Meniere's people experience a lot of fear because we've had our sense of security threatened by not knowing when attacks are going to happen, and a lot of times not knowing exactly why they happen.
You're not crazy.
Safety and security and predictability are important human needs. We need a sense of security to be able to move forward in the world. This gets tricky when you can't trust that you'll be able to stand up at any given moment.
Part of the work we do when we manage Meniere's is to recreate the sense of security stolen from us. One of the best ways to do that, when we don't get much help from Meniere's, is to make us a structure in our routines - things that we always do, no matter how crazy everything gets.
The thing about routines is that they are a structure within an unpredictable world. They are always there for you, and they are comforting.
I used to get terrible anxiety at a job I was working when I was first diagnosed. It was so bad that I couldn't get gas or anything else on the way to work because I only had enough mental bandwidth to park the car and walk to the office and get through the day. And it was only a 5 minute drive LOL.
We do so much internal hard thinking about our future, about the next episode, about what people are thinking about us, it can inhibit what we're able to accomplish in a day.
What helped me back then was a structured morning and work routine that would take me through the day.
It included what I was having for breakfast and making sure the groceries were in the house by Sunday night, which way I would drive, what I would say to neighbors if I passed them, what I would say to coworkers when I got to work, and how I would navigate the office.
Everything was planned, so I could just step through it, almost automatically, so I could focus on healing my emotions.
You're reading this right now because of how well my created routines and emotional healing worked. You don't see me hiding in the corner, shivering and scared, like I did at the beginning.
If I can do it, I know you can.
Further proof of my graduation from anxiety: this Saturday, December 8, at 10 am CST I'm having a free training about how to lower anxiety while managing the outside responsibilities.
Fear can be strong, but our will is stronger.
After the training I will answer any questions about the 90 Days to Resiliency program. You will not be guilted or pressured to buy anything. You can come just for the training and just get information about my 12-week program, or you can join, or you can leave after the training. It's totally up to you.
Here's the link to register if you feel like coming on Saturday:
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