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Old 01-07-2020, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Directions to find stress relief

Too much stress to handle, so I may hide or freeze.
Or go on a mental “vacation”, to bring myself some ease.

It’s true that a “vacation” must eventually end.
I ask if, by then, my brain will sufficiently mend.

Sadly, stressors do still wait for my eventual return.
Another stronger round, again may make my stomach churn.

What do I do to further toughen my skin?
I can’t be overtaken, and let this chaos win!

Trudge forward, dragging a ball on a chain?
Force a smile on my face, to show a wellness that I feign?

Should I again let go of that weight, to run away for good?
It’s a tough decision to permanently leave my neighborhood!

I remind myself, that a new home may present its own stresses.
How they’d all compare to my current one, are only guesses.

Occasionally the weight disappears in a flash for no clear reason.
Other times, my fighting efforts do launch me to a brighter season.

Decisions to be made for which approach to take.
Damn, Folks! It’s one hell of a choice to make!
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Default Re: Directions to find stress relief

Are you experiencing burnout? I often feel I need a break but I'm afraid to stop working because of financial worries.

Is there a way for you to take short breaks? Or spend evenings alone doing something you like? I also stopped smiling and pretending to be fine after years of stress. My experience is that most "friends" drop you in an instant when you stop being fun or useful to them. But it's a good way to know who your real friends are.

Good luck. I hope you get a chance to take a break from the stress.
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Are you experiencing burnout? I often feel I need a break but I'm afraid to stop working because of financial worries.

Is there a way for you to take short breaks? Or spend evenings alone doing something you like? I also stopped smiling and pretending to be fine after years of stress. My experience is that most "friends" drop you in an instant when you stop being fun or useful to them. But it's a good way to know who your real friends are.

Good luck. I hope you get a chance to take a break from the stress.
Hi MrsA. I was writing about a more general existential stress than anything very specific, but there are of course plenty of specific ones I am dealing with, as well.

I have given up on feigning wellness at most times. I agree that it is very sad that one must put on false fronts to satisfy many others. Thanks for sharing on this. I hope that the friends that stuck with you have become even dearer to you through the harder times.
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