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How can I deal with stress, depression, and anxiety!

By May 27, 2011 - 9:57pm
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As a single mother, attending graduate school, and managing a home I feel overwhelm and at times exhausted from all of lifes demands. I sometimes feel sad that I don't have any support and that includes family support. I am alone and trying to mange everything by myself. Some days I just wake-up feeling exhausted thinking of all the mommy duties, school duties, that need to get done. In addition, coming from a dysfunctional family and complexed family background, I am somewhat angry that I came from such horrible circumstances. I don't have any close friends nor anyone I can turn to when times get hard. Again, I am alone and don't understand why I have nobody in my life?

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Thanks Kate,
I appreciate you taking time to write and offer wonderful insight. I wish I could employ some of your suggestions, but at this time I am sinking deeper into depression and feel emotionally exhausted. I feel each and every time I try and move forward and beyond the present dilemma/challenge something happens that completely set me back. It would be nice if I had a great support system and friends that I could reach out to, but unfortunately I don't. I have nobody, and I feel extremely sad that I am alone and trying to do everything on my own.

Mz Undefeated

June 15, 2011 - 4:59pm

Hello, this is Kate.
I am glad you joined our group. I think there are a few of 'can do's' here.
1) BODY:exercise - move breathe, get your blood pumping, stretch and feel your body. when you are most tired, most depressed go out and get real air. take your kids too!
2)MIND: recognize what you cannot do anything about and let it go. eg. your past. (If you want more on this I have a section from my upcoming book I can share with you)
What you can do, make a short plan - step by do-able step and do it. then do the next bit.
3) SPIRIT: engage in the arts - write, draw, dance, play music - anything to shift yourself into the deep soul level creative state.
if you know how to meditate do it, if not, ask someone to show you. BREATHE.
Look around where you live, is there a support group? something at your college? hospital based/offered community program where people come, meet, share and deal with this kind of inertia and loneliness?

take time each day first thing, to truly give thanks for what you have.. slowly, quietly. write it down. 'I am in gratitude for, I am fortunate to have, my blessimgs are...'
and do that again before you to so sleep at night.

Ultimately however, your deeper,wiser self is your greatest ally and you are the only one who can access and use it to your best health and empowerment.

Stay in touch!

June 15, 2011 - 4:03pm
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