People who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often struggle with persistent and intense symptoms of anxiety. These strong anxiety symptoms often lead people with PTSD to rely on unhealthy coping methods, such as drug or alcohol use.
Fortunately, there are numerous healthy ways to deal with anxiety. These strategies can help reduce the intensity of PTSD, reduce its frequency, and make it more tolerable. One such method is by using blackout shades for your windows or home. But let's first understand more about PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a severe accident, a terrorist act, war/war, rape, or those threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. It is normal to feel fearful, stress, anxious and disconnected, after a traumatic experience. But if the problems don't go away, you could have post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD symptoms can develop after any event that frightens you for your safety. Most people associate PTSD with soldiers who were raped or wounded in battle—and military combat is the most common cause among people. Moreover, any event, or series of events that fills you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and leaves you emotionally shattered, can trigger PTSD—especially if the event seems unexpected and uncontrollable.
What Causes PTSD?When you go through a stressful event, your mind or nervous system responds with a fight-or-flight mode. Your blood pressure rises, your heart beats faster, and your muscles become stiff, increasing your reaction speed and strength. Once the danger passes away, your nervous system calms your mind, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and winds back to its normal state. Hence, all these changes cause PTSD. Now, let's look into Sleep EZ Shade's unique blackout window cover.
Here are few points about How Blackout Shades Will Help You Overcome PTSD?
Provide a Secure Atmosphere
Blackout shades can offer a secure atmosphere for people who live in cities or residential areas that get exposed to too much light or are located next to busy streets.
With these covers installed, you won't be bothered by the traffic noise coming from outside your bedroom at night. Additionally, they can protect the valuables inside your home from being seen by burglars who are passing by your window. It is one of the most effective ways of PTSD treatment.
Offers Noise Reduction
Blackout covers help in noise reduction from outside by blocking out any light. This is especially good for shift workers who need to sleep during the day and work at night and travelers who often face jet lag when going through time zones.
These covers are also convenient to have if you live in a city or residential area that gets exposed to too much traffic noise. With these in place, you and your loved ones can get a good night's sleep without being bothered by outside noise.
Allow time for Deep Breathing
It indeed sounds stupid, but many people do not know how to do deep breathing therapy properly. Natural breathing involves your diaphragm, a large muscle in your abdomen. When you inhale, your belly should expand. Your stomach should drop as you exhale. Fortunately, it's possible to re-learn how to do deep breathing so that you can protect yourself from stress. For that, you need to cover your windows from all the distractions using blackout covers and practice.
Helps Creating MindfulnessMindfulness is about being aware and in touch with the present moment. Hence, using mindfulness for stress can be very helpful. Though it is around for centuries, people have only paid attention to it recently. Additionally, mental health professionals realize that it has many benefits for people dealing with anxiety and depression.
Allows You to Sleep Peacefully
Sleep deprivation can trigger anger, irritability and moodiness. To reduce PTSD, it is necessary to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours each night. Develop a relaxing bedtime ritual (listen to calming music, watch a fun show, or read something light) and make your bedroom as quiet, dark, and soothing as possible. Blackout window coverings help ensure a peaceful sleep at night. This is especially useful when you share your bedroom with others or have a sleep partner sensitive to light.
Create Social Distraction
When you're experiencing anxiety, it's essential to have ways to deal with those feelings. For example, getting social support can be a great way to improve your mood. However, the anxiety associated with PTSD symptoms can sometimes occur unexpectedly, and social support may not be readily available. Moreover, if you use distraction techniques purposely, it can be beneficial in dealing with solid feelings of anxiety, stress and fear.
Self-monitoring can be a helpful way to gain control of your mind and for PTSD treatment. Humans are creatures of habit, and we often go about our day unaware of what is happening around us. This can be useful in some situations, but sometimes, a lack of awareness can make us feel like our thoughts and feelings are entirely unpredictable and unbearable. We can't really address the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety without knowing what situations bring up these feelings. Self-monitoring is an easy way to increase this awareness. That being said, blackout shades will help you concentrate more on yourself by blocking all the negative auras from your house.
Help in Muscle RelaxationUsing muscle relaxation exercises can be an effective way to reduce PTSD. Progressive muscle relaxation focuses on alternating between tensioning and relaxing different muscle groups throughout the body. This relaxation method is similar to that of a pendulum. Complete relaxation of your muscles can be achieved by first going to the other extreme, i.e., straining your muscles.
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