Im signed off work with stress-related illness at the moment, and I have crunchingly bad period pains today (i have endometriosis). So I'm in bed in my nightie with a pile of dirty laundry to get through, unwashed hair and a shopping list that ends to be ticked off. Instead of relaxing, I'm feeling incredibly guilty. The list of things I should be doing is going round and round in my head and I feel dirty & lazy for lying here. I don't know whether to drag myself down to the shops to make myself feel useful, or to stay here and try to relax. *sigh
Run a hot bath, it'll help the period pains and you can maybe wash your hair in the bath for once.
If you're already suffering with stress, then you need to to tackle this slowly as it doesn't add to your existing stress issues. Do you have food in for tonight, and is it raining where you are? If you have food tonight, focus on the washing. however, if it's raining, you can't readily get washing dry - sort out a load that can be tumble dried if you have a dryer. If not, go back to the shopping list.
when did you last eat / take pain killers? After your bath / before it if you feel particularly low, get yourself something decent to eat, so toast not chocolate, and a drink and some painkillers. You'll start to feel a little better then can start to make plans.
You are not "lounging around", you are ill, signed off by a GP, and are bleeding with strong abdominal pains. If you were lounging around, you'd be dressed, and lying on the sofa with your feet up watching crap and eating chocolate. That's not the description you've given.
I know fire. I think I find it hard to judge how much of not wanting to do things is stress, and how much is because of my period pains today. MN is a good barometer. Seems most people would think it's ok to do only little hits with bad period pain. So I feel reassured to rest & do what I can, not force myself to do things.