Why Am I So Stressed?

Summer, a time when teachers can kick back and take a load off. Summer, a time when teachers can be less stressed. No lesson plans, no parent conferences, no grading.

So why am I so stressed?

Whelp, here it goes:

    • I Moved – I recently moved with my fiancé to be. We moved in together. We have been packing up our respected apartments. I have been cleaning our apartments so we can receive our security deposits back. I can tell that my stomach has been off because of the lack of sleep. Each night I am up until at least mid night, either cleaning or unpacking. Because I am up later, I eat later. Recently I have been eating at 10:00 P.M. I really do suffer in the morning since the food is sitting in me as I lay down.  As soon as I wake up in the morning, the food is on the move! I spend my mornings in the bathroom.
    • I’ve Had No Breaks. I went right from the last day of school, to the first day of camp. Even though camp is more laid back, there was no break just to relax. I would have liked one day where I could just get recharged before starting camp. I can tell my body is very tired. When I am very tired, I tend to use the bathroom more.
  • New Surroundings – I only go to camp for 40 days (eight weeks) in the Summer. Even though I have been at the same camp since 1999, I still have to get used to the bathrooms at camp. They are little wooden shacks, so everybody sees you going in and coming out. Even though that there are many people who know my condition, I am still self conscious. I am also the head counselor for the fifteen-year-old boys and girls.  They are “partial campers,” in that they work with their small bunk during part of the day, and the other half we do activities.
  • Trips – One of the incentives of being a “Counselor is Training (CIT), is that we go on trips, once to twice a week. Some of the trips are long, and challenging for people with IBD. We have our tubing trip coming up. That’s three to four hours on the river without a bathroom. I haven’t had a chance to sit down with the owners and talk to them about me not going. I really do want to go on the trip, but I don’t think it would work with me. I go into more details about the “trips,” in another article, but basically, I want to help camp anyway I can. I hope I don’t let them down.

Basically, once I get over these first few weeks “jitters,” I should be ok!  There are a lot of changes (all good) going on in my life, and I just have to sit back and say, “Paul, its Summer, RELAX!”  Schools out, and I should be having fun. The IBD isn’t going anywhere, and I have to get back on the mind set of “It is what it is!

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