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I Tackled One of My Triggers: Chewing Sounds

So, as you know if you read my other blog, I am triggered very harshly by the sounds of chewing (even if it's quiet)! My fiancé and I turn on the television when we eat together to drown out the chewing noises so I don't become manic. 

Today, the TV paused because the signal was lost. She stopped eating. I feel really bad every time she has to stop eating due to my bipolar disorder so I took a journey into my coping methods and told her "just keep eating please and let me try this". She did and I opened my help for anxiety app – SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management, photo below). 

I told her to just keep eating. I read the passage to myself twice like it instructed. Then I opened the first exercise, the breathing step. I didn't let my anxiety turn into mania! I tensed my muscles as I breathed in and relaxed as I breathed out. 

I opened the next one which is the peaceful drawing one. This helps me because I feel like I am in control of unveiling a beautiful scene. It gives me strength. I did this until the TV turned back on and didn't ask her to stop once! I waited until I felt comfortable to tackle it and I did! 

Now, Alissa knows I live with this disorder and it is chronic which means it will never fully go away. She knows I may fail in the future and I do as well. That's what makes it even better! We both know it's very difficult but I did it! 

I encourage all of you who have bipolar disorder to try breathing that way when you start to feel manic. Lashing out might seem like it feels good but it only creates a mess to clean up afterwards and it is a waste of time! By tensing your muscles when you breathe in, you stretch and release energy throughout your body which relieves the feelings of mania. Then, when you breathe out and completely relax, it feels soothing. Please, try it! Thanks everyone for reading and wish me luck on tackling my triggers!

Read the rest of Arianna’s posts for IBPF here or visit her personal blog here.

Comments

Thank you for sharing your experience. I was thinking I was going crazy when chewing noises would be around me. Know I realize it just may be beyond my control. You will never know how much this helps. Thanks again.

You're welcome! I am so glad I was able to help by sharing my experience.

I can't STAND the sound of someone eating apples!!!!!!!!!!! Chewing is bad but apple eating sounds the worst.

I can't go to movie theaters and listen to the popcorn eaters. They have a never ending bucket of popcorn that drives me insane. I find myself wishing they would choke and I'd be the only one who knows the Heimlich maneuver but wouldn't help. Micro popping gum, popping gum, scraping your fork against your teeth, smacking when eating, eating ice, etc. I can hear the noise running around in my head for hours after its gone. I then start to think I have to die to make it stop. Breathing exercises don't work.

My last girlfriend had a thing for slurping coffee or drinking noises drove her insane
At the time I didn't know she had a problem but the more I read here the more I understand

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