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the beast within
When the beast within threatens to take you out of living, there are things you can do to fight back. Checkout how I tame my beast here.
At this very moment I lie still within the confines of a 8×8 bedroom; I feel safe and at peace. But… When I integrate into a world that is seemingly bent on individualism, it evokes the beast within.
Seems to me, that the world we live in, it’s becoming increasingly more loud by the day. Louder cars, louder music, louder ringtones; stupidly big trucks; and if that weren’t enough, everything known to man beeps, dings or has the most annoying ringtone.
While this may not seem to bother many, although I find it difficult to believe that it doesn’t; I also feel like there are more and more people whom find it a challenge to immerse themselves into a never-ending chaos of chatter and YouTube videos playing at full volume at coffee shops and restaurants. SO inconsiderate.
For me, venturing into the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop or a retail store is simply unbearable. I mean, it’s so overwhelming that it sets my nervous system a fire.
Consequently, it also awakens the beast within, especially lately. Essentially, if I spend too much time into the wilds of our inhumane habitat, I rapidly fill to the brim with what I call a PTSD rager. While all this is true, it doesn’t mean that I can remain locked behind a door forever. So, I have committed myself to never being in prison by my depression, my anxiety, and especially by post-traumatic stress.
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Perhaps it’s time for me to buy a really great pair of noise-canceling headphones? Personally, I think that it’s sad to have to do that but on the other hand, they do work great. Regardless, I grow tired of having to customize my own life and disorder for the entire world. But I digress.
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But alas, it is impossible to mould a world around an individual whose disorder sends him into a rage, frightens him, her, or them constantly because of PTSD, and it started a response.
Knowing that it is I who must learn to cope with things beyond my control, I am actively seeking out solutions that help me customize my way around the multiple walls of sound waves that fly in every direction.
THINGS I DO TO QUELL THE BEAST WITHIN.
In my view, taking time to rest me very well be the most important element of being able to walk amongst others. I believe it to be so fundamental because PTSD is absolutely exhausting; the world’s noise is one of the quickest ways to have your energy drained. When this happens to me, I feel the exhaustion take hold in the brain fog start to roll in. Personally, I tolerate the world better as long as I can get a good nap; who doesn’t love a good nap.
Learning to be mindful is essential for people afflicted with PTSD and other forms of mental illness. Grounding one’s self in the moment can help you manage your way through your day. This can help by calling attention to where you are. If, for example, you are in your car, push your feet to the floor, notice the feel of the steering wheel or close your eyes and workout as much of the interior of the car as you can. While this may seem silly is amazingly effective in taking your mind and calming it. Its benefit? Making mental room to tolerate that errand you have to run or that meeting you must attend.
When I find myself getting overwhelmed, I find Deep breathing very effective. It’s like the, “break glass in case of emergency” kit. I find the absolute quietest spot in the area and I breathe deep; Slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth. It helps get me through.
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While you are in the middle of downtown anywhere, it is not likely that you can run out of the establishment you are in and hit the nearest gym for a good round of exercise. But… What you can do almost every time is go for a walk.
I’ve had to go for a walk countless times while gallivanting out in amongst crowds and the noises they produce. I find it really does work! Although, I have noticed its effectiveness may vary depending on the severity, but, nonetheless, it does help every time. For me, it’s a Case of ever little bit helps.
Sleep can not be understated when it comes to good health; both mentally and physically. While nightmares are a problem for people with trauma, I nonetheless, do my best to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every morning. I do ok. I see it as a work in progress. Furthermore, I do find that a weighted blanket does wonders for me.
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