Grieving, though not in a traditional sense
Most people associate grief with death. But you can also experience grief when your relationship or job ends, when you have a falling-out with a friend, when you learn you can’t have kids, when your parent’s memory starts going.
Grief mimics depression, so sleep, concentration, mood, and appetite are often affected. When you’re grieving, you function at a much lower percentage than the level at which you function when you’re feeling comfortable and connected. Lower your expectations for productivity and performance, and get support from a friend or therapist.
Soldiering through your stress doesn’t make it go away, and it can set you up for a breakdown or depression if you're not careful. Instead of telling yourself to power through it, acknowledge that it’s OK to feel stressed, figure out what you need, and ask for help -- or spend a couple weeknights watching Netflix, if that will help.
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