Updated: Mar 18
If you can't find peace and quiet...create your own.
Some of you live in houses, apartments, condos, townhouses which means you experience neighbor noise. It's nice to think that people would be considerate of sound, but they aren't. Music, fights, dishes rattling, the occasional dog running up and down the stairs thumping for hours. These noises can be unbearable for anyone, but if you have a disability that leaves you sensory sensitive. This is torture.
External forces are not in your control, so control what you can. In a place of chaos, make some peace. We have every type of noise-canceling device possible: headphones, earmuffs and earplugs, thick hats, and scarfs. Sometimes it is so loud that we wear them all! This may seem extreme to some, but what's worse… keeping noise out so your mind is quiet or having panic attacks from loud inconsiderate people? We choose the quiet as much as we can. Recently, we purchased a hammock that doubles as a sensory swing. It is incredibly helpful to calm our senses and relax our bodies. Sensory processing supports are key to mental well-being.
What do you do to self-soothe during a panic attack?
It may feel like you have no options for relief from anxiety, but there are many options to try! Here is a list of 15 ways to calm yourself down, which can be a great place to start. Never underestimate the power of breathing, centering, and reminding yourself that you are in a safe place.
Have you found a way to identify your triggers and establish new coping mechanisms?
No matter your trigger or anxiety level, we encourage you to find your calm, quiet, and peace in an uncontrollably loud world. Just remember that you can do this, and there are a plethora of ways to cope in this loud, loud, stressful world.