I am reaching out today because I am having trouble with extreme avoidance. For about a year now, I have been in a (seemingly) constant state of stress and upheaval. I do well for sometimes a month or so at a time, keeping up with everything I am trying to do then seem to hit a wall where I can tell if I don't give myself a break (sleep, avoid) that I'm going to fall into destructive patterns.
the problem is, I notice that the avoiding and sleeping are a destructive pattern, themselves. I have been unable to find work, am in the process of trying to find a place to live (will not have one shortly), applying for public assistance, trying to figure out how to finance the last 4 credits of my college degree-- basically, it feels like there is a never-ending list of "to-dos" so telling myself I just need to get through x, y, and z so things can calm down is no longer an effective option. But if I start avoiding, again, I know I am going to make my situation more stressful and aggravated.
Have any of you had this issue? What did you do to try and manage the situation of peaked stress while also maintaining your mental health? Would really appreciate some feedback/ideas :)