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Do you have any magic rejuvination cures for extreme stress and exhaustion?

Asked by Coloma (47015points) June 29th, 2014

I have been under a relentless amount of stress this last 10–12 weeks. Seeking new employment and potentially relocating to a new area. I just had another curve ball hit me 2 days ago when after settling on a new situation, something even better presented and I have a 2nd interview tomorrow.
I am so exhausted, and have been on an adrenaline surge for days.

I am taking stress vitamins and trying to get enough sleep, may go for a massage this afternoon, but..does anyone have any tips or tricks to help me feel better in the next 48 hours? A miracle diet, more vitamins, more rest, anything that might help me recover a slight bit before the next major push of action descends?

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filmfann's avatar

Dance with this

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Coloma I think we both know what I’m going to say here ;)

hearkat's avatar

I had a long soak in the bath yesterday, and that did me a lot of good. I can also recommend drinking a lot of fluids, because when we’re busy and stressed, we are more likely to lose fluids and less likely to drink enough healthy liquids (a.k.a. non-alcoholic and/or non-caffeinated).

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Accepting what I can’t change (easier to say than do) and scheduling time to relax. Have a bath, go for a walk to a favourite, peaceful spot and meet with friends to distract myself.

longgone's avatar

I know you’re going to the movies, which sounds good. Apart from that, I would tire myself out and then sleep – a lot.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

B vitamins, vitamin D, plenty of exercise, especially long walks. Stay away from alcohol.

Coloma's avatar

Check on all of the above. Sleep is number one right now. :-)

chyna's avatar

Soak in a bubble bath and let us know how second interview goes.

Coloma's avatar

@chyna Good plan, but have to wait another hour or so, watering the yards here, then, Calgon take me away.

pleiades's avatar

Watch a documentary on how kids grow up in desolate parts of Africa, maybe feeling more fortunate of your situation and opportunities will give you that extra drive.

Strauss's avatar

Find a good friend or two to take you away from it all for a few hours!!!

Coloma's avatar

@Yetanotheruser I did that yesterday. :-)
Sitting out on the deck here, fluthering while the sprinklers are on and then, bath and bed time.

Coloma's avatar

@pleiades Well…while that may be true it doesn’t really help when it is you in a highly stressful circumstance, I guess I could send my leftover zucchini to Botswana. haha

dxs's avatar

Play the guitar. I’m doing that right now before I go to bed. Great winder-downer.

Coloma's avatar

@dxs Yes, music helps. :-)

Haleth's avatar

Also, drink plenty of water and spend time in peaceful places that are not crowded.

Haustere's avatar

The 26 minute NASA nap, hands down. Sounds underwhelming, but it works for me. :) An alternative would involve watching something funny to lighten your mood before an interview.

Coloma's avatar

@Haustere haha..Welcome here, more like a 26 hour power nap, but if I slept for 26 hours I’m pretty sure that would mean I was dead.

gailcalled's avatar

Probably no miraculous solutions except resolution of the job and relocation issues. When will that happen?

gondwanalon's avatar

Pet a friendly cat. It works for me.

Coloma's avatar

@gailcalled Yes. right you are, still waiting…waiting, waiting, waiting, wait…
@gondwanalon I have 2 of those, time to grab a cat and get a little purr going on.

Strauss's avatar

“Soft kitty, Warm kitty, Little ball of fur.,
Happy kitty, Sleepy kitty, purr,purr, purr..”

(repeat as needed, in Mommy’s voice)

linguaphile's avatar

Once I moved to a new state and the honeymoon period of being in a new place wore off, my PTSD crashed and burned around me. Being away from the stressors, being away from having to survive and being in a quiet, stable place freaked me out. Too much time to think and process, and I had developed coping skills built on a house of cards. So… the last two years have been one long process to heal.

To deal with PTSD, which is essentially a form of anxiety, I’ve taken up the Emotional Freedom Technique. There are quite a few web sites dedicated to EFT—all have different nuances, but the concept is the same—the tapping or applying of pressure on the pressure points have helped calm and divert the runaway trains in my mind. It might simply be that I’m doing something physical, not just thinking about things. Sounded like voodoo at first, some of the web sites are really ‘out there,’ but worked for me. Give it a try.

Coloma's avatar

@linguaphile I had the opposite experience. Some years ago after a period of intense stress then a return to balance and peace, well, I soaked it up like a sponge, No PTSD here, just major life changes and upheaval again for the 2nd time in 15 months. I’d give anything to go back to the zen garden I inhabited for years. No trouble here adjusting to peace and ease. haha

linguaphile's avatar

In the meantime, maybe try EFT. It’s considered a pseudoscience by Wiki but it helped divert my anxiety.

Hang in there, buddy :) Hugs!

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