Sometimes the smallest things can increase your sense of safety – something which is so important when you’re battling PTSD. Hypervigilance can end up taking over a PTSD sufferers life – almost to the point of OCD/paranoia, but some of these tips might go some way to helping you.
Clear Shower Curtain
For many PTSD sufferers, the ‘unknown’ can trigger flashbacks or anxiety attacks. This fear can come from so many sources, but the loud noise from a shower, coupled with being in the small enclosed space of a shower cubicle, can be a real issue for some people. A clear shower curtain can make all the difference.
Consider installing a motion sensor light near your front door. If the light isn’t on, no one is within “the perimeter”. It’s important to note that small animals and strong winds can trip these lights so try to keep the this in mind if the light does go on.
One common symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the repeated checking of locks on doors and windows and a feeling of being “insecure”. To ensure total piece of mind, check if your window locks are functioning correctly. If they’re looking a little old or are difficult to operate, a quick trip to your local DIY shop can give you an little more piece of mind.
If your hyper-vigilance makes it difficult for you to sleep, installing a burglar alarm can give you some peace of mind. Many high-tech systems these days will allow you to set the alarm from the comfort of your own bed (or for a 3am check that you definitely put it on before you went to bed). For a cheaper option, some fake alarm decals or alarm box on your house can be a good preventative measure and give you a little additional comfort.
Keep your garden neat and tidy
Eliminate any potential places for burglars and intruders to lurk. Be sure to keep large bushes and shrubs away from windows.
Keeping windows closed
If you feel that every noise outside is keeping you awake at night, perhaps consider keeping your windows closed, but purchasing a fan to keep you cool – you can now get almost silent fans to ensure noise blocking doesn’t then trigger your hypervigilance.