Stress, does it all get too much for you sometimes?
Now I’m not normally the type of bloke to post this sort of stuff to strangers, but recently the shit is getting me down.
The smallest things are stressing/worrying me to the point of madness, and dare i say it depression. I’m normally pretty much on the edge, it comes with the jobs i do i suppose but its worse at the moment than ever.
I know what some of the issues/reasons are, but I can’t do much about them as they are mostly out of my control.
I have not ridden my bike in an age, which doesnt help. I don’t walk the dogs far, which normally helps too.
I Don’t want to sound whingy, i just needed to get it off my chest 🙁Posted 6 years ago
Stress can cause serious health problems and shouldn’t be taken lightly (seriously!) Make some time for yourself, do something enjoyable at least once a week, ride your bike, walk the dog etc.
Also don’t take things to seriously, stress is only stressful if you perceive it that way.Posted 6 years ago
Sensible stuff from qwerty
Make time for you. Ride your bike. Just do it.
don’t be afraid to get pro help- i am a big fan of counselling – for this sort of issue usually not much is needed as its not deep rooted issues more than likely – a sense of perspective and some coping mechanisms are what you need
Oh – and its always in your control – say no / tell em to farck off / relax / go screw the bank manager ( or whatever you need to do)
You take control – its your lifePosted 6 years agoDT78Member
Knowing you are getting stressed is half the battle so you can take some positive action. I can spot the signs now when getting seriously stressed with work (not sleeping/shortness of breath/IBS) – I use it as a signal to take a step back, slow down and think about things for a little while.
I make time to leave work on time, cycle via my local woods and sit on my favourite tree stump and just spend 30mins on my own thinking things through.
Everytime I see an ambulance pass by or hear tragic news on the radio/tv I use that to get some perspective on my own circumstances. It could be so so much worse.
ChinupPosted 6 years agoThe Southern YetiMember
Don’t worry about things that you have no control over, because you have no control over them. Don’t worry about things that you have control over, because you have control over them.
Take those dogs out tomorrow, first thing, for as long as you need.Posted 6 years agoprojectMember
Stress gets people in many ways some become workaholics, some get with drawn and agitated, some cope, some dont.
Find the triggers as somebody above said, and try to fire them, or just redirect them, chat to strnagers about them, it does help,and people do care on here.
As you say you want to get it off your chest, so do either in public if its not to personal or in private, quite a few of us have emails in our profiles and all have different personalities, that may well be sutable for you.Posted 6 years agoimnotamusedMember
Going through a pretty stressful time at work at the moment. My colleague just took time off through stress and got alapecia (spelling?), another is complaining of chest pains, another is loosing weight. Fortunately I have a great wife who is keeping home running while juggling a 9-5 while I concentrate full on at work to try and stabilize things. Stress is not good but although I can’t offer any advice I can say you are not alone.Posted 6 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I’ve worked and lived through huge stress. It ud not to bother me, but when it did it became inescapable.
There are many ways to deal with it. Not all wrong, not all right. For me, talking to a (professional) stranger really helped. Not because she gave me some great insight, but because it was the catalyst for my own insight.
But, you know, start by venting here. It’s remarkably soothing, I find.Posted 6 years agooxnopMember
I’ve felt same over last month due to work. Chest pain, short of breath, extremely irritable with friends/ family and not wanting to exercise.
I realised I was suffering with stress- which I now know is the first step to dealing with it.
Forced my self back into the routine of commuting to work, been out on MTB a few times and made sure I took my little man out for longer walks:
Got through last week without any chest pain.
I’d say get out with your dog, get on your bike and make sure you have some ‘you’ time.
Hope it all works out for you though!Posted 6 years agoCoyoteSubscriber
What qwerty said.
I often get panic attacks. I seem to run between exhilerating, giddy highs and crushing lows with little middle ground. I have occasionally considered the docs but can’t be bothered.
However as qwerty details above, I can recognise the symptoms and *usually* deal with them.
One thing that does help is exercise. Even when you would rather chew through your own wrists rather than do anything, go for a walk. Try a run. It works. Trust me.
Oh, and as others have said email is always open.Posted 6 years agokaiserMember
I became very ill because of stress and ended up an alcoholic as a result of trying to self medicate for 20 yrs . Cut out the booze 2 yrs ago and practice meditation daily for 20 minutes or more. Hard to discipline yourself at first but don’t underestimate what it can do for you in relation to boosting inner peace and ability to relax. not an overnight fix though but can and does change people’s lives for the better. I was constantly irritable before but now remain fairly stress free regardless of the situation and feel pretty chilled the majority of the time.Posted 6 years agocardoSubscriber
Feel for you mate… had some very serious stuff to deal with 4 odd years ago , thought it was never going to end… keep riding that bike and walking the dog tho’ best un-stressing medicine you can have…. the other thing i learnt was who my mates were and who I could trust to unload my problems to… it does get better in the end.Posted 6 years agoDezBSubscriber
You don’t say why you haven’t been on the bike for a while… Makes a MASSIVE difference to me.Posted 6 years ago
There was an article in MBR a few months back, by Andy Waterman. I think it was the October issue. Article was about the way mountain biking makes you completely focus your mind. Gets rid of all the crap thougts, even if it is just for a short while. I reckon that is one of the reasons why its such great stress relief; refreshes the brain.
Found it a very inspiring article (makes a damn change for MBR!!) and I ‘m making sure i get out as much as possible from now on. ( hell of a lot of shit going on at the moment, too).
Anyway, so if its possible, get out for a serious ride!
…..don’t underestimate what it can do for you in relation to boosting inner peace
This very true, although the way I achieve inner peace is to finish all the things I’ve started. For example, today I looked around to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished… So far I have finished one bottle of vodka, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Scotch, some Valium, a small box of chocolates and 9 beers. You have no idea how good I feel.Posted 6 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Yes, in increasing frequency. It gets me by total intolerance of people around me followed by increasingly extreme panic attacks. I suspect most people go through the same in some version – as above, we find ways to deal with it. For me – and this may not apply to you – professionals can just stay right away.
Coyote puts it perfectly – manic, crazy highs and lows which swing around so quickly. That’s the point to try to find a few minutes for a run, anything. Exercise brings it all back from the precipice of extreme violence!Posted 6 years ago
This very true – the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you’ve started. For example, today I looked around to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished… So far I have finished one bottle of vodka, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Scotch, some Valium, a small box of chocolates and 9 beers. You have no idea how good I feel.
They say that laughter is good medicine.
You just made me LOLPosted 6 years agobrooessMember
Got to me once – frustration with work.Posted 6 years ago
Went to the doc, he looked me straight in the eye and said ‘it’s only a job’. Wise words.
As said above, coming on here to acknowledge is first and most important action to take. And not easy to do…
Now find a way to deal and ways to reduce it.
I used therapy – long-needed and hugely beneficial.
Mountain-biking and the fact it requires 100% attention (unlike road biking, running and loads of other sports) is a great releaser. But IME you need to find what’s causing it and sort that, not just ways to cope.
Also recommend yoga – great for core strength, great for finding inner calm.
Drink sensibly if at all, eat well, sleep well, exercise plenty.
And good luck. This kind of thing tends to happen to the good people.
IMO there’s a lot of it about at the moment so you’re not alone
OK joking apart, TSY’s suggestion is imo by far the best : Don’t worry about things that you have no control over, because you have no control over them. Don’t worry about things that you have control over, because you have control over them.
Or not giving a monkeys as I like to say. Not easily done when you’re feeling down, I know, but work on it. You can only do, what you can do. And ride your bike. And walk your dog.Posted 6 years agoyunkiMember
I suffer with stress..
If I don’t manage it with regular riding (amongst other things) it quickly gets on top.. so I will force myself regardless of whether I want to or not.. it turns out for the best 99.9% of the time anyway..
get on your bike Simon.. (thanks for the wheels BTW.. they’re ace)Posted 6 years agokaiserMember
Kaiser, how/what is this meditation you speak of?
best to wiki the word as it covers many practices but my method ( buddhist “mindfulness of breathing” )simplified, is generally sitting quietly following the flow of my breath (and various aspects of it) whilst trying to observe the coming and going of thoughts through the mind but not getting distracted or too involved with them. the effect with practice is that the incessant chatter in your head starts to quieten down and not bother you too much ..which is great! many other benefits too .Posted 6 years ago
there’s a saying “you don’t do meditation ..meditation does you ”
best to wiki the word as it covers many practices but my method ( buddhist “mindfulness of breathing” )simplified, is generally sitting quietly following the flow of my breath (and various aspects of it) whilst trying to observe the coming and going of thoughts through the mind but not getting distracted or too involved with them. the effect with practice is that the incessant chatter in your head starts to quieten down and not bother you too much ..which is great! many other benefits too .
Nice one, will have a read and try that out mate.Posted 6 years agoGJPMember
Chronic stress at work seemed to be the trigger for my Bi-polar disorder, which has pretty much **** up my life for the last 6 years.
Although I have been pretty good for the last 12 months looking back I have lost 5 years of my life, and I will no doubt need to remain on medication for the rest of my life, or the very least the next 5 years, and the risks of a serious relapse make me think I will choose to stay with the drugs.
I have no doubt I am an outlier and my body/brain reacted very badly to it, but stress is something to take very seriouslyPosted 6 years ago
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