Is it weird....

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    Nov 20, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    Im 22 years old... Ive been working third shift for the past five years. Tonight I hung out with friends, Came home, and have been drinking to christmas carols and watching the grinch online...

    It's has been a blast to me except for the parts that I feel like a total idiot for randomly going into bouts of tears, bouts of happiness, blah blah...

    I guess thats why I'm posting this... Im confused.


    Im not drinking at 8am because of alcoholism.... Its just my schedule (third shift worker).
    Why does this make me so emotional?
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    Nov 20, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    Drinking alone...

    My favorite, and yes it is not normal.
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    Nov 20, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    ULmatt said
    Why does this make me so emotional?
    Because you're 22 and emotional. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    lol, well thanks
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    From your post it appears Christmas-time means a lot to you.
    I think that's rather sweet.

    -Doug

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    Nov 20, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidGetting drunk alone is not a good sign. You may be lonely or there may be some underlying issue that you need to get through. Is it your day off? Are you drinking daily? If there are underlying issues, only you can want to fix you, no one can do it for you, you have to want to it for yourself, once you make that choice the next step is easier.


    nah, I only drink on saturdays. Too much going on during the week for drinking. But thanks
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    meninlove said From your post it appears Christmas-time means a lot to you.
    I think that's rather sweet.

    -Doug



    I love Christmas time... No obvious reason, or nothing that sticks out about it i mean.


    Gooooooooooood. (god)



    Yeah, just re-reading that, i think I might be going crazy.
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    ULmatt said
    meninlove said From your post it appears Christmas-time means a lot to you.
    I think that's rather sweet.

    -Doug



    I love Christmas time... No obvious reason, or nothing that sticks out about it i mean.


    Gooooooooooood. (god)



    Yeah, just re-reading that, i think I might be going crazy.



    I highly doubt it. icon_wink.gif

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    Nov 20, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    You sound pretty normal to me
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    Nov 20, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    If this concerns you maybe you could try and get a day job. Third shift is very hard on the bod and mind. Sometimes you just don't get enough sleep during the day because of noise, heat, light etc.
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    Nov 20, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    ULmatt saidIm 22 years old... Ive been working third shift for the past five years. Tonight I hung out with friends, Came home, and have been drinking to christmas carols and watching the grinch online...

    It's has been a blast to me except for the parts that I feel like a total idiot for randomly going into bouts of tears, bouts of happiness, blah blah...

    I guess thats why I'm posting this... Im confused.


    Im not drinking at 8am because of alcoholism.... Its just my schedule (third shift worker).
    Why does this make me so emotional?


    Uh, maybe you shouldn't drink and you wouldn't be so emotional icon_razz.gif

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    Nov 20, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    School and work full time is enough for anyone to feel extra stressed out. Mix the holidays and some alcohol together and you're bound to be a little more emotional. If anything I'd say your normal!
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    Nov 20, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    It could be as simple a thing as fatigue. As another poster said, third shift work can do things to the mind/body. I worked third shift just on the weekends for over 20 years and sometimes it would take until Wednesday until I felt normal again. I'd never want to go back to it again.
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    Nov 20, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    Could well be that there is nothing wrong at all. Being sentimental once in a while is a really good thing. And so is a drink or two. The idea that we always have to be strong and sober is just one way to look at things.

    There is a lot of strain working third shift, though. Make sure you get enough rest.
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    Nov 20, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    ULmatt saidIm 22 years old... Ive been working third shift for the past five years. Tonight I hung out with friends, Came home, and have been drinking to christmas carols and watching the grinch online...

    It's has been a blast to me except for the parts that I feel like a total idiot for randomly going into bouts of tears, bouts of happiness, blah blah...

    I guess thats why I'm posting this... Im confused.


    Im not drinking at 8am because of alcoholism.... Its just my schedule (third shift worker).
    Why does this make me so emotional?


    Maybe you are a bit frustrated and those drinks bring out the emotions in you that you otherwise would try to push to the back of your mind not to think about them. I think the best thing for you is to just pause for a moment and think real hard about where you are in life, what you want in life and how to achieve it the best way where all of you is satisfied. People need to do that more often, it helps keeping things in perspective.
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    Nov 20, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    It's at least partially the third shift. It will mess with you.
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    Nov 20, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I did grave shift for about a year. There was always a bunch of us hitting up the patio at 11am. I don't see a problem with it.
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    Nov 20, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    You could get a light box and try light therapy. It's common practice in Alaska when there's very few hours of sun, particularly for developing children. If your work schedule is limiting your exposure to light, and screwing with your circadian rhythm, it could be causing emotional instability.

    Light therapy may sound hackneyed at first, but it's the main treatment recommended for seasonal affective disorder and other disorders associated with limited exposure to sunlight.
    Of course, if you could find another job with normal hours, that would be the simplest thing to do.


    Here's a recent NY Times articles about the growing popularity of light boxes in Northwestern US, where cloud cover can last for weeks at a time.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/health/policy/light-boxes-may-help-melt-those-winter-blues.html

    Good luck.
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    Nov 20, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    How long have these emotional bouts been going on--is this new? How long do they last? Do they always coincide with drinking?



    This could all be a sign that you're just... *gulp*... human. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    Dude, don't stress it. I've been there too, shit just happens weird like that doesn't mean anything is wrong with you. Your completely normal. icon_biggrin.gif

    But if you ever need someone to watch some Christmas movies with, im your man haha
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    Nov 21, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies... yeah, now that Im in my right state of mind, I think last night was just some normal emotions coming out...

    Its been a while since Ive gotten emotional so it was about time it happened. ha

    I actually feel a bit better today... less stressed. A good cry seems to help sometimes, alcohol induced or not ;)
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    Nov 21, 2011 5:02 AM GMT

    "A good cry seems to help sometimes..."

    For this, in my eyes, you certainly get the Nobel Prize for normal, and I think, emotionally healthy.

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    -Doug
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    Nov 21, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    With a body like yours, how is it even possible to feel sad about anything?
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    Nov 21, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidWith a body like yours, how is it even possible to feel sad about anything?
    He feels like his inside is rotting.
    As long as the outside looks like that, the inside can do whatever it wants to do...unless it starts to smell like rotting insides.
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    Nov 21, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWith a body like yours, how is it even possible to feel sad about anything?


    haha, Not sad anymore... I can't even really say I was sad last night. I was just a bit emotional for some reason.

    And thanks for the compliment. icon_biggrin.gif