If there's one thing I've learnt, guiding my friends through many trials and tribulations (and experiencing some of these myself), it is that everyone has completely different ways of dealing with these stressful and emotional times. What helps one person feel better will make another person feel worse and when people don't deal with it the way you do, it can leave you confused.
Those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that some of my tweets have sounded pretty sad recently and the truth is I've been down in the dumps. There isn't one major thing that's set me off, it's been a whole lot of crappy little annoying things that have amounted to a rather heavy load on the camel's back.
How do I deal? It seems to have to changed and whether that's through maturity or circumstances, I'm unsure. I used to be a drama queen and I'm not anymore. I'd storm off to my room, shouting obscenities and making a big hullabaloo. After my depression at the end of 2007 though, I've noticed that the way I deal with things has changed. When I'm annoyed or irritated, I keep my mouth shut and instead of curling up in my room I run... not run away as such but I head out. Far far away...
Talking to my pastor's wife on Sunday afternoon, I brought up the fact that I seem to be escaping home whenever I can (tonight is a prime example, I'm staying at CCs), going out to parties or meeting friends in bar. PW helped me see the reason why I don't stay at home - with mum being sick and Dad and sis also being stressed, there is no way that it feels like a relaxing place to be. So I go out, I have a couple of drinks and dance until I forget and that's not a horrific way to deal with it... hey, my church even approves LOL
So how do you guys deal? Tell me in the comments.