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Friday, September 14, 2007

Four For Friday

I am sitting here staring at the screen with a mind so full of other things that I can't come up with a good idea for this week's Four For Friday. I am THIS close to just posting four pictures again, but I feel the need to present more than that each week.

You see....I am under stress. A great deal of stress. More stress than I have experienced in a long, long time. The good news is.....the event causing this stress isn't about me or my life directly, but the bad news affects people I love, people I worry about, and in turn it will affect my life. The most stressful part of all this is I can't talk about it. I have to keep it in for awhile. I don't like holding it in. I don't like secrets. I am STRESSED.

So...for this week's installment of Four For Friday, I want to talk about four things I do when I am stressed.

1. I am a stress eater. You know how some people when under stress or emotional pain don't have an appetite and find themselves losing weight? Well that is NOT me. I EAT! I eat JUNK! I eat A LOT of junk! When a good friend of mine died suddenly, I found myself in the grocery store holding a big bag of Cheetos. I proceeded to eat the entire bag in one evening. It was that moment, that I realized my huge potential to overeat large amounts of JUNK when under stress or emotional turmoil. I have fear that over the next few months I will gain 20lbs!

2. I take deep breaths, and let the air out of my mouth as if slowly blowing out a candle. There is a nice loud air blowing sound that accompanies it too. I do this with no warning, and often when under tension and stress. I know I am subconsciously trying to calm myself down, but it can be embarrassing and distracting even to myself. I did this annoying behavior several times an hour today, driving myself batty.

3. I pull hair out of my scalp or eyelashes. can get all disgusted and turn away from my freakishness on this one. Go Ahead....skip to number four. For those of you wanting to torture yourself, go ahead and check out this condition called, Trichotillomania. I have a mild form of this. NOT cool. Luckily, I have never created a bald spot on my head, but I am ashamed to admit that often I have sections missing on my eyelashes. :( Embarrassing, but it is something I struggle to keep under control while I am stressed. I'll be lucky to get through this stressful time with all of my eyelashes.

4. I talk....ummmmm even more than usual! Yup, I am a talker in general, but when I am under a great deal of stress, I NEED to talk about it. I NEED to work through my thoughts out loud, and I can't hardly control it. I drift from one person to the next talking....trying to either get the stress out, or to completely take my mind off the stress. I really feel for my friends and family when I am under stress....I NEVER shut up. I will be needing my friends and family very much, very soon.

So there you have it. My ugly side. My stressed out, fat, heavy breathing, bald eyelided, motor mouth self. Be glad you live far, far away from me right now. It isn't pretty! Oh the STRESS........

You know what? I'd love to not feel alone in all to share what you do when stressed? Pretty please....with sugar on top? Consider it a favor to a girl on the verge....pass the doughnuts!

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Mary Ann said...

I am sorry you are stressed Corey. I too totlly eat tons of junk when stressed. There is something about eating hot, chewy chocolate chip cookies that seems to make everything a little easier to deal with when stressed.

Boricua in Texas said...

I am really sorry you are under stress. Having to keep quiet about it is probably the worst part.

I too eat a lot when I am stressed, eat badly, sleep fitfully and wake up too early. I also get incredibly angry when I am stressed, and pick fights with Gabe or Paula without even realizing what I am doing.

Laura said...

Oh dear! I'm so sorry about the stress, my friend! *hugs* If you need someone to talk and talk and talk to (per #4), you can always call me! :)

I'm a stress eater too, unfortunately. Yesterday Maya's behavior was getting frustrating and I just kept thinking to myself, "Big piece of pie tonight...big piece of pie..." LOL

Maude Lynn said...

Hope things settle down for you!

When I'm stressed, I want sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.

Sunny said...

I use the sugar too...and I have a really bad habit of biting my nails and/or picking the skin around them. I don't even know I'm doing it until it hurts and I see I've made my fingers that's attractive right?

I'm sorry you're stressed, but try to stay calm, and remember nothing lasts forever. If all else fails, there are much worse things than Cheetos, so I say, dig in!

Deb said...

I'm so sorry that you're stressed and that you can't talk about it yet. (when you can, I'm here though if you want, ok?)

I'm a big stress eater too. Especially chocolate. And I do the blowing the air out slowly thing too. I'm not a big talker, but I do find blogging to be a big stress reliever too. ;)

Autumn said...

Oh Core... I'm so so sorry you are stressed.
I am ashamed to admit that when I am stressed I snap and yell at the people I love. I internalize my stress and take it out on the people around me. Nice huh?
I also cry in the shower. It is the only place I feel comfortable sobbing. The water covers my tears.
I hope whatever it is that is causing you stress turns out ok.
Big hugs!

Lori said...

I'm so sorry you're stressed.

Anonymous said...

Hi Corey,
Wow, what a post. Now you gave me something to worry about and get stressed about and I don't even know what it is I'm stressed about! I have to say when I'm stressed I, too, must .... eat. The best thing is toast. Lots of butter on it. But really my first thing to do is pray. God can sure handle a lot more than I can, and a lot better.

Now. On to the business of the day. Isn't someone special turning 33 today?

Happy Birthday, Corey!
{{{{big hug and smile from Heidi}}}

Corey~living and loving said...

Thank you all so very much for supporting me. I really needed it. I did fail to mention that I could use some prayers. I suppose the prayers could be aimed toward me, even though the prayers are needed for other people in my life. Pray for Safety, Strength, and Understanding.
Thank you!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh Corey I really hope you're ok.
I do the eating and the breathing when I'm stressed.
I also talk to myself a lot, sometimes in my head, sometimes out loud.

Hope you're able to talk to someone soon about stuff and that you manage to have a good birthday.

Give Sugar Bear plenty of cuddles.

Hugs from Misses E and M always hep me.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Mines was on the 10th. There are so many September birthdays.

we are reilly said...

Corey, I told you we must have been separated at the birth of our daughters once, didn't I? I pick at my eyebrows and eyelashes too!! I don't have a bald spot, but I do tend to get a lot of lashes out at least once a week!

Anonymous said...

I hope the situation lets up before it gets too bad. I'm also a stress eater or I retreat to sleep. Keep us posted!

:) said...

Corey, I am sorry you are stressed. When I am stressed I usually don't eat and that could be just as bad. When I am stressed I tend to want to exercise and try to work the stress off. I find that stress gives me a stomach ache and that makes me not want to eat. Instead I divulge in my one vice which is diet coke.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry about your stress!!
I tend to eat...then sleep. I find myself talking at God quite a bit...rather than with Him...sigh...I'm trying to learn to talk with Him first!!
One good thing I with my honey...that helps a lot!

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