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No, really, you shouldn't have

How do I react to someone else's emotional labor? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Jul 23, 2015 - 36 answers

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 16, 2015 - 17 answers

How to stop visiting parents so frequently?

Both my parents and parents-in-laws are in the same city. The same city we're in. We feel overwhelmed with the once-a-week visits. How do we mitigate their expectations that we visit so frequently? A storm of culture-specific and special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Jun 10, 2015 - 29 answers

What are some natural remedies for adult acne?

I am a 27 year-old woman and have had acne for the past two and a half years. I have tried an oral antibiotic and two prescription creams (all very expensive and ineffective), and am looking for other routes to treatment. I am looking for any holistic remedies, such as products to use topically, and dietary and lifestyle measures. Any advice is welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on May 28, 2015 - 58 answers

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on May 25, 2015 - 33 answers

Busywork is just too busy

Calling all workplace psychologists: is it better to grumble or pretend to be cheerful? [more inside]
posted by superfish on May 22, 2015 - 39 answers

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings on May 20, 2015 - 39 answers

I'm going to quit this job, what do I do next?

I have been working this temp job for about 3 1/2 months. It has been pretty consistently awful. [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on May 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Dealing with the stress of a court process which may take time?

We are involved in a court process which may take some time to complete. The stress is getting to me. How can I deal with this better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Please help me rationalize the decision of not becoming friends

After a lot of inner turmoil and stress and hair pulling, I've come to the conclusion that I don't really want to hang out with a group of people that I feel like I'm expected to be close friends with. Please help me rationalize/justify OR change my mind about this decision because I think I'm going mildly crazy over it. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup on Apr 23, 2015 - 32 answers

Advice needed on phased return to work due to work related stress UK

I could really do with some advice on my rights for a phased return to work after absence due to work related stress, complicated by chronic fatigue syndrome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2015 - 3 answers

In which we make me a less nervous person.

I have now three times in my life developed stress-activated autoimmune problems. The first two times were during huge life changes, and the conditions completely abated after a few months, but today I just got diagnosed with another one, yet there is nothing specifically stressful happening right now. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Help, I've got a type-I hypersensitivity to studying

I've been studying full-time (and then some) for board exams. I am enjoying this study period and I think my schedule is pretty balanced and healthy, but the rest of my body doesn't agree. I'm breaking out in hives and feel like I'm an overall inflammed state (think general urticaria, hives, ulcers, 熱氣). Help me push through these next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How do I deal with this?

I’m 24 (but I feel like I am 65) years old and I live with my 56 (but emotionally 16) year old mother. We’re facing financial ruin over something that seems insignificant. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Apr 9, 2015 - 30 answers

What do when living a meaningful life is expensive?

I am struggling with the lack of meaning and purpose in my life lately and, consequently, with my Computer Science coursework. I am feeling somewhat depressed, winter blues, etc., but I feel like I am going the wrong direction with my life and I have had that nagging feeling ever since I started at school again. I took this path to raise money for pursuing future studies in Psychology, but it has been a huge struggle so far. What should I do? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Mar 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Isolating myself as a reaction to work stress

I have a problem with work stress. It causes me to isolate myself and not want to go out and meet people and do fun stuff. I'd like to get some input as to how I can overcome this negative pattern. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Am I getting screwed on my house purchase?

In the process of buying a house, have questions about the appraisal... [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Feb 25, 2015 - 18 answers

What, Me Worry?

I tend to obsessively brood about things -- usually frustrations or conflicts at work -- and I want to know how to leave that alone so I am not stressed out all the time thinking through situations I can do nothing to solve. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2015 - 13 answers

midlife crisis? minor Major Depression? bad habits?

I have been struggling with lethargy, lack of interest, procrastination, and some sadness after not-so-recent transitions in my life and would like help with diagnosis and suggestions for next steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 14 answers

A Formula to Apply to This Stressful Situation

I frequently find myself really stressed by situations that have much in common. Namely, when I have a bunch of things to do that are equally important, especially if they each involve going to a different place, I get so paralyzed and wishy-washy and timid that I end up doing nothing. I'll include more details about today's example, but what I really want is for someone to teach me how to fish when this comes up. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 12, 2015 - 22 answers

10 Weeks Suffering with Pelvic Pain

You are not my doctor, but if anyone could possibly shed any light on what I've been dealing with for the past 2+ months it would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 38-year-old male and my symptoms appear to be urological in nature, but I'm not certain as to the root cause. I've visited three urologists, a chiropractor and a physiotherapist, but to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Miserable Coworkers

I need advice and coping strategies to deal with coworkers who are rude to clients. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Easy yet effective tips for coping with stress better?

I've been hit with a significant number of life stressors recently, and could use some help. I've been working on keeping my stress levels low through healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping well, but my stress is getting to the point where I feel like laying in bed all day. I can't afford to let myself spiral any lower; I'd like some simple-yet-effective stress busters to prop me up, so that I have enough energy to deal with my problems and continue living healthy. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Feb 3, 2015 - 26 answers

I'm having erectile dysfunction issues.

So I'm having trouble getting it up, and I want to be able to have sex with my girlfriend. So. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2015 - 10 answers

I want to be productive, but not too productive...

So once you've slayed (or at least knocked out) the procrastination beast, how do you keep your balance and not burn yourself out? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jan 29, 2015 - 6 answers

First-time grandparent: What should I know?

Going to Europe soon for 5 weeks to be with my daughter as she pops out her first child. Am excited for both of us. I want to be truly supportive of her but also practice self-care and set appropriate limits. Naturally, there are complications. See inside for snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Jan 22, 2015 - 20 answers

Thinking of leaving teaching, realistically what else could I do?

After 6 years of abuse from admin, parents and non-stop stress I'm tempted to leave my dream career of teaching, just unsure of what I can do now? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Jan 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Invited a friend to visit for a couple of days, she's staying for a week

I'm in the midst of an extremely stressful period in grad school, and mistakenly and optimistically extended an invite to a friend who had been wanting to visit me in my city. [more inside]
posted by charlielxxv on Jan 19, 2015 - 25 answers

Partner's health problems are really tough on our relationship

Trying to deal with my partner's chronic health problems is tough, especially during times of stress. I already have some doubts about our relationship and this is only making it worse. Narcoleptics & narcoleptic lovers, give me your advice! Commiseration is welcome with your advice too. (More below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by vreify on Jan 13, 2015 - 30 answers

How should I reward myself?

I work a late shift at my job, which usually gets me home around midnight or later and in bed by 3 a.m. or later after I manage to relax. What's an alternative to pouring a drink and sitting by myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

How to address burnout and work overload when you're the sole employee?

I manage a very small nonprofit organization. We had two employees, including myself, but had to let employee #2 go due to funding cuts. Our workload was already too heavy and I was burning out, so now it's just getting worse. I have the authority to control my workload and make cuts, but I don't know where to begin since nothing on my plate is unimportant and there's no other employees to shift the work to, either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Conversation stopper

How do i deal with my cousin's "magic conversation stopper?" [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Dec 24, 2014 - 35 answers

How do you get someone who likes you to stop harassing you?

My brother's too much for me to handle. How can I get him to stop calling and showing up so often? Simply telling him not to do it isn't working; he keeps coming up with dumb excuses for doing it. Though I hate the word 'creepy', what he's doing is what many would consider just that. And his behavior is almost stalker-like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2014 - 22 answers

This desk is actually a yoga mat?

Can you help me sneak a pretend spa retreat into my actual life as a working mother? [more inside]
posted by chocotaco on Dec 12, 2014 - 17 answers

Diet for anxiety and stress

Are there any proven specific diets that helps for constant stress and acute anxiety? What about supplements? Or do you have personal experience with anxiety and stress being helped with a certain way of eating in your life? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 9, 2014 - 33 answers

Anger Management 101

Please recommend materials to help me cope with keeping composure during trying times. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Dec 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Am I a hypochondriac?

Could my anxiety/stress be manifesting itself with all of these distressing physical symptoms? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Nov 27, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me hate my commute less

I changed jobs last month and my commute (on the subway) has doubled. I'm finding it hard to deal with the packed subway cars and could do with some help. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 25, 2014 - 26 answers

How to pick a therapist to help my anxiety (before pregnancy/parenting)

How do I pick the right therapist to help with my anxiety, stress, indecisiveness, and perfectionist tendencies? What kinds of therapy/techniques/approaches might be most helpful? How do I quickly assess whether to stick with someone or look elsewhere? What are reasonable expectations of how much I can improve in therapy and how quickly? I'm terrible at making decisions-- I need help! (Especially since we want to start trying for kids in a few months so I feel real urgency to make progress quickly to feel comfortable going ahead, for both my and the kid's sake.) DC-area, FYI. [more inside]
posted by SockHop on Nov 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How to get through a period of fruitless job hunting?

I have a degree and nine years of work experience, but I can't find any kind of job. How I can deal with my overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, and keep from losing my mind while I'm job hunting? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Trauma and Language

I have observed a new phenomenon in myself this year and noticed different patterns in how my brain interacts with language in the period after trauma. I have a lot of other stress reactions going on that seem to be hypothalamus stuff (loss of circadian rhythm, weird appetite things, feeling hot and sweaty) but am not sure how any of that plays into processing language. I would love to learn more about this, either from anecdotes or from a more research-based perspective. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking to Experience Rapid Decompression

I'm leaving a job that has me pretty burned out, and moving into a program that should be much more exciting and fulfilling, but will be pretty intense, and I want to be at my best. What do you do to destress, respoon, and generally recover from burnout when you only have a couple days to yourself? [more inside]
posted by firechicago on Nov 6, 2014 - 16 answers

FMLA in Massachusetts?

I am an employee in Boston, MA who is strongly considering taking a medical leave of absence. Please help me to understand my rights. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How to proceed when things are bad?

My girlfriend and I (female) have been together nearly 6 years. Things were really solid the first 4 years or so, but for the last two years we've really been struggling. There are a lot of frustrations on both sides, but things really came to a head about 6 weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2014 - 43 answers

How best to protect a child when my ex brings him into our arguments?

How should I buffer a child from the stress of divorced parents' arguments when my ex-wife is extremely open with him about adult stresses and about what she wants? [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Oct 24, 2014 - 24 answers

What's the tip of a neuron called?

Please don't tell me I made this up; it's one of my favorite factoids. I remember hearing a radio piece, back in maybe 2011, about the effect that stress has on the tips of neurons. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Oct 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Give me quiet! Bluetooth Noise isolating headphones/headset needed

Do you own headphones with these qualities? Tell me the specs! Please help me find wireless noise isolating headphones in the $50-$150 range. I will only pay near the upper end if there's a sufficient warranty and they isolate EXTREMELY well! I want these for using at home to study and relax. Extremely snowflakey details inside: [more inside]
posted by bibliophilia on Oct 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How to limit impact of stress/anger from fights/arguments?

I had a fight with a friend through text the other day. It wasn't a huge fight in the great scheme of things, but I got much angrier than the situation called for. The stress from the fight messed me up for the rest of the day, and severely impacted my productivity level. I need advice on how to not have such a powerful reaction to upsetting events, when the reaction seemingly happens before I even have time to think. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Oct 13, 2014 - 10 answers

I feel like I cannot function without Tylenol. How can I stop this?

I have persistent headaches, backaches, depression, and anxiety. I take Tylenol to alleviate both physical and emotional pain, but now it has become so habitual that I can't stop. I'm scared of what I'm doing to my health at this point and need advice on how to stop, and other alternatives I can take to relax enough to be able to function throughout my day. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Oct 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me make this job decision with my BRAIN.

I've just been offered an awesome job! But I feel terrified at the prospect of quitting my current job. How do make myself feel okay about leaving a job that often isn't very good for me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Oct 10, 2014 - 15 answers

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