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What to do about a difficult roommate?

I freely admit I'm not good at having aggression directed towards me, so I can't tell what to do. Essentially, cultural differences are making it really hard to get along with my roommate. Please help this co-op living delicate flower (me) coexist happily with my very German roommate! Like everyone, I am a special snowflake. This is long and detailed because I'm processing as I write. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 29, 2013 - 48 answers

Stress Savers

I'm entering what I expect to be a very busy year: busy full-time job with frequent evening and weekend work, graduate classes one night a week (plus homework), and a large writing project due next year. I find that I can get really overwhelmed and stressed when my schedule gets locked in and deadlines line up. I'm trying to find ways to simplify and ease my daily life so that I don't add additional stressors. What are your best time- and stress-saving tips for getting through intensely busy times? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 12, 2013 - 27 answers

Stress Dreams Ruining My Sleep

I am waking up in the middle of the night every night due to panicky stress dreams/half-dreams that are about my job. Is there a way to stop this without having to find a new job? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Like water off a duck’s back

You are chill. You’re not a worrier. Being under pressure hardly ruffles your feathers at all. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Aug 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Escaping a sick system

It's clear to me that my job is a sick system, and I don't know how to get out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

A crash course in zen

I've realised I need help in becoming patient or developing some kind of zen. I am currently coming up against a lot of irritants or external stimuli that are severely testing my ability to keep a lid on my stress levels. Last night, I couldn't sleep because I could feel my heart pounding so hard. I really need to dial it down a notch before I get sick with high blood pressure or something. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Can't turn off internal soundtrack and it's distracting..HALP

For the past 24 hours or so I have been unable to turn off my internal mental soundtrack (that is my library of remembered songs, in playback mode, just as if I was hearing them now). It's starting to make me tired. I can change the music playing (currently 'smooth operator') but I can't turn it off entirely. I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night b/c of the music playing in my head. And today at work it's distracting me. The default song seems to be 'Blurred Lines' but the playback isn't limited to just that tune. Has this ever happened to you? How did you stop it? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Jul 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Help me feel at home.

I just moved house... and I am sad. This is stupid. Please help me make a new home for myself. [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on Jul 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Is there a pill for this?

I seem to have the patience, judgment and self-control of a two-year-old. Nothing against two-year-olds, I'm sure many of them are lovely people, but little is expected of them beyond not biting people. I've mastered the not-biting part, it's the rest I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Celexa's not working anymore. Should I give Prozac a shot again?

I've been taking Celexa for a year and 9 months. It doesn't work as well anymore, and due to FDA warnings, I don't want to up my dosage anymore (currently at 40mg/day). I took Prozac a dozen years ago and it worked well. Should I switch back to Prozac? [more inside]
posted by Val_E_Yum on Jul 7, 2013 - 13 answers

No thanks, I'm good here

Pushing your work beyond the upper limits of your comfort zone: what is this phenomenon called? [more inside]
posted by Argyle_Sock_Puppet on Jul 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Twitching eyes and night sweats - just my anxiety?

Are these symptoms just the usual stress-induced annoyances or potentially something else? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jun 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Wedding and controlling parents-- how to cope

I'm getting married in 10 days, and it's stressful for everybody involved, mostly because I have controlling parents who are intricately involved with every part of this. Any tips/advice for coping with this situation? Lots of culture-specific snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 45 answers

Please help me wake up!

I feel like I have been constantly tired for the past 2 or so months. I am tired from the moment I wake up until I go to bed at night and often have trouble keeping my eyes open during the day. I also suffer terribly from headaches and general neck and shoulder stiffness which adds to the fatigued feeling. I have been to the doctor and everything appears to be normal including iron levels, and also I'm not depressed. I am feeling quite stressed in my life though, I don’t enjoy my work and I have an 8 year old daughter and a partner who travels a lot for work. I’m looking for a new job but these things take time and I haven’t seen anything that takes my fancy yet. Also it’s coming up the anniversary of the death of a loved one so I wonder if that’s having an effect. I know I need to get more exercise but I am not sure what I should/could be doing and I’m so exhausted its tiring just thinking about it. I eat relatively well and make/eat a lot of home cooked meals. I’m hoping for some ideas on how I can beat this tiredness and find some motivation and energy in my life. I’d also love to beat these awful headaches. Please help me wake up!
posted by Youremyworld on Jun 3, 2013 - 30 answers

Here we go again...?

My long-term partner and I had relationship problems, spent some time apart, and are in the process of getting our lives back into one home. Now that I've moved my stuff back in, problems that I thought we'd dealt with are happening again. Is it time to go back to therapy or is there something else I can be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2013 - 44 answers

What might be causing these cats' allergies?

Three cats all have allergies and overgrooming issues. What might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on May 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Dealing with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome/stress in another country.

I was recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and I am having a very difficult time dealing with it. I am only 27. Basically tingling in my hands and a tension in my shoulders that does not go away. My blood gets rather restricted and my shoulders tire easily when they are raised above my head, which clued in the doctor to the TOS. At first the doctor thought it might just be a pinched nerve or a hernia but it is occurring on both sides of my body particularly on the palm and in the shoulders. I am living in Japan right now and one of my best friends here just went home to Ireland so I have no one really close to talk to, and thus am dealing with a bunch of stress as well. I am also taking days off of work since the fact that the condition has been steadily getting worse since February is really bringing down my spirits. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips for not losing my mind/keys when stressed?

In general, I'm an individual who's got a good handle on adult stuff: paying bills on time, obeying parking regulations, etc. Once in a while though, when I get stressed out about something, my brain stops taking care of these basic maintenance tasks. Case in point: this week I had a big project due for work, and I lost my car keys -- twice. Anybody have tips for helping me hold onto my sanity in high stress situations and avoiding silly, expensive mistakes?
posted by HeroZero on May 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Interview advice

I had a phone interview last week that I thought I bombed. But, apparently I did good enough to land an in-person interview on Thursday. I'd like some advice on where in between "Fake it till you make it" and "lay your cards on the table" I should be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Apr 29, 2013 - 24 answers

Mods and support reps: techniques to remain calm and objective?

What are some stress-reduction techniques that support representatives and forum moderators use on-the-spot to remain cool and collected during difficult interactions with clients, and not let their own frustration get the best of them? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Apr 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Toys and objects to deal with physical stress.

So there is the stress ball. That one I know. Does anyone have any other ideas for dealing with nervous energy from stress and anxiety in the office that won't bother people around you so much (esp those moments when I can't just go for a long walk or to the gym, etc). It’s a fairly routine problem for me that even after the stressor is long gone, the nervous energy sticks around. I don't so much need the 'take a deep breath' or 'think positive' type of thing, I might not even be actively thinking or worrying about anything; and I already have a good doc for the long term aspects. Just looking for some ideas about the tactile and physical side of this thing, which tends to stick around for a while and can be pretty uncomfortable.
posted by shimmer on Apr 23, 2013 - 33 answers

How do I stop dwelling?

I made a professional mistake which I had to own up to very publicly. No one, not my boss or my co-workers or my friends seems to think any less of me for it, but it's eating away at me and has had me in agony for the better part of a week. How do I stop dwelling on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2013 - 27 answers

Planes, trains and automobiles: Make me a better traveler

I travel on a semi-regular basis and would like to become a better traveler, both in terms of trip planning and packing/unpacking/repacking. If you travel frequently, how do you do it? How can I up my game? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Apr 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Keep calm and carry on?

I'm going through a bout of depression and while it isn't affecting my work, it is affecting how I behave at work. I realised today that some of my colleagues have picked up on this change in behaviour. How can I maintain my dignity and privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Hand Surgery Part Two?

About 8 weeks ago I sliced the flexor profundus tendon that allows the tip of my right pinky to function. I had surgery and have now subsequently re-severed the healing tendon, requiring ANOTHER round of surgery to try to repair again. Should I go through with this? Issues related to post-operative depression, unemployment, and general existentialist angst inside. See previous. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Apr 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Game face on!

How do you project calmness and authority on days when you're super stressed and tired? Advice from health professionals encouraged. [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Apr 16, 2013 - 16 answers

What happens when the family tree goes straight down?

Is there any discussion available of the social/behavior results of having multiple generations of only children in a family? Know of any sources? Have any personal experiences? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Apr 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Pinched nerve: how to improve when you are stressed and cant exercise?

I have had what a doctor said is probably a pinched nerve for the last 2-ish months. It started with a tingling in the left shoulder and now runs all the way down to the fingertips. How to heal when you are stressed, it seems to get worse from stress and you cant do anything you love? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Mar 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Welcome to Corporate Hell, have a nice stay!

Looking for lifehacks to help me thrive in a stressful high-pressure job working 50+ hours a week long-term. I am special, find out why.. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Mar 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Your Stress is Stressing Me Out

How do I effectively communicate to my husband that I'm afraid that his job stress is spilling over into our family life and negatively affecting his relationship with our kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

How to deal with an inefficient bureaucracy-- from the inside?

What are your strategies and best practices for being a cog in an inefficient bureaucracy? How do you compartmentalize the frustration and leave it in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Guided meditation recommendations for kid with insomnia.

My son is almost 9. He suffers from mild anxiety, and very often can't sleep at night. He gets plenty of exercise most days as he plays sports year round. He reads at night, but this doesn't always do the trick. He's a very intense kid, and rather than cut down on the sports (which very often is the source of his stress, even though he loves playing) I'd like to manage the anxiety. I think some sort of guided sleep meditation might be really useful here, and I'd love some recommendations. Most of what I've found so far either is sort of corny and a little babyish, or is not specific to sleep and is more about mindfulness and not as good for relaxation. Thanks!
posted by missuswayne on Mar 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Stop-gap strategies for work anxiety

I have on-going problems with work anxiety and impostor syndrome. The worst part? I’m starting a new, high-demand job in two weeks and need help now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Compounding Life Disasters

I think my friend tried to fondle me in my sleep. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2013 - 50 answers

Pinched nerve, Tokyo: physical therapist or Alexander technique teacher?

I'm asking this for a friend, A. A has a pinched nerve in the neck that isn't getting any better. He has bad posture and sits in a cubicle all day. He would like to see a physical therapist for this, but has also heard good things about the Alexander technique for correcting posture. Which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

What to do about stress and work?

I've been very stressed for a few months. I've tried managing it, however on Thursday I almost snapped and became quite teary to the point a co-worker mentioned it to my team leader. My team leader was great and told me not to worry. Unfortunately after a stressful weekend I still feel very weepy and have a very tight chest. I think I may need to take a few days off work in order to recover. I haven't got any holiday left so would need to take it as sick. How should I go about getting some time off to recover and get myself straight again? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Feb 24, 2013 - 10 answers

What kind of company name is Internet Brands, anyway?

Need some career advice: Internet Brands has had me for a few interview for a Project Manager, but Glassdoor has some really bad things to say (and good, but those can be phony placements). Has anyone ever worked or know someone that worked there? What's it like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 5 answers

I have too much anxiety in the mornings. Help me make it stop.

I wake up too early every morning. When I wake up, I immediately start to worry about the Stressful Thing in my life. Then I get the tingly feeling in my skin and my heart starts to pound. And then I can't get back to sleep. And because I'm waking up too early, I haven't had enough to sleep. The sleep deprivation is compounding the anxiety. How do I stop this pattern? [more inside]
posted by (F)utility on Feb 14, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I relax more deliberately?

Even when I have free time, I find myself rarely doing the thing called "relaxing". I'm looking for how I can better relax, and what I can do to give myself a better environment to do so. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Jan 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Quitting smoking: Life after butt

Beyond the initial challenges of quitting smoking, what are the longer-term effects? How does life actually change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Need ultra-short-term crisis strategies for staying emotionally level.

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. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jan 13, 2013 - 15 answers

I need to do a system reset on my brain/body, right now.

I have a ton of work to do over the next few days, and I think the accumulation of poor sleep habits, stress, and caffeine have rendered me mentally impotent. I'm too tired to think clearly, but too wired to take a nap (I've tried several times in the last few hours). I've never felt like this before. I just want to wipe the slate clean somehow. Obviously a full day spa treatment or a weekend communing with nature would be nice, but I ain't got that kind of time. Any ideas? The only plus here is that I work from a computer and set my own schedule, so I'm beholden to nobody but me while I complete these work obligations. PS: I am writing this at 6pm on the west coast.
posted by malhouse on Jan 9, 2013 - 21 answers

How to Keep My Sane during This Exchange and Have Fun

I'm on exchange in France and although I HAVE had a few fun nights, I'm generally having quite a hard time. It's my first week, so I'm aware that things will change. But what can I do to ease my way? I'm anxious, stressed, a little depressed, uncomfortable, feeling pretty low and insecure, etc. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jan 9, 2013 - 23 answers

taking ibuprofen for tension headaches

How many days in a row can you take ibuprofen for headaches before it becomes unhealthy? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Dec 31, 2012 - 25 answers

I like him a lot, but I don't feel like I have much to give in a relationship. He wants to wait, I have PTSD and I'm not so sure.

I like him a lot, but I have PTSD don't feel like I have much to give in a relationship. He wants to wait, but I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by proximacentauri on Dec 22, 2012 - 7 answers

How do you move on from a bad job?

I am trying to process a period of professional turmoil in my life that occured over a year ago. Things are okay now but I am still dealing with painful emotions and memories from that experience. How can I go about finding closure? [more inside]
posted by rasselas81 on Dec 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.

In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Dealing with unappreciative people

How do I deal with people that are unappreciative of the things others do? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

You lying asshole.

So I'm on a performance plan at work due to dishonesty. Please help me turn this around. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2012 - 53 answers

5 doughnuts later, I'm ready to admit that I've got a problem

Stress eating well on the way into binge eating. How do I stop it?! [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Dec 10, 2012 - 14 answers

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