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How to exit gracefully from an unworkable & unaffordable living situation?

Back in May I cosigned a lease for an apartment with a friend of a friend running from July to July. Thanks to changing circumstances since then, I can't afford it and I have no choice but to get out of the whole arrangement by September, before university starts back up again. The province I'm in has extremely pro-tenant rental laws, so transferring the lease will not be a problem. What concerns me is dropping this bomb on the cosigner, who is 4000 km away until, well, just when I'd have to leave. Since we were introduced in April for the purposes of being roommates, he's also shown himself to be far more naive than he appears when it comes to stuff like this. But I've also committed a huge error in judgement by signing for this place, and I feel guilty for helping to convince him. I've accepted I'll have to burn more than one bridge. But I'm way too overwhelmed by the hundreds of responsibilities have piled up on my shoulders, and need to tell him very soon. How do I make this as quick, painless and guilt-free as is possible? More on the "changing circumstances" inside: read just the bold bits if you're short on time. [more inside]
posted by denmarkstreet on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me not screw up my life!

I got fired from two of my three jobs for absenteeism. For some reason, when I get stressed out in life, I get so down that it's hard to go in. I get sick to my stomach and anxious, it's like I have a panic attack at just the thought of going in. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jul 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Mayday! Your input for this guy about to crash?

I feel like a mess and never thought I'd end up here. I'm broke, headed for eviction, jobless, no insurance, on food stamps, overweight, have panic attacks, can't afford a therapist, have no friends that I can talk to about any of this. Did I mention I am 40 and married with two kids? If I don't get a handle on all this, my family is about to hit the skids. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2012 - 31 answers

Dealing with a boss who won't take no for an answer

I'm being asked to engage in business practices that are probably bad for my company in the long run and driving me nuts personally. I'm also a new temp and not in a great position to rock the boat. Is there any way to make this situation more bearable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Help be unbreakup with my work

I recently posted a question on getting my confidence back after making a number of (considered major) mistakes in my work. Since then I've been having odd emotional reactions and I'd appreciate any thoughts as to how to manage and minimise them. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jun 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me deal with this stress!

Help me deal with this stress! [more inside]
posted by daysocks on Jun 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Depression question: there are many like it, but this is mine.

Dealing with feeling lousy, and possibly capital-D depressed, when swamped with school demands and most of all, terribly uncomfortable with seeing doctors. How? [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Would this be an example of letting my fears control my life?

Is leaving my job because of (possibly irrational) fears an example of avoidance? Or a realization of limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

This job is killing me.

Panic attacks are killing my self employment. What (work) should I do? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 11, 2012 - 13 answers

My sister is waiting for a lung transplant. Help me reduce her anxiety.

My sister is in hospital waiting for a lung transplant. Help me keep her rampaging anxiety under control. [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Jun 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Suddenly Charged with Caring for Parents in an Accident who Probably Are Driving Me Insane.

I'm suddenly caregiver for my mid-70's parents after a serious car accident, and I'm completely lost, and while I'm sympathetic, I want them the heck out of my house as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 7, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I help my partner feel better after a random assault?

Some random jerk threatened my partner in public a few days ago and he's still pretty shaken, and can't stop thinking about it. What resources can I offer to help him cope? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on May 29, 2012 - 18 answers

How to reduce stress to lose weight?

If you have a tendency to gain weight due to stress I'd like to know how you recognized this was THE reason for weight gain and found a solution that worked for you. Please don't ask questions that tend to speculate or diagnose the cause of weight gain (no issues with food/exercise) . I want to hear from you if you (or someone you knew) struggled to keep your stress low, which you knew led to your weight gain and how you went about it (without using any drugs!).
posted by xm on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me keep my focus for at least the next 8 days

So much is going wrong, I'm having a hell of a time coping. Huge deadline looming and I need help coping/repressing all this stress for at least a week. [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound on May 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Coping strategies and help from-a-distance for a small family stretched thin by a few curveballs?

What can I do from afar for a bedridden SAHM of an 18mo, and in general for their stressed-out family? Looking for anything and everything---advice, care basket ideas, childcare options, cleaning services, etc.---in the Echo Park/Silverlake/Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on May 22, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I convince my wife to come to marriage counselling sessions with me?

I'm trying to convince my wife to attend marriage counselling with me, but I'm having a hard time doing so. Her opinion of marriage counselling (based on what she's read online) is that it's a waste of money and that a marriage counsellor would "only tell us what we already know." When I've pointed out that a marriage counsellor is there to help facilitate communication, her response has been "if we need a facilitator to help us communicate we're fucked anyway." Reasons for needing counselling + bonus snowflakery inside. Apologies; it turned into a bit of a mind-dumpy wall of text. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Am I too passive under stress? How to fix?

Should I be someone who takes more action when I'm under stress? If so, how do I go about becoming that person? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on May 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Help this amazing, but neurotic young woman, not drown in this overwhelming work situation.

Help me get through a toxic and stressful situation (revolves around work) and successfully get some coping mechanisms (and cajones) for the first time ever. After a couple years of amazing- work has gotten tough-and I need help getting through it- and I respect you guys on MeFi a lot... I'm getting support but there must be some other things I could be doing. I've attempted to write in order of: context, challenge, question. [more inside]
posted by misspony on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Itchastitch

Has anyone ever had an itchy skin problem, with or without a medical diagnosis, seen a shrink about it when dermatology didn't seem to be helping much, and the shrink treatment helped? [more inside]
posted by whatdidyouforgettoday on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm going crazy.

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? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Apr 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Need help from SO during a stressful time

Having a very stressful time lately, and not sure how to ask for help from the SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 - 20 answers

My strugge: Hyperthyroidism as the source?

I need some guidance/opinions on my situation with hyperthyroidism because I am losing faith in my doctors. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz on Apr 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me get my sexy back.

Help me deal with depression/stress-related weight loss and the resulting loss of body image. And how can I healthfully gain it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to work when I'm working and not work when I'm not working

Give me your best tips and strategies for combating work-related stress, particularly how to not let the stress leak into time when I want to be decompressing, not worrying. [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Mar 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I help my wife reduce her stress levels?

My wife is struggling with stress levels at work. How can I help her reduce them without patronising her, and at the same time stop being so selfish when dealing with her stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Emotions in the mysterious, dark womb.

Did your chronic emotions (good or bad) in early pregnancy affect your child's temperament or health? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Mar 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Spotting between periods

Can stress cause vaginal spotting between periods? [more inside]
posted by flowers103 on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me keep helping my wife deal with long-term unemployment.

The psychological fallout of my wife's 13-month unemployment is going to make me crack. Please help me deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 31 answers

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it.

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Mar 10, 2012 - 41 answers

I should be able to handle this. Right?

How do I stop panicking about my new responsibilities at work? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

What could be causing vibrations in my chest?

What could be causing what feels like very mild vibration in my left chest? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Stuck

How do I stop worrying all the damn time? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Mar 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Change your pushable buttons.

Change your pushable buttons. Everyone has triggers, or certain things that really bother then. How do you get over or at least temporarily move passed something that pushes your really big buttons? (when you can't tell the person to %&$@ off, or dissect the situation) [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Mar 3, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I get better emotionally and still have a job?

How to deal with severe depression and delusions? Where do I go from here? Special snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Feb 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I try to get pregnant?

1 - Is it a good idea to get pregnant when a close loved one is dying? 2 - If I decide to do it, how can I get my husband off the fence? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2012 - 59 answers

Help me maintain a positive attitude in medical school.

Help graduate (medical) school not grind me down. Recommend me stress / harm reduction techniques for maintaining positivity and a general sense of optimism? [more inside]
posted by kurosawa's pal on Feb 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me get demoted!

I am meeting with my District Manager soon to ask for a demotion. Hivemind, what are your experiences doing so? Probably too many details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

is it common to get invited for a job interview when the organization has already hired someone for the position?

is it common to get invited for a job interview when the organization has already hired someone for the position? [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Feb 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I fit workouts into a stressful schedule?

How do I find time and motivation to stick to a workout plan, given a moderately stressful schedule, quite a bit of work, and not a huge amount of relaxation time (which working out would cut into)? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Jan 31, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Strategic planning for anxiety sufferers.

Do you over think things? How do you channel this power for good while avoiding research-driven procrastination and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning?

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning? I live with my parents and take care of my dad while my mom works during the day. He has had medical problems that have left him temporarily unable to move around much, and now he has a yeast infection on his butt that is making just sitting painful at times. I can hear him sometimes moaning in pain in the other room. I can't just put on headphones, because I have to be able to hear when he calls me for help. It's having almost a physical effect on me. I get disgusted and aggravated when I hear this, and the stress is keeping me from getting much done. Is there any way I can manage this?
posted by vash on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 answers

Trial by fire?

I panic at work when the stress is on. Can you help me handle the fire more gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Hive mind, take me away!

Please recommend a healthy but not hardcore spa vacation for a stressed-out fat girl. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Jan 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Having difficulty expressing my emotions – help!

Is it ever okay to snap at someone? [more inside]
posted by feidr2 on Jan 15, 2012 - 27 answers

How do you become a Vulcan when reading email?

"I'm a Pantera's box you do not wanna open."-filter: Looking for work advice about not reacting to my perceived stories about the intent and methods of communication of my peers. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jan 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Does the direct sales executive work more hours than the channel accounts manager?

Does the average direct sales executive work more hours than the average channel accounts manager? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jan 5, 2012 - 1 answer

Wake up, sleepy-head

I have bad sleep hygiene -- I either sleep too little, or more often, too much. Any strategies for combatting this? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Jan 3, 2012 - 13 answers

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