I'm going crazy.
April 20, 2012 2:46 PM Subscribe
In the past three weeks I've gone from working 23 hours a week to 53 hours a week, and having 2-3 days off a week to having maybe one day off every 3 weeks if I'm lucky. How do I handle the resulting stress?
posted by Autumn to work & money (4 answers total)
I took up a second job to support myself through school. It was fine at first, then I started feeling increasingly more stressed out about going to work, especially during the days when I work both jobs. It's gotten to the point where if I have to drive myself to work, which isn't often because I'm a new driver and try to space that out, I get buried under the stress of going into work and call off. This has only happened once so far, but I can feel it happening again tonight. This is a pattern in myself I've seen happen with school (but not work yet) I do great, but if the stress gets too high I crawl into bed and don't get out. Then I feel even more down on myself for forgetting that once I get there I'm usually fine.
I know that if the calling off keeps up I'm going to end up shooting myself in the foot financially or I'm going to end up losing a job entirely. Anyone who went from a low-hour part time job with lots of time off to full-time + hours, please please tell me how you handled this without going crazy. I'm seeing a psychiatrist right now and I know it would probably help but I can't afford a therapist. My school is 100% online so they don't offer free facilities like that.