An SOS to SLS


It’s been a while since I’ve made an entry and this is my attempt to SOS my SLSStressful Life Situations.

The months of March & April have been very stressful. Looks like I’m about to ace the list that comprise the life events stress test. But thank God, I don’t have to go through a marital separation or divorce nor do I look forward to a death of a loved one.

My so-called stressful life may seem petty for some but adding it up might just be stressful enough.

1. I just recently left my previous company [2 months ago], which I’ve been enslaved for 6 months. Leaving the company was the only solution I could think of to get my life back.

2. With Friday as my last day, I started immediately with another company the following Monday. I wasn’t too excited but just grateful not having to queue again in that dreadful office elevator. With every new office environment, colleagues, role, and boss comes adjustment.

3. Two weeks ago, I had to deal with a difficult neighbor. It was way too difficult[!!!] especially when you’re dealing with a crazy [literally mentally unstable] female neighbor who threatened to kill you. Specifically, she threatened to evict me from my unit, then eventually threatened to butcher me. So much for grave threats!

4. With the way things are, the landlord and the police officers remained to be imbeciles. It’s just frustrating to know that people just don’t care whether your life is in danger and will only act on it once the grave crime has been committed. Poor me, I won’t have a share of justice should I be killed by the crazy b!+ch [pardon my French] 🙂

5. I decided to transfer to a different unit as I couldn’t bear the thought of sharing a wall with the insane. I had a hard time sleeping at night, had been very careful not to make any noises….to the point I almost murmur when I talk and watch TV with my headphones on, had to check the hallways if she’s there, and had to even ask the caretakers to escort me in and out of the building. It was a painful process.

6. I’ve got only 1 day and a half to pack my stuff which I have hoarded for the past 4 years. I only had 2 hours of sleep to re-energize myself for the following day as I plan my escape without having her notice I’m gone.

7. Here I am in my new unit, barely a few has been unpacked. I can’t even remember which boxes or containers I have placed most of the items.

8. Lastly, am I even gonna be ready in time for a house-warming and birthday party in 2 weeks?!

Let’s see how am I doing based on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale.

Life event↓ Life change units↓
Death of a spouse 100
Divorce 73
Marital separation 65
Imprisonment 63
Death of a close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53 > check, was emotionally damaged by the grave threats… 😦
Marriage 50
Dismissal from work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sexual difficulties 39
Gain a new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38 > check since my last pay was on hold + I recently had to shell out some money for home upgrades
Death of a close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36 > check
Change in frequency of arguments 35
Major mortgage 32
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
Change in responsibilities at work 29 > check
Child leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse starts or stops work 26
Begin or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25 > check
Revision of personal habits 24 > check
Trouble with boss 23 > check
Change in working hours or conditions 20 > check
Change in residence 20 > check
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Minor mortgage or loan 17
Change in sleeping habits 16 > check
Change in number of family reunions 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Christmas 12 > check due to the upcoming occasions
Minor violation of law 11
  • Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
  • Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
  • Score 150 & below: Only have a slight risk of illness.

Sadly, I got 304… 😦

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4 thoughts on “An SOS to SLS

  1. Wow Jen,

    I am so sorry to hear about your stressful situation with your crazy neighbor. I hope things turn out ok!

    I can’t imagine trying to accommodate someone to the degree it seems you tried to. But, I think it’s great that you tried!

  2. congrats on your new job! is it in makati? taguig? ortigas?

    sorry to hear about SLS, cheer up! you’ll get used to your new home 😉

    • nice to hear from you again….i’m working in pioneer na, near home. less stress for me. 🙂

      oh and btw, the crazy b**** is gone! she started bombarding the unit below her’s…. created a lot of noise and broke some windows. she got kicked out of her unit in exactly 1 month. happy with my new home though and re-started gardening. 🙂

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