Stressed

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Stressed
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Wed, 06-16-2010 - 6:51am

Yep, I am looking like the frazzled icon. I've been really stressed, and it's coming out through the teeth grinding. Right now I am grinding it so much and so hard that everything has been hurting. Hopefully, now that I know that it's stress and bruxism, I can do things before I go to sleep to decrease my anxiety levels. We're thinking chamomile tea and a lavender mist.

This is the first time that stress has triggered this sort of reaction (though I am a habitual teeth grinder.) Usually I become paralyzed and isolate myself, I have anxiety attacks, and I'll lose a lot of hair.

What are the signs that you are very stressed?














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Registered: 06-03-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 8:25am

for me I become very cranky and irritable...and the kids do not want to be around me at all...but for me it is cuz of my hormone as I am going thru this menopause thing and I do not realize that I am being cranky...

Susan

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Registered: 09-20-2007
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 12:58pm
Stress goes directly into my digestive system, which isn't pretty. It will also cause my fibromyalgia to flare. While my anxiety level does raise, it hasn't caused me any panic attacks (knock on wood!).
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Registered: 08-29-2004
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 7:10pm

Sorry you're feeling stressed right now. A warm shower and hot cocoa always relax me when I'm stressed.


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Registered: 11-04-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:05pm

((((hugs))))


Stress is such a horrible thing to be under and unfortunately it is almost unavoidable... I know your pain, Poppy.


Hope whatever is causing this stress is not too serious. I send you positive thougts and prayers that things turn out right or at least more manageable.


My brother, who is the quiet type, is a teeth grinder. His teeth show horrible signs of wear and tear. I know whatever I tell him does not make a difference and that he has to find a way to make himself feel better and destressed.


I have pretty distinctive signs of being stressed... I start forgetting things, I get very short tempered and act horrible with DH and DD. I break out in spots, speaking of which I need to acknowledge that I am having the worst skin I had since my early twenties. Sometimes if the stress gets too bad, I start screaming out loud, just like a maniac in the middle of my living room. All in all, I am not a very good picture when under stress.


Hair loss is a very well documented side effect of stress so.... again... feeling your pain.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 3:50am
Yes on cranky and irritable! I get that at level 1 stress. That's usually when I start to bark. When this happens, my nephew, bless hi tween heart, will remark calmly, "No need to get all excited like that, you know!" Clever boy - it makes me laugh, which defuses my crankiness and irritability.













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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 3:57am

Yes, stress will do that to me, too. It's so strange that this time my usual stress symptoms aren't really out there. Maybe because the challenges are different. Hmm.

Knock on wood on the anxiety and panic attack! I'm pushing myself gently. Yesterday I went into my shell (but I was also not feeling well), today I've done a lot of things. I'm listening to a lot of guided imageries, refused to drink wine when offered (though I did drink some beer the other day), avoided cigarettes for the most part.














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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 4:06am

>>I'm very choosy about what I allow to stress me.

How did you manage this?














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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 4:12am

Tell your brother to get a mouth night guard to protect his teeth. There are OTC ones at the pharmacy or he can go to his dentist to get one that is custom-made. I've yet gotten one, but it's on my list of things to do very soon.

Today I am calmer. What happens will happen. I've put down some boundaries and that has helped. Taking a break also helped a lot.

Going to the ORL specialist in a bit to make sure that I don't have an ear or sinus infection to boot. My immune levels seem to have gone down - surprise surprise.

And to think that I inflicted this on myself. Voluntarily. And that it'll probably be replicated a few times in the future. Pfffffft!














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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 9:58am

Hi Poppy,


I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing so much stress. I hope you can work thru it quickly.

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Registered: 09-20-2007
In reply to: cl_libelulle
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 5:47pm
I've been living off of stress lately, with this moving situation like it is. We've taken several trips from here down to Charleston and it's a two hour drive each time. And I recently spent four days with my best friend in NC. That wasn't stressful, of course, but all this coming and going has been. And it's not over yet. We still have a trip next month to MI so that DH can visit with his family. I am not looking forward to that, and I don't have to go, but I'm too much of a worrier to stay at home while DH was on the road from here to MI. Plus that would mean all that time alone at home with my mother, and I could not handle that at all. So I'm going to MI. *sigh* But at least after that we can move into our new home, which will be a relief.

Since I've got so much going on right now and my mind just won't calm down, I think that I really should start writing in my journal again. I used to be a very faithful journal keeper, until my ex-husband read it and threw it at me (he was looking for evidence that I was cheating on him, which he didn't find). After that I've only been a periodic journal keeper. But I really think that it would do me some good to start writing in my journal again.

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