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SnowFoxFairy

280d

Being mentally ill is so endlessly frustrating, I've managed to land a perfect low stress job that pays well in my field, and I have spent the last two days sobbing off and on because I don't want to go. It's amazing and everyone is super nice and I'll be paid to do what I love, but the idea of having to leave the house and the risk of having a meltdown in front of my employers is overwhelming. I'm just constantly so scared I'll never be able to function well in society.

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    • CatherineDerry

      94d

      Perhaps, when you're ready, you can speak with your employers about your situation and help them understand. Only tell them what YOU are comfortable telling them. They don't need to know everything. But maybe knowing that they'll probably understand if something happens will actually make going to work less scary.

    • CatherineDerry

      94d

      Perhaps, when you're ready, you can speak with your employers about your situation and help them understand. Only tell them what YOU are comfortable telling them. They don't need to know everything. But maybe knowing that they'll probably understand if something happens will actually make going to work less scary.

    • _Georgia_

      112d

      I can totally relate - I can’t count the number of days that I’ve called out of work or just not shown up because it was too much for me to handle that day. I soooo know what it’s like to worry about having a meltdown in front of others. But im so glad you’re doing what you love and I’m so happy you’ve found a low stress job that’s in your field. I still have yet to find that, and I can honestly say I really hate my job lol - But I’m always looking for something that could be less stressful for myself.

      • SnowFoxFairy

        112d

        @_Georgia_ update on this one, I apparently never had anxiety I just had narcolepsy and not sleeping for 20+ years is VERY bad for brain functioning. Also the job is more stressful then it needs to be but its NOTHING compared to before lol Massive win, as soon as we find a way to balance histamines and antihistamines in my body ill be unstoppable.

        • SnowFoxFairy

          112d

          @SnowFoxFairy I still have days when I'm tempted to not go but thats the ✨️genetic chronic depression✨️ But when i was super anxious I had WAY to many days where I had to call in because my panic attacks were making me physically ill. Its a terrible slow road trying to find a safe and comfortable routine in a capitalist society.

    • Denotchka

      279d

      I don't know what your spiritual practices are or if you have any but I always find that prayer has helped me. Also do some breathing exercises before you leave the house it will calm you and lower your blood pressure just a bit. Read some scripture whatever you're into and that should help as well.

      • SnowFoxFairy

        279d

        @Denotchka sadly lowering my blood pressure any more would be VERY bad. But I was lucky enough to get a job that is important to my religious practices so being there itself is grounding in that way at least.

    • Ariel73

      279d

      I'm glad you found a low stress job. Just try to go about your day being grateful for every thing you love about your job and focus on the things about it that make you feel happy and look forward to those moments. Try building beautiful close relationships with your coworkers so that the pressure of opening up to them doesn't feel so threatening to your job. When you focus your attention on building positive relationships it takes your attention off of the things that may be painful and opens yourself up to the wonderful opportunity we have to live and enjoy life.

    • JayFloyd

      279d

      When you look down a flight of stairs, typically you'll think about the bottom of the stairs and the first step you take right? Then the next step. And the next. Notice how all the other steps don't come to mind until you're about to use it. It's a simple example, but if you can apply that logic to your moment by moment needs, it may help. For me the night before going to work is always very bad. I know I'm going to be anxious and I spend most of the day worrying about how worried I'm going to be that night and how tired I'm going to be the next morning because of it. You and I expend SO much mental energy to simply exist. The trick to catch and slow it all is step down. One step. The other steps will be there whether you walk or not. When you wake up, you don't have to immediately be at your job. You gotta wake up. Get dressed. Eat some food. If you're focused on 5 or 6 steps down, then it's going to be overwhelming to take the steps before it. Take the power back from anxiety and take one step my friend.

    • Magi

      280d

      This is too relatable. I feel the exact same. I feel like such an outcast and I’m scared I’m never going to be able to be a functioning human in society tbh - which is such a fear for me. It just feels wrong. I’m proud of you for getting a job that you like! That’s awesome! Somehow we are going to make it through. You are going to make it through! ❤️‍🩹 I’m here for you and you’re definitely not alone in these feelings.

      • SnowFoxFairy

        280d

        @Magi it's good to know I'm not alone 😭🩵 I know I just need to take it one step at a time and I'm unbelievably lucky with the support system I have. But it's scary being trapped in a mind and body that doesn't fit well into the mold that people are supposed to fit through.

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