Life Hack

May. 30th, 2017 08:23 pm
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Problem: hypervigilance has ramped WAY up this past year. When my phone makes noise or the doorbell rings, I go through the roof and it takes way too long to scrape me off the ceiling. (Or to use perhaps a more apt metaphor, coax me back out from underneath the metaphorical sofa where I'm hiding with the cats.)

Life Hack: I changed all the alerts on my phone to bird noises. I picked non-native bird species, because lbr the corvids in my yard alone can be Quite Loud. But if my alert noise is a loon, my brain does not immediately go DUCK AND COVER.

Hopefully at some point I can live in a place where I have control over the doorbell, and we can either "accidentally" break it or replace the noise with something that does not also set off my startle response.

I offer this most excellent life hack to you, dear friends, because I know I can't be the only Autistic person with PTSD who would like to spend less time feeling like a cat with a floofed out tail.

Also, if my brain eventually decides that the phone noises I picked equal danger, there's actually a WHOLE HOST of nature sounds I can use instead of ring tones. BRILLIANT.

Date: 2017-05-31 02:35 am (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Yay for awesome life hacks! I just never have the sound on my phone. It only vibrates, which means I do miss alerts sometimes, but better that than the annoyance of being startled and distracted. <3

Date: 2017-05-31 03:11 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
I changed my morning alarm to this song which starts with birds, crickets, and humming, and it was the best decision ever.

Date: 2017-05-31 03:56 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
if my alert noise is a loon, my brain does not immediately go DUCK AND COVER

Good, good, your brain knows that "loon and relax" is a totally different thing!

Date: 2017-05-31 06:22 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Heh. I know just the feel you mention.

I deliberately don't set pleasant non-bell sounds for ring tones, because I start associating the pleasant sounds with startlement and danger! A low pitched chime or bell is my compromise. But I should work on the Phone Thing again soon, sigh. It takes a lot of work to keep that one pruned back to the point where I can function readily with a phone when I actually ought to.

Date: 2017-05-31 02:22 pm (UTC)
lilysea: Oracle 3 (Oracle: thoughful)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
That's really smart, thank you! ^_^

Date: 2017-05-31 07:08 pm (UTC)
nilchance: Picture of a pomegranate with spilled seeds, text "I think you're confused, I'm not Persephone" (Default)
From: [personal profile] nilchance
Those are some good, good life hacks. I've been having a rough bout of hypervigilance myself, and so I find them really helpful. Thanks!

Date: 2017-06-01 02:24 am (UTC)
dragonyphoenix: (Frida and God)
From: [personal profile] dragonyphoenix
That's an excellent idea!

Date: 2017-06-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
From: [personal profile] alasse_irena
I am not an autistic person with PTSD, but I am a person who panics every time their phone goes off, and I appreciate this lifehack very much.


lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)

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