I have a really difficult time dealing with stress. I get incredibly anxious over simple matters.. in hindsight, it's really silly. I know there are things that can help with this, but I have trouble finding the time fitting them into my schedule (meaning: I find other, better, more fun things to do). My most recent experience with this may cause a change in my lifestyle. For the last month I've been feeling really anxious/ stressed out about various stuff going on in my life (sorry to be vague, but it includes both professional and personal items). As a result, I had been experiencing a horrible back pain near my neck that would not go away. Until yesterday, when a majority of the stress/anxiety I had been feeling finally subsided. Last night I slept through the entire night, without being woken up by pain. I can't remember the last time I was able to do that.
As of now, I haven't had any serious side effects from the stress I put my body through. I know that it's possible this will not always be the case. I'm realizing the importance of setting aside a specific amount of time each and every day to simply relax my mind and body. I'm going to try to accomplish this through meditation and exercise, so we'll see how that goes. I've tried some yoga, and, though I really like it, I worry I'm doing it wrong. So, I may take a class to make sure I'm not causing additional damage. In the past, I would talk to my mom about stress. Obviously, this isn't possible anymore, so I need to adapt and try to find other outlets for venting. If not to my husband, then to a friend or counselor.
I know I'm probably not the only person that has a difficulty with this. Anyone else have suggestions for managing stress?