Thursday, July 12, 2012
Challenge 1, Part 2: Self Soothing
Continuing with this challenging topic, moving into self-soothing, where I struggle even more, has been an interesting process. Again, keep in mind, as negative as this might seem, I do know that things can only get better and easier, which is the silver lining on this whole process! I think that compared to self care, self soothing is a whole different ball game. My ways of soothing myself, of calming myself, aren't the healthiest. So once again, a heck of a lot of effort gets put into this area as well. I am super sensitive to light, sound, texture, temperature, all that stuff. It poses a challenge more often than not, but I'm getting better at figuring out (with the help of my therapist and team) how to work through these sensory overload situations.
Other things I do at home to self-soothe include napping, reading a familiar book (it's like visiting my best friends,) and listening to music. I also like to do yoga, and find a few restorative poses can be really helpful. Sometimes I'm just so disoriented and upset, that all I can do is curl up in a ball and breathe, but you know what? It works.
While I know that many of my self-soothing tools are rather childish, they're what I've got right now. Eventually I hope that I don't get as overstimulated and am better able to regulate just through breathing or what-not, but for now? You gotta do what you gotta do, right?!