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    ShaSha
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    Hi

    I just joined this hoping I could get some advice.  Recently I have been extremely stressed out looking after my son who is 20months , I live alone now and i have began a new relationship however I dont want to talk to him about my feelings of stress being a parent. Or talk my mum how I am feeling.

    I feel like I reach breaking point sometimes however somedays i am completely fine until something gets me feeling down again and i dont want to leave the house or talk to anyone.

     

    Any suggestions on dealing with stress?

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    Empty
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    Are you sure it’s stress? It could be depression and considering the age of your son, something like post-partum. You really need to be speaking to your GP I would suggest.

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    ShaSha
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    I’m not quite sure i feel that. I am not low as often to think it could be that but I haven’t got too much of an idea what post partum consists of i just go through phases.

    #11985 Report

    Empty
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    Well that sounds more like depression than stress, though I’m no doctor. You know who are doctors? GPs. Stress tends not to run in phases, whereas depression comes in moods (but then, so do other conditions like bipolar). Common symptoms are:

    Withdrawing from other people; Feeling sad and hopeless; Lack of energy, enthusiasm and motivation; Trouble making decisions; Being restless, agitated and irritable; Eating more or less than usual; Sleeping more or less than usual; Trouble concentrating; Trouble with memory; Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty; Anger and rage; Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life; Trouble functioning in your personal life.

     

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    Abbeydad
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    Hi stress, anxiety, sleeplessness I’m sure alot of people can say some of this is part of the challenge of separation.  Health Issues as well can come up too, I found a number of things have helped, for sure social interaction, friends and change of environment really help everyone who’s at home alone with their problems and children who are too young to really talk about things.   I found cutting out tea and coffee was a big help, yes mega tired for a while, that helped me sleep more, then waking up in the middle of the night was a problem. My solution is chamomile tea before sleep, and Valerian root Holland and Barrett do capsules.  I also cut out as much sweets as I can manage as this seemed to cause anxiety when blood sugar peaked and dropped, walking during the day also helps.  It would be great to hear other peoples strategies that helped. I wish you well

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    ShaSha
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    Thanks @abbeydad 

    Sleep has helped alot i think and trying to think more positively too

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    Stacey
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    Hi I’m not a mental health expert but I am a single mom on my own who definitely does not want to talk to my mother! If you want to talk about the stresses of raising a parent with me please go ahead. I’m on here looking to do the same!

    Stacey

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