I have often noticed how different people cope with stress. What I’ve seen (in my limited experience) is that non-Aspies, such as my other half, seem to deal with stress a lot better than people like me. I’m not sure if this is generally true.
Something else I’ve noticed is that men seem to cope better than women – but this might be because they have been raised with an expectation of stress, or taught to have greater confidence in their own resources.
Whatever the reasons, I know that my body does not cope well with stress. When I get stressed a whole host of symptoms appear: mouth ulcers, tiredness, sensitive bowel, insomnia, dry skin, comfort eating or loss of appetite. I’m also open to any germs my toddler happens to send my way – mostly colds and sometimes diarrhoea.
This sucks. I am fed up of it.
I have had so many changes to cope with in the last 12 months and no immediate sign of any respite. I always seem to have too much to do.
I suspect, I need to change, rather than waiting patiently for life to ‘calm down’.
So, how do you do that? How do Aspies – or anyone – cope with stress?
All tips (and sympathy) welcome!