I've applied for a PTSD Service Dog for the third time (having been declined and delayed previously). I'm talking to the service dog organisation on Skype.
Hopefully this time I get it!
I really want Momo to be able to help with my PTSD triggers, as dogs have been found to be very beneficial to people with PTSD. - Link to Video
In this video I'm going to do a walkthrough (or cycle-through) of how to get exposure to reduce your anxiety - using my fear of going to the movies solo as a real-life example!
1. Set an epic goal and a stairway of exposure to reach it.
2. Make a plan of attack
What, when, where, how will you do the exposure?
3. What is your monster?
Identify exactly what you're afraid of.
4. What is your monster repellent?
Figure out your safety behaviours. Then Drop or reduce them to make the exposure much more effective.
5. Lock it in. Beck yourself into a corner to make it more likely you'll follow-through with doing the exposure. Because, let's face it, anxiety exposure is scary, and our brain is going to tell us to avoid it.
6. Challenge the existence of your monster.
When you're getting close to doing your exposure, that anxiety is going to ramp-up! Challenging how likely your fear is to happen, can help bring the anxiety down enough to keep moving through the exposure.
7. Just do it!
Get that exposure exercise done and stick with it long enough for your brain to realise it's safe.
8. Rate your fear
Now that you've made your way through the exposure and your brain has been able to re-evaluate the danger-level of the situation, you can re-rate your anxiety, and you may find that it's dropped a fair bit.
Repeat until you feel bored by this exercise, then move onto the next step on your stairway to your epic goal! - Link to video
I really struggled to come up with something to Vlog about. I was feeling depressed and struggling to think positively. Every idea I came up with, my brain just pulled apart.
So I gave up and decided to just film a usual ride to the supermarket with Momo, and was surprised to find just how helpful it was.
I hope this video can help others who are struggling to stay positive. - Link to video
Thinking you're lazy and worthless? Struggling with beating yourself up over not doing enough?
We cover the cycle this creates - of feeling down and procrastinating chores or tasks. Which makes it even harder to get those done!
Instead, LET GO of SHOULDS and MAKE A DECISION to do a task, GET STARTED and BREAK THE TASK DOWN. These things cam help us get productive and feel much better. - Link to video