What is your biggest need right now?
Im getting pretty comfortable with this quarentine stuff lol
Leafeon is here to remind you to LOOK OUTSIDE during quarantine, whether on a walk, through a window, or otherwise!
selfcare during quarantine.
I’m in quarantine for three weeks and two days now, two weeks of which were voluntary. I’ve been in forced quarantine since last weeks Friday.
I struggle with depression and panic attacks for as long as I can remember. I generally have them under pretty good control, but I also don’t normally spend weeks with myself.
I am certainly not the only one who is now in quarantine or self-isolation and struggling with panic attacks, so I thought I would explain how to recognize them and what to do so that they do not take over the whole day:
I’m starting to dissociate - My eyes get out of focus - I get fears that have nothing to do with reality, such as the fear of an allergic reaction or an irregular heartbeat.
That’s when I realize I’m about to have a panic attack and I try to get into a routine process:
1. if I’m still able move, I throw cold water in my face. Cold air or light pinching into the skin also helps me. External stimuli help bring you back to the here and now.
2. If that no longer works, or if I can’t find any strength for it, I look for direct help. Right now these are my roommates. They just talk to me, or tell me, why my fears are irrational.
3. Simple things like playing Candy Crush also helps me sometimes.
If none of this works anymore, there are still two ways for me, either, like a budgie to turn off all the lights and simply sleep, because I know it will be gone in the morning or I surrender to the panic attack. It literally feels like the end of the world. There is nothing more terrible to me than a panic attack. But the fear of the fear only drives me more into it, so I try to greet the panic attack and not give it more space than it already has.
When the panic attacks happens: Try to breathe calmly and regularly. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Generally, twice as long out then in, this helps to prevent you from hyperventilating. Try to get help if you need. <3
Afterwards the chance is high that you get really cold and you are going to be tired very soon. Thats normal. Nothing to be afraid of. Everything is going to be alright. You are going to be alright.
It’s going to be a tough time, especially for us people who struggle with mental health issues. Right now it’s important that we protect as many people as possible, and if that means I’m alone with old fears, I’ll take care of myself as best I can, but the priority is somewhere else at the moment.
And if everything gets too much, repeat in your head: No one has ever died from a panic attack. Nobody has ever died of a panic attack. It passes. It passes. It passes.
Stay at home. <3
Take care of yourself <3
We will get through this.
I woke up today and decided to journal and meditate first thing, I focused my mediation on removing and negative energy from within myself and replacing it with compassion.
sento freddo, ogni volta, stasera non c`è la luna, non posso nemmeno specchiarmi nelle sue pupille, mamma, come brillerebbero, se ci fosse, l'unica aria che potrei sentire, mentre siamo tutti incatenati, come potrebbero guardarmi, e farmi tremare, anche se non ci fosse freddo, piccolo ogni disegno, piccole narici, e poi le labbra, ahi, che si schiudono, ancora freddo, non provo niente, se non vedo quella luce, ogni volta che non c`è, non esiste tempo sincronizzato, queste gocce, che scendono, ogni volta, sincronizzate, c'è freddo qui, ci sarebbero coperte fittizie, manca sempre la luna, ogni sera, maledetta sera, che mi fai pensare, maledettemente dolce, che illumini, che mi illumini la via, mostrandomi quelle pupille, che potrei fare, con quel disegno, non dovrebbe essere mica una forma scoperta, anche se non lo fosse, qua ancora fa freddo, non so se sia il freddo a far tremare, o i miei pensieri, mi fanno questo effetto, ma la luna ancora non si mostra, vorrei vederla, ma si nasconde dietro, quasi ad abbandonarmi in un angolino, sola, al buio, per cui non mi sentirei protetta… desidero la luce delle sue pupille
Self care sunday
Drink lots of water!
Go for a walk!
Do some yoga or meditation!
self fucking care