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  1. Hi guys, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. I had three days of different family get togethers, and I always seem to get overwhelmed by spending so much time with family and then returning to regular life. I ended up crying again this year, I think because my boyfriend spend a few nights away from me with his family during the holidays and wasn't able to come home Christmas night due to a work event. I still enjoyed my holidays, but I feel bad that I get so overwhelmed, I cried last Christmas too. It was enjoyable to spend time with family, we don't spend a lot of time together and it was nice to spend a few night's at my mom's house. I think change is just hard. Being an adult is hard. Splitting holidays between several families is stressful. However, I am grateful for all of the people who care and am feeling better this weekend, trying to prepare myself for reality once work starts back up again tomorrow. I'll need some extra motivation....hopefully I'll find some!
  2. Well, it's 39F here in the Windy City today, and it's been rainy all week. This is still quite warm for Chicago though, so I'll take it.
  3. Happy birthday!!! :) I hope you have a wonderful day!!
  4. Hi guys, I just got back from vacation Sunday night and had a really relaxing, lovely time. The last time I took a vacation, the change in routine seemed to trigger a depression when I got back home, it was really rough. I was nervous that might happen again, but I'm actually feeling quite calm and happy so far, which is a huge relief. I worked so hard before the vacation to make sure that I would come back and not have work piled up, which made a big difference. I am also off the rest of the week for the holiday and am looking forward to some quality family time, even if it requires a good amount of driving around. I shared a few pictures of the beach at the Dominican Republic in my gallery if you want to take a look, it was truly a paradise, I would recommend visiting someday if you ever get a chance. It's still pretty inexpensive since they got into the resort industry much later than most other Caribbean locations. :) I'm hoping to bake some cookies tomorrow and then the family time begins for the next 3 days. I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and are able to get a little break!!
  5. Hi guys, I've been having some trouble with posting on her lately but just wanted to let you know that I will be out of town the next week so please don't worry if I am MIA for a little while, I will come back online once I'm back in town. I just wanted to let you all know that I'm thinking about you and sending positive and caring thoughts your way, especially Havehope (Monica), Chris, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. :) I hope that you can all find some small joys in this coming week, and I'll look forward to catching up when I'm back in town. **hugs**
  6. That's awful Teddy, I'm sorry. I hope you can try to think about something positive to distract yourself from those negative dreams. Hopefully today will be a better day. **hugs**
  7. Science guy, That's great that you heard back on one of the job apps, I hope that goes well for you! And hooray for quesadillas!! That sounds WAY too hot!! :)
  8. I use the happy light from Bed Bath and Beyond, the Verilux brand, and it's been great for me. My boyfriend has one too, it helps us both tremendously in the winter. I would also recommend taking Vitamin D3, I need to go pick some up myself. It certainly won't hurt to try either! Just remember with the light, you need to use it for 30 minutes to an hour a day for it to work properly. :)
  9. Feeling bummed that it is Sunday night already, the past few days went by so fast, but was a nice little break from work. Back into the routine tomorrow. It was nice to spend time with family and there was relatively little drama. :) I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (if you celebrate). I'm hoping I won't have too stressful of a day tomorrow, I'll try not to focus on it too much so that I can relax and enjoy the rest of tonight. Sunday night blues aren't fun for anyone. Hope you all are able to have a peaceful evening.
  10. I'm so flipping exhausted. I keep wondering how I've been able to make it through each week with such little energy. My mood is fine, I just have zero energy and zero motivation because I feel so fatigued all of the time. Am I not getting good sleep? Too much sleep? I have no idea. Thank goodness I just have one more day to go and then a long holiday weekend. Hope....that website is terrible. The links aren't even clickable, and the text on the pictures is so unprofessional. I'm sorry you have to keep dealing with that. Just remember that this job is temporary! Follena, that is so wonderful about your colleague's offer, that's a great compliment to your character that she would offer something like that. :) I'm glad that you had some good things happen today. Hopefully tomorrow will continue the streak!
  11. I'm sorry to hear that you have not had luck with medications so far. Are there not many therapists available where you live? That is an awfully long time to have to wait for an appointment....I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully you will find some good suggestions here. If you post questions on a new thread, a lot of times you'll get some good answers to specific questions.
  12. Welcome to DF, it's a great community. I love the turtle on your picture, they are my favorite animal. :)
  13. Hi Laure, welcome to DF! I hope you find the support you are looking for her, it's a great site with a lot of compassionate people. :)
  14. Hey half pint, I can definitely relate to having both anxiety and depression. Try to do some deep breathing when you feel yourself thinking paranoid thoughts and focus on your breathing and counting your breaths, I always find that helpful, and the deeper breathing helps to prevent you from hyperventilating. :)
  15. Hi there. There are definitely people from several areas, I'm from the US. Chicago, Illinois, to be specific. There are a lot of caring, supportive people on this site and I hope that you enjoy getting to know some of us! :) One day at a time. There is hope!
  16. Hi VRdavis, Welcome to the community. :) This is a great place to get support and just talk openly about our struggles. Glad to have you join us, hope to hear more from you soon. Have a good night.
  17. Hi Catbug! I agree that DF is a wonderful community full of a lot of caring and supportive people. The other great thing is that you can openly talk about your problems without fear of judgement, while also stating your successes. It's very open and I hope that you will find the support that you are looking for. :)
  18. Hi Cherry, welcome to DF! I'm sorry that you are going through such a tough time. I hope that you will find some good support on this site. Seeing your primary doctor is a good first step to having a discussion about how you would like to move forward in addressing your mental health and best caring for yourself. I currently take medication but I have also used therapy in the past and also found that very helpful. If you are at the point where you are unable to get out of bed, medication might be a good place to start, that way you will have the energy to go to therapy if you so wish. Best of luck! You are not alone in this.
  19. Hi Fay, welcome to DF! It's a wonderful community here! :)
  20. Well, it's 23 degrees outside right now, I'm seriously considering hibernation as a viable option right about now, as I know this is just the beginning. Who is going to go get my groceries? lol. Ugh. I will have to work up the energy to go out in this weather. Maybe I'll buy some nice hot cocoa to bring home...I hope it's better weather by you all for now. Such is life in the Windy City. At least my happy light seems to be helping with my mood, so that's good. If any of you have seasonal depression, I'd highly recommend it. :)
  21. Frozen, good luck with the GRE!! I'm sure you'll do great, just make sure to get a good night's sleep and wear something comfortable and warm. :) I'm feeling pretty good this morning, just watching the snow fall while staying cozy inside. Looks like it's going to be a lazy weekend hiding from the cold, but I don't mind. :)
  22. Elise, I'm glad you found the thread! :) I was just about to send it to you. I'm going to go respond to your email right now.
  23. Hi Lange, welcome to DF! I've been on DF for a few weeks now maybe, and have enjoyed talking with many people on here, I hope that you have a positive experience here as well. We are all in this together! Have a nice evening.
  24. I am feeling so burnt out at work still, every day is just a mental drain. I feel like people expect me to be a magician at work and just have some miraculous solution to every problem in the world, and I just don't have the mental energy to keep problem solving day in and day out and keep pushing through. Ugh. It's got to let up at some point....
  25. I would also not respond. If anything, I would report the post if there is a way to report to administration on CL?
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