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PrincessPeach06 posted 10/30/2013 10:18 AM

I am so stressed - Christmas and money and family coming for the holidays is all getting to me. And it's making me sad and angry and thinking more about the A even though the past few weeks were pretty good.

What do I do? Talk and just try to ride through it? The stress is all non A stuff but yet it seems to bring it all back to the surface. Is this normal? Ugh, I hate this!!!!! January can't come soon enough. :(

AFrayedKnot posted 10/30/2013 10:32 AM

I do this all the time. Work stress, money stress, health stress it all seems to come in from the bottom and push up the A stress. I am guessing that in the back of my mind the A stress was something that have never been there so there is more resentment for having it.

I try to be real honest with myself as to the source of the new stress and work on that. Lists, break it down to manageable bites, stay in solutions instead of problems. It helps a little. I don't know if its your thing, but I pray.

losingmyground posted 10/30/2013 12:07 PM

Yep...stress triggers the hell out of me.

Money is extremely tight and I am working a lot with split days off.

All things that were going on while as he began his affair. It scares that crap out of me. So sometimes I check to make sure things are on the up and up. (Which helps build the trust factor when I find nothing) I also make sure to say I love you lots and just chat with him whenever possible to make sure he is okay with everything.

SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!

Ambergray posted 10/30/2013 12:46 PM

I think having the A always present makes it much harder to cope with even the smallest stressors. I can get upset over little things that never would have bothered me before. And I can't always think straight to know how to handle a situation that really should be easy. I just think my mind is so preoccupied with A stuff, even on "good" days.

So, yeah, when big stressors come along, it's inevitable.

I also seem to get more upset when I have PMS. I guess that in is a stressor as well.

[This message edited by Ambergray at 12:47 PM, October 30th (Wednesday)]

PrincessPeach06 posted 10/30/2013 12:53 PM

It doesn't help that I got my mirena IUD removed last Friday after having it in for over 5 years. I found something called the "mirena crash" where basically your hormones are waaaaay out of whack. Add that to everything - Christmas, money, the A - and it's a wonder I'm not in a mental hospital somewhere. :/

H is doing what he can but he's at work and that's only so much.

Jrazz posted 10/30/2013 12:56 PM

The fact that you can identify that additional stress and hormones is causing things to feel more dire than they may be is a really good thing. It happens to the best of us, but being able to rationalize why we are reacting to historical stuff (ie affair thoughts bubbling to the surface) is huge.

Sending big hugs. I hope the next 2 months fly by.

DWBH posted 10/30/2013 13:00 PM

I experience the same thing. Job stress, and a sickness in the family, has me really triggering big-time lately.

I agree with Chicho here; it helps to not dwell, and stay focused on problem-solving the things you may have control over.

PhoenixRising88 posted 10/30/2013 13:13 PM

My MC told me once that pain, stress, and the like all 'reside' in the same "buckets" in our psyche / pain centers, irregardless of what caused them.

So if I have a very stressful week at work, that gets 'dumped' into the same 'bucket' that already holds the A stress, and it can churn up /overflow and become overwhelming. If I get pissed off because of something that happens on the drive home, that anger goes into the same bucket where the A anger is, and so on.

Her point in telling me this was to illustrate that while scenarios may be totally unrelated, my response(s)to them / the effects they have are and can be. Because we're not wired to keep trauma segregated by event; it all hits the same raw spots..

So when I feel myself getting stressed, angry, etc. I try my best to step back and really look at WHAT exactly is going on that has me upset. Like Chicho said, "be honest as to the source of the new stress and work on that".

I don't know if I've made any sense, or been helpful.I hope i have been. What I do know is I understand how you feel. ((((((Princess))))))

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