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Wednesday - Part 2

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is it possible to feel positive and encouraged (Spark Friends have been overwhelmingly wonderful!) and depressed at the same time? I think I usually tend to be one or the other. I can't express enough how happy it makes my heart feel to see a comment here or there or to know that someone is checking in with me...the fact that people do seem to really care. However, I am also feeling very stressed and very overwhelmed with everything happening at home/school. I have started noticing my coping behaviors coming out (organizing/cleaning, avoidance of problems, hiding out in my room). I want to cry and let it all out, but when that feeling hits, it is never at a good time (driving, walking kids to class, etc.) I love walking and running on my treadmill because for that 20-30 minutes I can "run away" from some of my problems and I feel pretty good about myself. I am up and moving! As soon as I step off of it, it all comes crashing back down.

I have decided to take a "mental health" sick day next Monday. I desperately need some rest and time to clear things out of my house both mentally and physically. It's hard for me to focus.
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DEEEBEE 4/12/2013 11:39PM

    We live in a very stressful time. Everything is moving faster and faster. The computer was supposed to make life easier, but instead we have even more stuff to get done. You seem to have some good insight on why you do as you do. I too think a mental health day would do you good.

In regard to your comment about encouraged vs. depressed, well, we are very complex people and we have all kinds of emotions mushed together. It's hard to sort them out sometimes.

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HAPPYMENOW58 4/10/2013 3:14PM

    Hang in there...You just sound overhelmed.....I think a mental health day will help you...I used to be a teacher..just retired last year...And I can remember jogging around a track after school with tears coming down my face!! I kept running and would put sun glasses on to hide my red face....Sometimes, just your daily stress of work and life can be so hard.....I always feel better after I exercise, but I know sometimes that can be overwhelming, too!! Try to one little change after work...such as calling a friend,email, or spark.....Have one little thing you can look forward to...just to redirect your focus!!! I could really relate to what you were saying.....I loved my job....but the stress is sometimes more than anyone imagines!!

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