How can I get my appetite back?
I’ve been under an incredible amount of stress for the past two weeks. I recently graduated and started my first full-time job two weeks ago. At the same time, I’m taking evening GRE prep classes (and am taking the GRE on the 21st) as I will be applying to graduate programs in the fall. My new job has had a very steep learning curve that I had not anticipated, and it has left me stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. My performance in my GRE class has reflected that, which has only added to my stress as, obviously, I need to do well on the GRE to be accepted into a graduate program. I spoke with my new boss about all this yesterday, and thankfully he was incredibly understanding and is letting me take the next two weeks off so that I may focus solely on the GRE, which has significantly reduced my stress level.
The issue, though, is that as a result of all this stress, I’ve had literally no appetite for the past two weeks. Even after yesterday, it hasn’t improved. It has gotten to the point where I can’t even force myself to eat anymore…the thought of eating makes me feel sick. I don’t have a scale, but I estimate that I’ve lost somewhere between 5 and 8 pounds. As a 5’4” female who weighed around 108 to begin with, this is obviously a problem. I need to eat (especially because I won’t be able to study and concentrate properly if I don’t), but I don’t know how I can get my appetite back. Any suggestions or advice would be immensely appreciated. It’s also become very apparent to me that I do not handle high amounts of stress very well, so suggestions for dealing with and managing high stress levels would also be very helpful.
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.