Posts tagged with: stress

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

I’m not sure if they are trying to or not, but there are people out there who will bring you down again and again. Even when they know that you are on medication because you have been too depressed to handle things on your own.

I keep asking myself. why are they doing this? Do they really not get that I am working very hard to not be depressed? That every day can be a struggle?

Who knows?

I have been working very hard at not letting people and situations get me down. It is not always easy, but I am able to do this more and more. Am I getting better? I hope so.

When people are consistently bringing me down, I find myself trying not to talk with them about the stressful stuff. But I don’t ignore them completely. I send them little notes and make small talk with them.

I am trying to nicely let people know that I can’t handle their stresses right now. I am there to support them, but only if they are ready to do something about their situation.

Simply put: I can’t help them if they won’t help themselves.

Shannon

PS: How are you handling your depression? Any tips? Please tell us in the comments section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Great Ways to Deal with Stress

I know that a lot of people have been feeling very stressed lately. I am no exception. I have been entirely too stressed out for just over a month now, and things do not seem to be getting better now that the holidays are over.

 I would simply like to offer up some ideas for how we can all destress this winter.

  • Take a long walk. Pay attention to nature, and work whatever is bothering you out in your head.

  • Take a long bath. Do not think of anything stressful.

  • Read. I have been doing this one a lot. Reading helps me to block out all random thoughts.

  • Watch mindless television. No, really, I am watching the Love Comes Softly series, as well as other movies when I can. It does help to relax.

  • Exercise.

  • Write. I like this one. Sometimes if I write things out, they become clearer. Sometimes, I have to write stories to forget about annoying issues.

  • Go out for coffee with a friend and talk things out. I wonder how many people that my best friend and I have traumatized at McDonald’s this year due to these outings.

Shannon

P.S. What is your best way to deal with stress? Let us know in the comments section below.

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Loneliness

The Single Mother and Men

Daily Life for This Single Mom