I Must Confess…I’m Stressed Out

It’s time for my weekly confession as part of the I Must Confess linkup.

You may have noticed I have been missing in action around these parts this week (or you haven’t, that’s okay too!)

Well, I have been dealing with the sale of our house, which I guess, is official now that the SOLD sign has been splashed right in front of it!

While the selling part has been surprisingly easy (apart from the endless quest to keep the house ready for inspection), it’s the buying part that been wearing us down.

Our customary indecision has again taken hold and, as usual, we cannot make a decision on where we are moving to next.

Which is stressing us and our kids out. A lot.

So much so, that I’ve barely been able to eat today, due the bloating and pain and nausea besieging my stomach. I’ve felt off for the last week but today it’s been debilitating.

My husband blames it on stress and I would have to agree with him. My history of stress-related illnesses is quite damning…

Aside from cold sores and colds which rear their ugly head whenever I’m run down, I also regularly suffer sinus and tonsillitis in periods of stress and anxiety.

It got so bad that I had my tonsils removed a few years back but the little buggers didn’t bugger off, they just settled for a new home in my sinus passages. I’m expecting another visit from my ‘besties’ any day now…

In the lead up to my wedding I was visited by ring-worm looking eczema sores on my arms due to the strain of preparing for a wedding, planning for an overseas honeymoon and completing my honours thesis at the same time.

Take it from me, please, do not try that at home.

A few years later, while living with my in-laws and saving up for our first home, I suffered the first of many temporal lobe epilepsy seizures. They lasted for 2 years until we finally settled in our first home.

Curiously, I have not had a seizure since 2003 – another trick of stress and anxiety on my body?

More recently, I’ve had trouble recovering from normally quick and relatively harmless viruses.

Late last year it took me a full week to recover from viral conjunctivitis and earlier this year I had severely impacted sinuses which led to trips to the hospital and my GP.

What was common in all these cases? All these instances were closely aligned with stress and anxiety in my life.

So I have to come to the conclusion that my body does not ‘do’ stress very well.

Are you like me, does your body struggle to cope with stress and anxiety? Or are you a physical powerhouse when it comes to coping with the strain?

Please, feel free to share your own confession too – you are not alone!

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6 Responses

  1. Kate Sins says:

    Oh Kirsty, that’s so unfair – you have stress and then a physical manifestation. I hope it’s all short-lived and you find the right house soon. Choosing a house is so hard. We had to do it last year. Fortunately it worked out well but it was stressful at the time.

    When I was younger I got tonsillitis whenever I was run down. Now it’s pharyngitis. It’s not painful but rather uncomfortable, but it’s nothing compared to your illness. That must be really difficult sometimes.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Kate. I’m feeling better today but it is curious how my body always has a physical reaction to stress. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come up with something too crazy next time!

  2. Marita says:

    I hear you. My Crohns flares up when I’m under stress. The doctors tell me to rest and take it easy. Hah! tried that with two ASD kids who think sleep is for the weak?

    Can’t image the stress of house buying on top of it all.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I can only imagine how hard it would be for you Marita. There is no way you can remain relatively stress-free while caring for kids on the spectrum. We just spent a horrific day with Gilbert who lost it countless times today due the stress of going back to school tomorrow – every Sunday is the same. Thank goodness I felt better today than I did yesterday or I would have lost it too!

  3. Big hugs Kirsty – that is a lot of stress to handle – I hope you find your next move soon. I often end up with headaches and skin breakouts when stressed, when i was younger it was often get run down and then get sick…
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Deb, I’m glad I’m not the only one whose body fails when under stress. I just hope we sort our house out soon before my body comes up with something more weird and wonderful for me!

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