i have generalised anxiety disorder, depression and autism and a stomach illness thought to be ibs
the autism means i cannot correctly talk about my anxiety. the anxiety disorder means i get stressed. the stomach illness turns that into pain. i am in pain or discomfort nearly every second i am awake (i’ve tried so much but barely anything helps at all, don’t ask)
i spend most of my nights feeling depressed because if i worry about something i am in pain, but i still have to do it. some days i can’t move from my bed i am in that much pain and taking the max dose of the strongest behind-the-counter painkillers we can find has done nothing.
so i’m immobile, then stressed because i missed something because i was in too much pain from being stressed. see where this is going? a vicious circle. i’m always stressed and always in pain. still, even though i can’t get away from it right now (stress always happens, it’s just a fact of life), i can alleviate it. the more stressed you are, the harder it might seem, but healthy and alert and awake you’ll deal with your problems better.
my disorders prevent me from going to the gym too often, but i find that music helps! writing down your priorities and measuring out what needs to be done soonest helps you to organise things: a weekly planner and reminder helps me.
sometimes external stimuli can remind you of stressful things; so once every so often take a break somewhere quiet and comfy, like a cafe or a walk through the woods, and try not to think, just enjoy.
- sleep well! i cannot stress this enough!
- drink enough water and eat.
- make sure you have socialised in real life, even if it is just for a
small amount of time.
a lot of people put work or accomplishment before anything else. accomplishing is good, but, if you feel on the brink, remember: your mental health and safety comes first before any obligations.