Acrylic on canvas
© 2014 Jason Scalfano
9 March, 1980
Happy Birthday, Matthew Gray Gubler!
If I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty again
I guess I’ve come to realize I’m more married to this team than I ever was to three ex-wives.
If you’re feeling out of touch with your surroundings or like you’re about to have a flashback, here are some suggestions on how to keep yourself grounded. You can disrupt the feeling that you’re not really here or that you’ve returned to a time and place you don’t want to be by exposing yourself to a strong sensory stimulus of some kind.
In approximate order of effectiveness:
- Sound Listen to loud music, go outside and yell into the sky, or step on dry leaves.
- Sight I haven’t found much that’s visually distracting enough to work. Maybe try drawing something.
- Smell Apply perfume or lotion, light a scented candle, spray air freshener, or hold something fragrant (rosemary, basil, rubbing alcohol, vanilla or peppermint extract, potpourri) under your nose.
- Touch Squeeze an ice cube (this one’s also a good substitute for self-harm), throw something that will break (safely, of course — I recommend eggs over glass bottles or plates), do some light exercise like walking, or bury yourself in pillows and blankets.
- Taste Eat something spicy or sour. Small candies or cough drops are especially good for this, because you can carry them around with you wherever you go. Lemon drops and Hot Tamales have both worked really well for me.
I hope this post can help someone out! If you have other advice for dealing with PTSD symptoms, please reblog and add ‘em.
*like, minor dissociation. If you’re having serious memory problems or trouble figuring out what’s reality or something, call your therapist or 911.
Happy 34th Birthday Matthew Gray Gubler! (March 9th, 1980)
How the fuck are they burning incense
This was episode 4:20