How can I make the dreams and voices go away?
For the past four weeks, I've been having nightmares and hearing voices telling me of horrible things. They're not random voices, but rather, the voices of those I care about.
Hearing voices can be a very upsetting experience to have. I want you to know that a lot of people will hear a voice at some point in their lives and that there are many things that cause voices. Oftentimes, significant stress can offset us to have symptoms like this. There also mental and physical health conditions that can do the same. I strongly encourage you to seek out help from both a doctor and a counselor to help you piece together exactly what is causing your voices. I Once you've got that down, you'll know what to work on. In the meantime, here are some strategies to cope with voices
1. Lower your stress levels: Oftentimes stress makes voices worse. What can you do to lower your stress?
2. Get enough Sleep: Like stress, sleep deprivation is an awful trigger for hearing voices
3. Listen to Music; Music can help you focus on another sound
4. Wear headphone or Earplugs
5. Use Your Own Voice; If the voices are saying harsh things to you, it can be tempting to talk back and that's okay if you do. However, you cn also use your own voice through singing, whistling, or the like, which can help drown out the voices
6. Remind Yourself that What the Voices Say is Not True; Sometimes it Helps to Write it Out
7. Draw the Voice or Give it a Name; This can make it less scary and help get it outside of you
8. Keep Track of When You Hear Voices to Identify Triggers; These are situations you can avoid while these are so distressful for you
9. Be Kind to Yourself; When a Voice is Being Cruel to You it is especially important to be kind to yourself
10. Remember that while hearing voices can be disturbing that it is a common experience and something that many people recover from.
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