For me I know that without a doubt stress is a HUGE trigger for my IBS-D. I talk about it with my doctor who just says to not stress, find a way to let it go....yeah but HOW? I try not to stress, but the fact is there are things that I cannot escape and though I try I know subconsiously I still stress about them. Here are some examples of my stress;1. General stress about having a IBS-D attack2. My grandmother has stage four ovarian cancer, which has cost her removal of most her bowels, it has spread into her liver and other organs and she is in month 22 of the 24 they gave her...the outcome is inevitible...but how to process that????3. Family, I have A LOT of responsibilities in my family to be the strong one to handle whatever it is that goes wrong. Be it helping my mom deal with my grandma's disease, my sister with my nephew who is 17 having problems in school and ridiculous girlfriend issues.4. My job, potential loss of it if I keep missing work due to my IBS-D and just huge cuts that are being made because of the economy and such.5. Just being miserable because of weight gain to steroids doctor had me on for nearly two years, no relationships because of my disease, no hope for having a family of my own because of said disease, feeling like a rotten friend for always having to bail on plans made (which are few enough as it is)So, what preytell can I go to just deal with it all when it gets to be too much? When my symptoms aren't bad I feel like I can handle all of this, but when the episodes hit my mind is the first thing that goes to a really dark and sad place. How do I fight my way back out of it. I would love to hear what some of you do to combat stress and the dark times. Perhaps I can find some inspiration and something new to try...its either that or just crawling into bed with the covers over my head and never coming out again....which many times sounds perfect.