Two weeks ago I had to call out from work 3 days in a row with what I thought was a stomach bug. I went to see a doctor and she told me it was stress. Really? Stress has been making my stomach spasm for days?? And I’ve been having major pain in my hips and my skin has been breaking out in hives and my eczema has flared up as well.
So for a week I took Prilosec and chugged Mylanta and took Benadryl and tried not to the to get by without taking Naproxen for the pain and tried to take better care of myself and thought about the doctors words to me: if we ignore the stress we may think we are ok but our bodies start showing otherwise.
And I thought about how much time I typically spend addressing and being aware of my emotions and mood states and felt like a complete fool. What started out as sadness and anxiety from changes at work has morphed into anger and depression. And I feel anxiety about that too. I can not afford to be depressed (and I don’t mean financially).
This had been the longest amount of time that I can ever remember in my adult life not being depressed and I don’t want to go back there. For starters if I can find a way to say NO! to those thoughts that accuse me of being a weak individual who can’t handle the “real world” that’d be great.
I’d like to hear from you: what makes you stressed, how does in manifest itself as what do you do with it?