Prioritize. One method to help mitigate the impact of stressful times includes identifying what is most important and critical in the short term vs. long term - then determine where effort would be best spent in order to get through the stressful period.
Carry On. The expression, "nervous breakdown" has been in use for more than 100 years. But it is not a defined or specific mental disorder. In fact, in his best-selling book published in 1976, "your erroneous zones, " dr. Wayne dyer asserted that "...[t]here is no such thing as a nervous breakdown." if you have problems managing moods, thoughts, or behaviors, your doctor can help you with self-management.