My brother passed away last February leaving a wife, 2 teen boys and my devastated mother. I live about 3 hours away from them all and have been as supportive as possible long distance. I took a week vacation after he died to help them sort through financials and things and then try to call my mom often to let her vent. I knew Christmas would be hard for them, but did not anticipate the effect it would have on me. I was blue in December, but after visiting them on Christmas day, I have suddenly become so stressed that I can't concentrate. My blood pressure is up and I worry about everything all the time. I am trying to "fix" myself - I have a Dr appointment Friday, I went to a Yoga class and am planning on going to more. This is not like me, I am usually a calm, collected person. But I think anticipating being an empty nester next year, 2 teen daughters of my own, worring about my family has finally caught up with me. Growing older right now is not my favorite thing.
So this was just a vent, but it helps a little to get it out.
Oh yeah, I gained 5 pounds over the holidays, but have lost 1.5 so hopefully back on the right track as far as eating.