Any Good Advice on Staying Calm?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tom71, May 21, 2018.

    1. Tom71

      Tom71 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly allergies
      Worst part of my weeklong tinnitus has been the anxiety and insomnia.

      I know I need to stay calm and be accepting but at times that is difficult.
       
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    2. Ping43

      Ping43 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Lexapro
      Hello Tom71!

      I’ve had tinnitus for 7 weeks now and I know how difficult this is! Things I do to help stay calm is watching my favorite TV show/movie with a cup of either hot chocolate or hot tea, cuddle with my favorite blanket with my dogs. If my anxiety gets really bad I take a low dose of benedryl. Benedryl has some anti-anxiety qualities and it find that it decreases my anxiety and has no effect on my tinnitus. It may take some time to find what works for you but doing something you enjoy will help! Hang in there!! You got this!
       
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    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      HI @Tom71
      Please read the post below and click on the links which you might find helpful.
      Michael

      Acquiring a positive mindset

      A few people have contacted me and asked what do they need to do to be more positive, as they are finding it difficult even though they try not to think negatively when their tinnitus is intrusive. Others are wondering will they improve to the point where the tinnitus will remain low or go away completely and never be heard? Some are worried they might never habituate and this is causing some concern.

      The habituation process can be complex and each person’s journey through it will be unique to them. Most people do habituate and are able to carry on and lead a fulfilling life doing everything that they want to. However, it seems some people find this hard to believe and I understand this having habituated to tinnitus twice. On both occasions it required patience, determination and the belief that I would improve even at those times when I felt that I was at my lowest ebb.

      Tinnitus can affect our emotions significantly and one must try to remember that. Anything that we can do to bring calm and relaxation into our life will usually have a beneficial effect and make it less intrusive. The opposite is true the more stressed we become as the noise will appear to be louder and more noticeable. Those new to tinnitus sometimes find this particularly difficult and if hyperacusis is present it can add to the dilemma. The whole process can became overwhelming at times but my advice, is to take things slowly and not to push too hard as this will put additional pressure on yourself that you really don’t need it. Whenever difficult times arrive, try accentuating the positive things in your life and focusing on them as this will help maintain your resolve.

      For a moment think of the brain as a computer and our thoughts are the software that helps to drive it to enable it to do certain tasks. If the software is not running smoothly and unfettered the computer will not operate correctly. Similarly, if our thoughts are constantly taken up with negative thinking this can eventually have a detrimental effect on our well-being. I am not suggesting never to feel negative about your tinnitus I am saying, try not to allow negativity to become all consuming. Again, this isn’t easy especially in the early stages of tinnitus and takes time to learn but don’t believe that it is unobtainable as this will instill negative thinking.

      How many times have you come up against a problem that you have been unable to find a solution to? Given the chance to mull things over for a while or after a good night sleep can often be beneficial. By the next day as if by a miracle, you have discovered an answer or made the right decision about something of importance. I believe this happens because the mind is calm and less stressed. I have heard writers and people that work in the arts, say their best ideas and inspirations comes to them when they feel this way. It’s as if the mind energy is able to expand and reach outwards tapping into some unknown source in the universe. I prefer to be more realistic and see it as when we are calm and relaxed, we are able to think more clearly and positively. Life will usually become easier and less problematic which has to be a good thing.

      Whatever type of tinnitus you have, by this I mean the level of intrusiveness. Being able to think positively will have a beneficial effect by making its perception lower and the habituation process easier. Bringing positivity into your life takes time and isn’t achieved overnight. To start this process of acquiring a more positive mindset, I suggest practicing deep relaxation and muscle exercises. When done regularly the benefits will soon be realized and you will surprise yourself at what you will be able to achieve. This form of therapy is often mentioned in tinnitus books to help people with the condition. Likewise Yoga and CBT Mindfulness classes can be helpful.

      Deep relaxation and muscles exercises cost nothing to learn providing you can spare up to thirty minutes of your time: three, four or five days per week. Just go to Youtube where there are many relaxation videos to choose and download and some come with narration, so you’ll be guided through the exercises from beginning to end. Once you become proficient at it you will be able to relax at will any time of the day.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/positivity-and-tinnitus.12060/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/staying-positive-with-tinnitus.12069/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/is-positivity-important.23150/
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-and-the-negative-mindset.23705/
       
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    4. sirhand
      Anime

      sirhand Member

      Location:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session
      Distraction. Whatever you can do to get your mind off of it. Something that requires your full attention. For the first few weeks it can be difficult but any time not thinking about it is progress.
       
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      Tom71

      Tom71 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly allergies
      Thanks everyone this is helpful

      Hoping to start by getting a decent night's sleep, see a counselor, and go from there
       
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      Tom71

      Tom71 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly allergies
      Funny thing, I can imagine what it's like to be calm and accepting

      But actually doing it is harder
      I'm trying but not always consistent
       
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    7. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England,
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      @Tom71,
      Try a relaxing drink like a herbal tea,I find it helps me sleep better also.
      Love glynis
       
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    8. John_415

      John_415 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      20-12-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Some good advice given here on relaxing.
      I just got the RAD Roller Original, a backmassage tool. Its fairly cheap and you can massage your own back with it. It does feel quite good, so this helps me a bit to relax.

      As mentioned before, you could do MBSR Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction (like you could do a 8 week course on it with daily exercises).

      I would also recommend Reishi powder, which is a herb prescribed in China and Japan to treat insomnia (https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/reishi/#7ReishiHelps_You_Sleep). The longer you take this herb the better it works. I did tons of this herb during onset, but my disstress at having T was greater then the calming effect this herb has. So it works some, but its no miracle cure btw.

      I hope you find something that works for you!
       
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    9. Mystery Reader

      Mystery Reader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still Under Investigation
      @Tom71
      There's a link to a guide called "Avoid Panic" right on the page where all the forums are listed, as well. Worth looking at.

      Mystery Reader
       
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