Well, I always expect one, yet, they are always unexpected! does that make sense?
It does really depends on how bad it knocks me out … with some of them everything goes black and are much more difficult to get over …
These are some tips:
- I plan my routes where there are frequent benches and green areas. I never know when I may need to stop,
- I allow extra time for all my journeys,
- I make sure to have emergency vape (Medicinal cannabis, or whatever your emergency rations are) on me to help deal with sudden anxiety,
- Try to stick walk near a wall or handrail in case need to grab on to something,
- Have water/liquids, and possibly a sugary/savoury snack to help with energy levels if needed,
- Wear a headset and have prepared a few soothing playlist to help on different occasions,
- Always have an exit strategy, or just be prepared to abandon any activity and go home,
- Practice recovery, learning to recover from an episode can still allow me to have a decent day.
- Micro-meditations … so to speak … rarely work but it’s an extra tool in the arsenal.
I think that covers the basics. Obviously one can add things like having their therapist on speed dial and amazon delivering extra munchies at set stages … or anything you like! But this should provide the essential coping tools. 💜