I think I'll move to Australia.
November 22, 2011 5:11 PM Subscribe
Stress is starting to hurt me. What can I do? How can I dramatically reduce stress in my life? And/or take a budget vacation?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (21 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
So I have a lot of stress in my life.
I am late 20s. In graduate school (6 years through PhD grind, barely making any money). In the middle of a divorce. Abusive parents are dead, so am only family member who gives a shit/can provide any support for severely mentally ill and, as of 2 weeks ago, imprisoned sibling. I also have to move in the next month. With my pets. Also clinically depressed. Yes. Cool, right?
The latest wrinkle--imprisoned sibling debacle in the middle of divorce--is fucking crushing me, and I can tell because my body is falling apart. My skin is a mess, I am getting yeast infections for the first time EVER, I threw my back out, also for the first time ever, I'm exhausted all the time, and, probably understandably, depressed. And I'm so overburdened that even relatively minor irritants are sending me through the roof. I don't have any resilience left. What can I do to build it back up?
I am in therapy and on meds. I get regular massages. I am joining roller derby (!!!!) I know I should also just sort of hermit a little and force myself to eat scrupulously well and sleep on a regular schedule, though the depression makes that hard and adding "rules" just adds more stress.
So, ugh, what should I do? With a lot of "givens"--a low income, a fucked up family, some personal drama--how do I reduce stress in gentle ways that don't just add expectations and pressure? How do I climb out of this stress hole? What other kinds of things (like massage) could I add in?
Or, alternately, how can I afford a cheap, relaxing vacation for a couple weeks this winter? Preferably somewhere not cold?