Need ultra-short-term crisis strategies for staying emotionally level.
January 13, 2013 7:40 AM Subscribe
The past 3 days I have somehow managed to enter a perfect storm of personal stress. I am looking for any kind of thought-pattern-y strategies that I can use in a pinch to tell myself, so that at least temporarily, I might hold off constant weepiness.
posted by bitterkitten to health & fitness (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Last Monday, I had abdominal surgery, which went really well. I have been recovering a-ok. I had a friend watching me for most of that time. However, since Friday
1. I no longer have a friend hanging out to observe me, which would have been fine if
2. I had not somehow contracted a cold in the last 24 hours, despite having almost no human contact (my fault for going to the grocery store for a couple things, I guess), and most importantly
3. I retrieved my cat from being boarded at my vet (which I only did because my friend is really allergic) and my cat was completely freaked out. The boarding, as boardings go, for vets, is pretty nice. It's like a mini cat hotel, with fairly decent sized rooms for the cats to hang out in, individually, and not be bothered much except for the sounds of the other animals nearby. But perhaps her being 13+ years old with mild kidney disease was just too much stress for her. She stopped eating her regular food, and they were able to get her to eat some other kind, but now she won't eat that either. I am preparing to take her back to get bloodwork and what not done pronto. But my question is -
are there any kind of mental tools you guys have that I could use to tell myself, that have been useful to you in the past, so I can stay reasonably calm and not get ultra upset at the moment? I just feel so physically crap from the combination of factors, and the fact that these signs seem to point to the same problem that killed my last cat, that I am having difficulty not just starting to cry and not stop. I understand that's it's reasonable to be upset, but unless it's going to be that time for ms. kitty, I feel like my body can't afford to be wigging out just yet.
(Also: I'd rather not take any medication for this since I just spent several days trying to purge anaesthesia meds from my body, oof).
Thanks much, mefiters.