2009 through 2011 was a difficult time for me. Hubby was at school in a different state. I was stressed and emotionally out of whack. One of my strategies to deal with the pain was volunteering. The experience was rewarding and helped me feel better. I still volunteer and I hope you will consider doing so. Your community is a better place when you give back.
On a separate note, I had a great workout today (another stress relieving activity). 20 minute run at 4.5 and 15 minutes of weight lifting. Also, I'm giving myself kudos for cooking tons of brown jasmine rice without burning it. Kudos!