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Wed Sep 18, 2013, 4:36 PM


You know that moment in life where you just honestly haven't the slightest idea what to do and have absolutely no one to talk to about it? Running into that problem the last few days.  Both sides of the situation aren't the greatest, and the pressure to do whats consider "right" from both parties is just insane Crying . I keep going back and forth and it's driving me up the wall.

I need to make a life changing choice and simply CANNOT keep it together. Mentally, emotionally, physically. I'm under so much stress it's unbearable and my mind is literally shutting down to the point where I haven't been able to function. Not helping with making said choice at all

Do any of you have any ideas for stress relieving activities? Would appreciate hearing anything you all would think would help :)

I do have some good news though! The CT scan came back clean, no lumps or bumps to be removed. This makes me happy. I still have to take a lot of medicine for the next month and half, but I'm more then happy to do that then having something else wrong. Progress, progress, progress.

Hoping to get back home to CA soon, I'm driving myself mad over here in IL :lol:


In an effort to keep positive and distracted, here is a small feature of beautiful things I've stumbled upon recently :heart:


Lao by TrollGirlTravelers by Tobi-chan-LissesulFoxy by Sophia756. . . by sandrawiklander
Wild Deer by Mr-SloowCircle Of Life - T-Shirt Design by PerfectlyDisastrousFirst Row by PoromaaFence by BranislavFabijanic\
<da:thumb id="400934865"/>in.a.prayer by vicente-oliveiraEvening story by PawelMatyskebelek by PaLiAnCHo

meeting with blue by esmahanozkanfog of snoqualmie.2 by jonesblachowicztalKing snaKe by Pierre-Lagarde790 by Nigrita
Rainbow cats by bemainPablito by synconiFoxes 6 by DarkDeltaPhotoOn the Way by kris-bt


Coding by SimplySilent
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:iconsandrawiklander:
sandrawiklander Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature! :hug:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!
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Skadoske Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:tighthug:
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:tighthug:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
:huggle:

I eat junk food when I'm stressed, but I don't think that's very good advice :B

Eat some healthy food instead. :pat:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: :hug:
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cality Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's wonderful news about your CT scan result! :hug:

As for helping with the stress, I'd suggest taking a break and doing something relaxing that you find fun, something to take your mind off things for a while. :heart:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:tighthug: Thanks for the suggestion!
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:iconcality:
cality Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! :huggle:
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CupcakeInsurgent Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sound very positive, all things considered, so I'm proud of you! As for stress, what works for me is: Praying, taking a nap, petting an animal (this is actually a scientifically-proven remedy. seriously, creature-comfort works :) ), slowing down to have a cup of tea (i just bought a box that's actually called stress relief :o), visiting a friend (or having one visit me), and being read to. Want me to read you a story? If you get bored or want to talk, you can come talk to me. So glad your scan went well c: And thanks for sharing the beautiful things.
-Theresa
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :tighthug: I wish I had my pup to pet, it would help so much.
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really glad to hear that the scan came back clear. As for stress relief, perhaps go for a walk, listen to classical music or find something like baking or some other crafty thing to do?
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I've been trying out some stuff people suggested, and it's working a bit. Thank you :tighthug:
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Nice :D Thank you :rose:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank God about the scan! And hopefully after these few weeks you'll be all off meds and healthy as can be :hug:

As for the stress...I think you need to take a break. This thing is tearing you apart and affecting you so much that it's not reasonable to carry on going full pace. You might need to take a breather and journal and think and pray. Take a walk; think about all the things that are lovely and wonderful and worth it in your life; just sit for a time sipping your hot choc/tea/coffee and not thinking (because you sound like you're thinking on overdrive but going round and round in circles); talk to someone. Even if you feel like there's absolutely nobody you can talk to, I've found that rarely to be the case. You just gotta let go a bit and let yourself be vulnerable and speak.

Be brave, I'm rooting for you :heart:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :tighthug:
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:cuddle: Quite alright; how're you doing?
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Better today. A clearer head for certain :nod:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Take a long walk while listening to music, watch a good series, do sports, make origami :la:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh god, I've been folding like crazy since last night :giggle:
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    :eager: Soooo? What did you make? :la:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I made a pikachu army :lol: And one really lopsided crane..and half a fox. :giggle: I'm not very good at it.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Pikachu army?! Oh my that is so awesome! Pictures or it didn't happen :laughing:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I've got one photo up of the first one I made, but not of the actual army :lol: But I may just put it up.


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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    :iconexcitedlaplz:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Oh yes, so cute and squishable~
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:iconyesyesyesplz: ORIGAMI.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    :iconflyingheartsplz:
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Erwanna-Dragony Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great news about your scan ! :hug:

For stress relieving activities, listening to music is a good way to cool down. I tend to busy my mind with things I love to do when stressed : watching movies, reading, something that needs my full attention, so I won't think of something else.

I hope your situation gets better soon ! :hug:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :tighthug:
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Erwanna-Dragony Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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zidaria Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature!! :heart:
So many beautiful artworks here!
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem
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Riemea Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It great to hear about your CT scan result!
I can't say I have experienced a situtation similar to yours, but I can imagine that the pressure is awful. Know that you're not alone. :hug:

As for things helping when stressed out: sports of all kinds, taking a walk and enjoy nature, listening to music (either classical to calm down or really loud angry music), doing something artsy (drawing, painting, taking pohots, writing, crafting, whatever takes your mind off things), playing piano (although I don't know whether you play an instrument), cooking. Just taking a break from everything for some time with a cup of tea is also great. :)
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Tea has been my savior recently :giggle: Thank you for the advice, it's very appreciated. :tighthug:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. :hug:
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vicente-oliveira Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:joins the huge cheer for the CT scan result: I can relate to what you're feeling and dealing with, and it completely sucks having to deal with something like that without having no one to share the burden.

Regarding the stress relief, I don't know if you've heard about binaural beats ( I didn't until recently) take a look, get your headphones and give it a try ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=31e4EM…

Congratulations for the lovely feature, and thank you so much for including me work in it. My door is always open if you need someone to talk to A Flower for You 
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, and thank you. :hug: I'll check it out immediately!
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LayaboutJoe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013

Kathy, I'm glad to learn your computed axial tomography scan was negative.  Yay!  Here's hoping you can return to California sooner rather than later.

:sun:

As for dealing with stress, well, that's always a knotty problem.  I've no relevant advice, since I've learned over the years each situation is unique.  Mind, I've been visited many times by the Stress Monster—though not latelybut I can't think of any stress-relieving protocol which was remarkably efficacious.

:shrug:

You've my condolences and sympathy in regard to the "no one to talk to" scenario.  My main medium of contact with other humans is the Internet, with the telephone running a distant second.  Real-life human personages with which to converse is something of a rarity in my life these past few decades.  I've gotten used to that, but I hope you won't have to.

:hug:
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:tighthug:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know some people who has the same problem. The cough but nobody find anything. It's like a perpetual allergy... :|

And about stress... A walk, reading, watching a good movie, drinking herbal tea, a warm bath with essential oils... photography... Something I can't tell here... For adult(s) only... 
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rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: I took a long walk and it was quite relaxing.

Adults only? If I could I would, but the meds I am on right now prohibit it :drunk:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking of something more in the bedroom, you now... :XD:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, well I've been needing a drink the past few days, so my mind is on it :B

And my hubby is far :nuu: :lol:


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Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see! :XD:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
I love you Kathy :tighthug: 
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