Jezzabelle - my heart goes out to you darling. I have also found that stressful situations contribute to the problem. Some people have suggested yoga to release some of the tensions. They say that the toxins that build up in your body during these stressful times can be broken down with the yoga positions. I have also found some natural healing wellness clinics to be of assistance. there is a procedure in which your feet are soaked in some sort of solution that pulls toxins out of the body through the feet. I don't know the truth about it because I have not researched it thoroughly, but if the concept can help you, run with it...(ha ha ha...no pun intended)
As we're all finding out, we have friends here, even if we'll never get to hug them and say thanks in person. But, you definitely have shoulders to cry out to. I hope you feel better, and if these people can't stick with you in your hardest times, you're better off without anyways.
I was just reading about the difference between men and women and how they deal with stress. When they were polled, men said to reduce stress they engaged in some kind of physical sport such as running, basketball, biking, skiing, etc. Women reduced stress by... talking to close friends and family!
So that's pretty much what I do. I agree also with AmandaJane about friends and yoga. Yoga is supposed to reduce stress. I am going to try it. I also think taking a walk by myself helps me to relax.
Also, you just can't control certain things. That sucks out a lot of emotional energy. Go with the flow!
"Stress doesn't exist until you create it" - chinese proverb Glenda