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How do you preserve your sanity in times of great stress and chaos?

...Just the other day I found out that my girlfriend has been cheating on me and I got so upset over it and accidentally yelled at my mother and made her cry... and then my dog got out of my apartment in the middle of the night and I got a call that he was hit by a car and one of his legs were crushed. And now my apartment is infested with fleas from my indoor/outdoor cat and I have no money right now to get rid of them, so now my cat, crippled dog, and I are sitting in my house starving and covered in flea bites because I spent all my money at the vet for my dog... I honestly don't know how much more I can take. As each day passes I feel like I'm slowly losing my mind... How does one stay sane and not go absolutely beserk? I feel like running away and either paying someone to bury me in a coffin six feet underground, or getting a lobotomy. But since both of those require money I don't have, I guess I have to stay here and go crazy... Unless you guys have any ways/tricks/ancient secrets or whatever to stay sane in tough situations? Thanks in advance to all who contribute. I greatly appreciate it.

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I know how you feel, because I have felt the same way. There are times when so many negative things happen simultaneously, we just don't think we can take it for one more minute! A cheating girlfriend is enough to make anyone lose their mind. The good news is that your problems are temporary. Time will heal your broken heart, although I know it doesn't feel that way right now. Moms are very understanding, so there won't be any long term consequences. My "ancient secret" for your pet problems, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Dogs can't open securely locked doors. Inexpensive flea collars prevent fleas. Saving money for the inevitable emergency prevents starvation. Things happen, but there are steps we can take to be less vulnerable. Experience is the greatest teacher. I know I did not wrap you in sympathy, and coat my words with sugar, but I hope my practical advice will help. Just remember, time heals all wounds. I'm sure your mom or a friend can help with some food, or go to a food pantry. Hang in there. If things get too tough, dial 211 for help lines. You're not alone.

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You sound just like my mom :/ Alright well, thank you. I'll figure something out. I get paid in a few days.
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Guess all moms sound the same. It comes with the territory.
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I'm sorry about all the things that you are going through right now. Aside from that, the first thing you need to do is apologize to your mother because regardless of how hurt you are, she is the only person who will be there for you through thick and thin. Then you need to go and do some boxing to relieve some of the frustration and anger you are feeling. Afterward you can deal with the fleas by using a mixture of baking soda and salt to kill them. http://www.ehow.com/how_4561018_fleas-naturally-baking-soda-salt.html has instructions. Hope this helps you.

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Thank you so much.
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