what do you do when you're stressed out and plagued with problems?

Philippines
October 15, 2008 6:51pm CST
me? i wallow in self pity. or retreat to being a hermit. wahaha. i know it is bad and it usually (? actually, always) doesn't help because it doesn't solve anything at all. but then i still do it. i also eat a lot or eat nothing, depending on how really bad i feel. do you believe in comfort foods? hmmm, partially. it eases troubles for a while but mostly, i think it also doesn't help. but i still do it. wahaha!
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17 responses
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I pray, I ask my internet and online friends to pray, I take a really hot soaking bath with scented oils and then get a good book and read with a cup of cocoa. Sometimes I cry and scream when alone or it just hubby and I here and he lets me vent and holds me and it really helps.
@alexigne (903)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
i love eating and treating myself with my daughter, or simply sleep so when i woke up, i feel better and think wiser
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• United States
16 Oct 08
Believe it or not, you are in control of your life, and you can make choices. You are not helpless. You can take responsibility for your own happiness. Visit your local Blockbuster, or whatever, and rent "The Secret." Also, you can always pray. I don't mean just reciting the rosery or something, but talking to God, "your" God, however you understand your "greater power," and asking for the strength and courage to find the answers to your questions and then to act on them. It's ok to feel sorry for yourself a little. Maybe for a couple of minutes a day. Then you have to get over it. But it all boils down to you, and you alone. I mean, you have all this energy you're using on being depressed. May as well take this same energy and use it to figure out how to be happy. What've you got to lose? Good luck.
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I scream and cry when I have the chance. My family tends to hide from me when I am on a tangit. I never know what to do until after I calm down which can take 3-4 days depending on whatever it might be. I have a lot going on in my house and with a mixed family things get even rougher. If I am stressed bad enough, I won't eat for days. I literally mean that. I was diagnosed anorexic when I was younger. I didn't starve myself because I thought I was "fat". I just had no appetite and as long as there was a pepsi around, I was fine with that. I also smoke much heavier than ever whenever the stress hits. I usually drop about 6 lbs in a week if I am not careful and you can tell immediately as I am naturally thin. My face sinks in and my parents start on me which makes it a bit worse than before I started feeling bad. I knwo what to do now to cope with life, but some days I would love to just hide under a rock die. Keep your spirits up!!
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I drink. .... All joking aside, it all depends on the situation. For example, I am broke and falling behind on bills, so I got a 2nd job. I am a little out of shape and overweight, so I started watching a bit what I eat and trying to include more activity in my life. However, if it's something like feeling bad about my scar on my face, I guess it all depends on my mood. I AM a woman, so sometimes right before my period hormones get the best of me. I might cry once in awhile over it. In summary...... It all depends.........
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@besthope44 (12145)
• India
8 Oct 10
i feel i get refreshed after having my chocolates. And best remedy is Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle depression.
• Philippines
20 Oct 08
i grab a coloring book and a box of crayons, play with my nephew, scratch my dog behind his ears, plan a nice surprise for my partner, write down things i'm thankful for, and pop bubble wrap :P
• United States
16 Oct 08
I drive... listen to loud music... play with my daughter... watch cheesey game shows...
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
16 Oct 08
If I'm stressed, I tend to unplug or log on to myLot to vent a little bit. Whatever is more convenient at the time. If everyone's bothering me, I'll usually play with my cat and watch T.V. It's my way of hiding from the world without alarming people which would happen if I turned off my phone for several house which I've done in the past and has actually resulted in the police coming to my door. Hardly, a stress reducing tactic there.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
i try to do something that is logical like right now we are financially struggling, so my hubby is doing some extra little jobs on the side and since i cannot work outside of the house, i am working on mylot and making and selling crafts to help out as well.
16 Oct 08
Yeah - I tend to become a hermit, too. I retreat into reading alot, to try to blot out the real world. Plus if I'm really stressed then my appetite goes and I smoke more. I know it's silly, but I cna't seem to help myself.
@rrowenaa (834)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
whenever i feel down and stressed out i really want to get out of the house, see a friend, eat, just hang out or go to the mall watch a movie, anything i can do just to release my tension.
@zipk11 (99)
• India
16 Oct 08
i try 2 find out my real self...... i sit alone with myself and figure out where i went wrong and find the possible solutions n yeah talk with my best friend .......
• China
16 Oct 08
When I face to the difficulties, I feel very bad and say nothing to anybody. Originally, I speak little. At the troubles, it seems that my heart is burning. I have no ways to solve them. I am helpless. I can't sleep well.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
well, i usually pray to God and tell Him all my problems... sometimes, i call my pastor, my family or my friends and share my problems with them... sometimes, i talk with my hubby... it really depends on my mood what i feel like doing at that time... take care and have a nice day...
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
16 Oct 08
Well, first, I tend to sleep a lot more. This is my response, I guess. I still go to work, I still eat in the same way, but any time I'm not working, I sleep. I have to make myself do anything else. It takes a while for me to work myself out of this. Sometimes I will do crafts - making little things to kind of keep busy. My husband will try buying me comfort foods or suggesting outings, but I really do just want to sleep.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I either get mad, cry or both. I can take a lot on for this year has been one hell of a doozer year for me and I held up and now it's really bad again and don't know if I can fix it and it's driving me crazy but at the same time, I can't back down. It's my brother and I and we're fighting. I refuse to back down like before because I wanted to keep the peace. No more because I'm standing up for myself. So I've both lately. I stare into space and I'm lost in thought wondering how this is going to play out. Will I lose a brother or will I gain respect and understanding? That remains to be seen.