The shit you’re suppressing in hope it’ll disappear
Ignore it long enough, and it’ll go away, right? While that might (hopefully!) work when it comes to the Kardashians, it doesn’t work that way with stress and other feelings. You’re actually causing yourself more stress by choosing avoidance.
When you don’t give yourself time to process, rest, and rejuvenate, you’re en route to a bad, bad place. The cycle of stress is as follows: Alarm->resistance->exhaustion. Resist long enough, and you’ll be attacking police with an umbrella and shaving your head.
How to fix it: Do the world and yourself a favor and lean into whatever’s going on. A therapist will likely be your most effective resource in this case, but exercise, meditation, yoga, listening to music, writing, art, reading, and connecting with friends will also help. And, of course, make sure you’re getting enough sleep (7 to 8 hours a night), eating real food (and supplementing if necessary), laying off the espresso, and permitting yourself to experience emotions other than happiness.