#A to Z challenge:B =breath and breathing

breathing is very important when you are trying to ground yourself after a nightmare, or flashback.
For those of us with did, we have to learn how to breathe again..  Much of the time while we were growing up being abused, breathing was a scary thing.
For us, Our therapist eileen is helping us to learn how to breathe.  She does breathing exercises with us.  We do body awareness work while we are breathing, and are  mindful of our breath. It helps a lot to do this.
After a particularly hard nightmare, or flashback, sometimes we cant breathe at all.  In those instances we have a straw and we blow gently through the straw to start with.  It helps to do this too, it enables us to breath slowly again.
As breathing is a core symptom of anxiety, most people with dissociative identity disorder will struggle sometimes with their breathing.  Not all of us are the same though, and what is hard for one person might not be for someone else.
If you have any questions about did and breathing let me know in the comments down below.
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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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