This past week I have been VERY stressed at work and have done a very bad job of handling it, but my wife has been a huge help. With Jen's new job she needs to be at work at 4:30am, meaning we go to bed a bit earlier than most people. The past few nights I have worked very late and she has already been asleep. This has been very hard for us since we actually enjoy spending time together (go figure right...). We have also been struggling with the weather and our neighbors who live above us who are VERY loud. Put all of this together and it has been a very challenging week for us, and one I have not made any easier with my stress.
The only thing that really brings me comfort during this stressful time is Jen. She is such an amazing wife that I am truly a lucky guy. This is not the first time I have let stress take over my life, and now the second since we have been together. Because of this I have decided to seek help through therapy. This was a very difficult discussion for me since I always thought people who went to therapy were a bit loony. However, now I'm finding this can be an amazing tool to help me with my stress problem. I am not necessarily opposed to the drugs they may prescribe me, but I am more interested in trying to learn techniques to better handle my stress to not let it take over my life like it has. We have a friend who just finished her masters in counseling and I called her for some advise. She was a huge comfort to me and I ultimately made the decision to do this based on her description of some of the therapy techniques she thinks may help me.
I decided to blog about this because on Monday all my work stress will be coming to a close as my project is due. I also wanted to write about this as away to hold myself accountable to make sure I go and seek the help I need. I know this stress will eventually go away, but I fear one day it will come back and I want to be prepared when it does. Jen means to much to me to try and not figure this out and try and get mentally healthy, and I truly value her support through this difficult time. She is something like a superhero to me.