Growth and Development, Health, lifestyle, Travelling Through Wonderland

Dealing with chronic stress

To say that stress has been kicking my arse of late is an understatement. This past week my body has had enough and I have everything from tired aching muscles, tension headaches, insomnia, major anxiety and now I can add eczema to list. My body has broken out and I am officially over living like this.

I have had to pull out of working a shift tonight at what was to be a fun local Christmas event but I am at home having a pity party instead. Not a party I care for. A small part of me is glad the skin breakout is from stress as I can add it to the list of the terror it causes to my body. A part wishes it was something completely different, a new problem, and I also wish I looked like Kate Beckinsale but it is what it is. A girl can dream!

I like to think I am a pretty tough person and the mind and body usually chooses fight over flight. This weekend I have to excellent care of myself. Life is about balance and because I have had stuff all the body has responded in a big way. A trip to the chemist has seen me buy a load of new body cleanses, hydrocortisone cream and even new shampoo to help with scalp issues. I did laugh when a woman took a step back from me in line at chemist when I was explaining what was wrong! I probably would have done the same. A Doctors appointment is also booked for next week.

I know what the Doc is going to say – Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of rest. A smart, standard response that one does not need a medical degree for. But as he is my Doctor who knows me well, and my history, I know he is going to want me to go back to therapy. Almost 4 years ago he sent me to therapy as I was dealing with work related stress. Six months in I was formally diagnosed with major depression. and placed on Prozac. In a morbid way the diagnoses is enlightening. You learn a lot about the mind and its importance on the body. You also learn that it is not a simple fix. If it was I wouldn’t be writing about it now.

In 3 weeks time I am on holidays which is a quick fix but not a permanent solution, otherwise we would all be travelling non stop. I need to speak to my Doctor and Therapist about what I can do now which will help me in the long game. I may go insane with this itching alone if I don’t!

~Lauren

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