of what happens in my life.  I can try/and control what I say or do, and that is it.  Anything that is outside of me, is outside of my control.  It was and still is a little hard to accept, but that's the way life goes.
I am suppost to meet with my former therapist to try to find a new one tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes.

"Don't let your yesterday ruin your today."

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