Patricia, just read your thread on stress. I know you've gotten a lot of responses and I didn't have time to read through them all. I thought I would put in my two cents. I'm a single mom and I recently went through a very bad break-up that left my life a financial mess. Work has also taken a turn for the worse with us not knowing day to day what will happen and if we will have jobs. I also suffer terrible insomnia. There are three things I do that help me cope.
1. I make exercising and eating well my TOP priority. No excuses. That means other things fall to the wayside and other parts of my life sometimes suffer. But it's that important to me.
2. I find ways to get enough rest. That means sometimes telling people "No" or rearranging my work schedule or even letting laundry pile up on a particularly stressful week.
3. Most importantly, I keep things in perspective. I understand you have all this stress from your job, but it's a job. You have to find mental exercises to leave it behind. Do whatever it takes. Meditate, cry, read, talk yourself off the ledge, check in with a friend who keeps you in check, look at someone who has a stressful job but doesn't seem stressed.
There are no easy answers and at the end of the day you have to DECIDE not to let stress ruin your life. 1322 days ago
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