CURRENTLY MY HEART IS THUMPING LIKE MAD, MY HANDS ARE SHAKING AND MY LUNGS HURT. TODAY I HAVE HAD WORK MEN IN AND OUT OF MY ROOM, A PORTER HAS SNAPPED AT ME AND I HAVE HAD A DEEPLY UNCOMFORTABLE SEMINAR IN WHICH I HAD TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF STRANGERS.
HERE IS HOW I COPE WITH A BROKEN BRAIN ALONE, THIS EVENING:
1. I will make myself a mug of blueberry and apple tea
I am aware that this is a very British cliche but, honestly, the feeling of a hot sweet tea coursing down my throat is so comforting. It is a pleasant sensation that I can focus on rather than the other uncomfortable feelings occurring in my body right now.
2. I will listen to my favourite band
I adore Paramore and I know exactly what songs of theirs’ to listen to when I am feeling particular emotions. I know the lyrics to their songs so it is not hard listening, I can just let the familiar words wash over me and their comforting sounds surround me. Listening to music which I know inside-out gives me a cosy feeling inside which I really tap into when my situation feels anything but cosy and calm.
3. I will close my curtains
As I live on the ground floor of a large block of flats I have to contend with all the people walking past, many of whom enjoy staring straight into my room as they stroll past my window, looking at exactly what I am doing. For so many reasons I find this jarring throughout the day, so as soon as I can justifiably claim that it is the evening I will take advantage of this and close my curtains. It is easier to cope with being lonely and not having any friends when you don’t have to watch groups of mates giggle and have fun together on a Friday evening right outside your window.
4. I will watch videos
Watching my favourite youtubers is like catching up with a friend in someways. These videos give me some lighthearted entertainment which can temporarily distract me from what is happening in the moment as I can immerse in somebody else’s life which is edited and glossy and not distressing.
5. I will wrap myself in a duvet cocoon
When I am anxious, I very often do not feel safe. For whatever reason I feel vulnerable and on edge and being wrapped securely in my duvet really helps me to quash those fears and reassure myself. Being warm in my bed and snuggling in my most comfy pyjamas feels like such a luxury to me, as a lot of the time I usually spend in bed is when I am frustrated with myself for being unable to sleep.