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Full-body tension while sleeping leads to hours of pain in the morning.

At some point during the night I go from sleeping comfortably to being curled up in a tight little ball, resulting in pain and intense achy stiffness in the morning. If I have an obligation I just deal with it and get up. But on my days off I stay in bed, laying flat on my back, sleeping in 20-minute increments for another two hours or so, and by then the pain is gone and I finally feel rested. While that's nice, it doesn't help me on work days, and it means I don't wake up until about 10am on my days off, so I lose a big chunk of my morning. [more inside]
posted by possumbrie on Jun 11, 2014 - 23 answers

Let me talk to you about my huge breasts...

I started logging my body measurements for weight loss and soon realised just how insane my boobs swell during PMS - care to share relief suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

GSOH is killing my love life.

My stepson revealed the greatest stressors in his life is my self-deprecating sense of humor. What can I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2014 - 53 answers

Favourite examples of foreboding or suspense in literature?

What are your favourite examples of building tension or suspense in literature? Ideally these are brief moments, single paragraphs or small scenes, compelling the reader to continue on, worried about what will follow. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Jul 17, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I stop monitoring people's emotions constantly?

I am constantly monitoring other people's tone, actions, facial expressions, etc. for signs of anger, frustration, irritation, etc. I am not conscious of it until something happens, and then I tense up, feel some adrenaline hit, and generally become really conscious of it until the situation is resolved. How do I reduce this impulse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Relax take it eeeeasy

How do you keep your back, neck and shoulders relaxed? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 13, 2013 - 10 answers

My neighbour cries a lot, and I'm worried

My neighbour is clearly in distress - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Aug 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Mind Blowing

Please help me stop worrying about sex (and everything else). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2012 - 21 answers

I feel like someone punched me in the back

I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by chara on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 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

This anger - it's soul killing and I can't take it.

How do you handle your spouse's angry outbursts when you feel they are irrational? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 132 answers

Too much noise. Need more silence.

I enjoy movies with extended scenes of silence between characters. Please recommend other entertainment in this vein. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 2, 2011 - 44 answers

Bent but not broken, cracked but not croakin'?

Yesterday, as I was bending over to plug something in, I sneezed really hard and popped about 4 vertebrae all at once right in the middle of my back. Right in the spot where I carry all my tension. It felt absolutely amazing and a little dangerous. Is it possible to safely and regularly replicate that release of tension on my own, say once a day? How?
posted by carsonb on Sep 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Not until I had my coffee...

I love my mom, but she bothers me first thing in the morning. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Sep 6, 2011 - 16 answers

This tension is making me sew angry!

New sewing machine rawr! I am trying to take in my pants, but I can't get the correct tension no matter what I do! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

not quite platonic

How to deal with a "friendship" that does not fit into any categories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 42 answers

Empathy is all well and good but this is getting silly.

How do I become less easily affected by other people's stress levels? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

friend to the left of me, girlfriend to the right, here i am

My best friend and girlfriend hate each other. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 23, 2011 - 22 answers

How to relax in dreamland and wake up feeling good?

I'd like to hear from anyone who has overcome excessive tension in the jaw, neck and upper back during sleep. I wake up feeling very stressed and tense and it's a drag. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Help! I'm Alive.

My mind is a very dark place at the moment. Please help me find the light switch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 - 22 answers

Fill Me With Dread

I just spent the weekend watching Breaking Bad, a show that is brilliant and full of intensely unpleasant moments of tension. I'm looking for books, shows, or movies that produce similar feelings of dread. The Shield offered something like this, as well as No Country for Old Men, The Strain, BSG, The Road, and parts of Justified. Any recommendations? (Extra points for anything available to watch on Netflix Instant)
posted by chichimimizu on Jan 2, 2011 - 64 answers

Relax, I can't do it.

I cannot relax. I think that I am relaxed only to find that every muscle in my body is clenched tight. My mouth, butt, thighs, hands, neck, feet...you get the picture. It carries over into my sleep. I need help relaxing, please. [more inside]
posted by futz on Dec 26, 2010 - 34 answers

How do I navigate racial politics with my family before our transracial adoption?

When I was childless, my parents' right-wing politics were pretty easy to ignore. Whatever, we're different, they are entitled to their opinions. But now that I have a small child, and we are about to adopt transracially, things are beginning to get tense for me. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Aug 31, 2010 - 41 answers

just please don't tell me to calm down

Do I have to choose between thin+unhappy and fat+unhappy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 41 answers

Why do minor chords sound cold?

Why do minor chords sound cold? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on May 31, 2009 - 16 answers

What kind of 'bodywork' therapies can you recommend?

What's the scoop on 'bodywork'? What kind of bodywork can you recommend for helping me address general muscle tension and related pain issues? And even just for the heck of it? This would include, but not be limited to stuff like alexander technique and structural integration. I'm not too familiar with these kinds of therapies and I don't know anyone who has experience with them. I want to hear about your experiences / endorsements. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Muscle tensions in space?

If my working desk were in space, would I still experience tensions in my back? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Mar 23, 2009 - 8 answers

I can't relax fast enough

What is your best technique for calming down quickly? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Feb 10, 2009 - 47 answers

Eye Pain! Who can help me?

Who should I see about my 'behind the eye' pain? [more inside]
posted by AzzaMcKazza on Feb 9, 2009 - 14 answers

What is the nature of my headaches?

I get headaches that start at the base of the back of my head, then seem to radiate over my brow. Warm compresses almost always help. What is the likely cause of this? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Jan 9, 2009 - 9 answers

My shoulder hurts. I swear it's not a heart attack.

What can I do to prevent/reduce the muscle knots and pain in my shoulder? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Jan 5, 2009 - 20 answers

My co-worker might be trying to get me fired

Co-worker is rude and dismissive because of something I said. Is there anything I can do to prevent her from threatening my standing with the higher ups? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Hack Hack Hyeeeuuueegh

What can I do about this empty-stomach retching? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jun 17, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me avoid gravity...somewhat.

What are those things called that you see on badge clips and rock climbing walls that automatically retract a nylon cord? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on May 21, 2008 - 10 answers

If only it were as simple as changing the oil

I could use some help loosening up for my return to cycling. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 12, 2008 - 8 answers

De-stressing/Re-Focusing

Help me de-stress and refocus my moods. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on May 7, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team?

How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 38 answers

What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people?

What's a good outlet for stress and tension that doesn't involve redirecting it towards other people? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 3, 2007 - 35 answers

Strings for a cello tuned BEAD

Recommend strings for a cello tuned BEAD (low to high). [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Sep 21, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I make him stop?

My housemate is in love with me and I am going bonkers. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Sep 10, 2007 - 46 answers

Stop looking so mad all the time!

I have noticed that over the past few years I have been carrying a lot of facial tension. It causes me to look like I'm either scowling or frowning. Please help me relax my face. I can't afford the botox route so natural, mental, or other free(ish) remedies only please. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas on Jul 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Who does the Lufthansa "Relaxation Program"?

FearOfFlyingFilter: Do you fly Lufthansa? Do you listen to their "Relaxation Program" on the in-flight radio? Do you have any idea who does the guided imagery on it? Or, have any other great suggestions for calming things I could listen to at 30,000 feet? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Nov 17, 2005 - 9 answers

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