Issue: No one understands what I am going through, I try to explain it to them, but no one seems to understand, am I supposed to deal with this on my own?
Insight: No one should deal with their problems alone. Sometimes people may not understand what you are going through, but that doesn't mean they can't be there to listen to you and support you. Sometimes all we need is to have one person sincerely listen to what we are going through in life in order to cope. If you cannot find someone like this amongst your friends or family, seek out a counselor who will. We all need someone to listen.
Issue: I give gifts to my friends all of the time and they don't seem to appreciate it. Do I need new friends?
Insight: We all express and receive love in different ways. Giving gifts is one of them, however it could be that those friends who seem to have a problem with you giving gifts to them, may not give and receive love that way. Watch how they express their appreciation for you and it will give you a clue of what to do for them when you want to show them that you appreciate them.
Issue: Life is not fair. I always seem to get the short end of the stick and I am sick of it! How do I make sure I can always be treated fairly?
Insight: I can tell you right now, you might not like my answer to this. Life is not fair and there is no way for you to ensure that you will be treated fairly in every situation. However, there are ways that might help people treat you better. First of all, always treat everyone else fairly and with respect. You will be amazed at how things may change once you change the way you treat others. Also, it could help to calmly discuss how you feel with the person you believe is treating you unfairly and you can hear their side of the story. It may give you a different perspective on the situation.
Issue: I have been really stressed lately and I find that I am isolating myself as a result, how do I deal with my stress in a positive way so I can still be involved those around me?
Insight: When you find that you are getting stressed out it might be time to go for a walk and become one with nature. I find that spending time in nature brings relaxation, thus bringing down my stress level. It is amazing how connected you feel to God when in His Creation. This connection allows His peace to wash over you.
Secondly, if you find that you are withdrawing from others and you don't wish to continue withdrawing, try taking a walk with someone outdoors. This not only enables you to connect to God, but also enables you to connect with the person you are walking with.
If neither of these seem like they are practical when you are feeling stressed, then breathing deeply and slowly can help your body to calm, which also affects your mind and emotions, calming them as well. Finding ways of taking your mind off the things that are stressing you out is key.
If it is your relationships with people that is stressing you out, then it may be important to take some time to figure out what exactly you are concerned about. Dealing with these concerns will then open the door for you to be around these people without the stress.
If you are struggling to figure what the trigger is, then find a counselor to help you. No man is an island, therefore do not let the stress win.
I strive to help others by being a safe place for others to ask questions and pose issues they face.