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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Stress
Answer: Exercise, regular sleep, alcohol abstinence, and caffeine abstinence in that order will all help. Focus on your needs and ways to accomplish them. Hectic usually implies lack of time for yourself. Yoga, etc. will also help if you have time. Try to organize your day so there is assured time of at least 15-20 minutes just for your needs. Define these needs closely.
Answer: Hard to tell from your description. The aching would suggest arthritis of some variety and this should be evaluated. Also, sleep disorders like sleep apnea could cause your problem Rather than try herbs, I'd try to have your physician figure out the cause of the problem.
Answer: Burn out is a lack of enthusiasm-even to the point of dread-for an activity that used to be pleasurable. This is usually job oriented;but, can occur with hobbies, sex etc. The amount of time necessary to restore enthusiasm is usually related to the length and severity of the problem. That is, severe cases may take months to restore enthusiasm-if ever. Usually, a vacation will fix the problem. Sometimes, one must focus on those aspects which are "fun". Whether your physician will authorize time off depends on the physician and the severity of the problem.