How to stop making self sick with anxiety?
January 13, 2006 4:42 PM Subscribe
How to stop making self sick with anxiety? So today I found a file from my boss among the stacks of paper on my desk. It had a sticker on it referring to a very fixed deadline for an important application. A deadline that had already passed!!!
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I spent all day in an emotional tailspin. My boss is traveling, but I was dreading telling him about overlooking the file (I can't understand how I did it). I called my mom and told her all about it, I placed an emergency call to my shrink to ask to talk it over with him if he had a few minutes and I left a message for my sister. In my mind, I've made "another huge mistake" and this proves I'm "incompetent" "stupid" "will never be successful" etc. Basically, I was feeling like my life and future were now "over."
So when my boss finally calls I tell him about the missed deadline and he's just like, "no worries, I decided not to apply because there wasn't enough time."
I am so sick of being so stressed out all of the time! I overeact about everything. Then I irritate my friends, family and doctor, who are always privy to my latest crisis. I have a hard time finding a boyfriend, and I wonder if it's because anxiety isn't a very appealing quality. I just wish I wouldn't overreact about things, but the feelings just take on a life of their own. I find work SO stressful because I have a lot of responsibility for scheduling, prioritizing and tracking priority items and deadlines. I also work for a perfectionist, so that just plays into my "stress response." I feel if I could just RELAX every area of my life would improve: friendships, romance, work, etc.
Please tell me I'm not the only one dealing with such issues. I feel like a freak. Also, do you have any advice for me?