Work is already hellacious and it's only the third day of the new year. At times like these, I find the only way to cope is not to think too much about how stressed I am and how unmanageable it all feels, but to simply focus on each of the tasks in front of me at any one time. This was my tactic a few years ago, when I was very ill. The only way to stop myself from sinking into a dark space was to focus not on being ill but on surviving moment to moment. Today I must focus on the things necessary to get the job done. Otherwise my head will surely explode.