[QUOTE=Lone Star Lady;4412748]JW: I hope you find something that works. I don't have anything to add to what's been said, but they're good suggestions (minus the dismembering victims one). :D
I'm also in a stressful situation (loved one has rare disease, which could be fatal) and am trying to figure out how to deal with it. I've heard the same advice—take care of yourself so you can be a better caregiver—but have had a hard time implementing it.
I do have a hobby and I used to volunteer when I was back in Boston. But I just haven't been able to find the time to do either for about five years. I seem to be always working or doing household stuff (or reading JI, which is enough stress for anyone ;) ).
My job is one where I have to work as many hours as it takes to meet the deadlines. Sometimes that's 12 or 14 hours a day, which takes away time from personal time. I know a lot of you have really busy schedules, so how [U]you[/U] do make the time to do the relaxing/focus-on-yourself/fun stuff? Any thoughts would be appreciated.[/QUOTE]
LSL...I have to say 12-14 hr days are gonna kill you. I did it when I was younger and it almost did me in. I didn't see any way around it at the time, I was dedicated to my job. But at some point you have to take a hard look at that. I know its hard but honestly thats too much work for anyone. I still burn the midnight oil on occassion but it shouldn't be the norm.
Also...let the house go to **** once in awhile, who cares! :D