Safety is such a big issue. Do I ever feel really safe? Not really. How do I live with fear and not be paralyzed by it? I strive for a balance between a rational response to safety and hyper vigilance. I remind myself that I have a reason to feel vulnerable and then take practical steps to feel as secure as I can. These are limitations I live with.
I was feeling so anxious about paying my rent. I talked to my family doctor because I wanted him to help me manage the anxiety with medication. Instead, he helped me come up with a plan to save my housing. It was a great thing he did for me instead of just giving me drugs. I wonder if people realize how important it is to have someone see you and just respond to your distress with their time and attention. It means a lot.
I was homeless off and on for many years. It is a hard way to live. Reach out for help from agencies and friends – don’t remain silent and isolated. You don’t have to be alone.