Lately, having people touch me has terrified me. At work is especially hard. People grab my arm or touch my shoulder, making me cringe and long to run.
PTSD is rearing its ugly head again. Should people grab a stranger? No. Am I being overly sensitive? A bit. Is it normal to react this way because of my anxiety? Certainly.
With the holidays here at Disney, I need to think of some ways to deal with strangers touching me. Here are a few ideas that I have come up with so far:
- Take deep breathes. Step back and put yourself into another place.
- Say something. Be honest about feeling uncomfortable with the physical contact.
- Put a barrier between you and the other person. Give yourself security by doing this.
- Ask for help. Get someone else to be with you so that you feel more secure.
Those are a few ideas. What are some of your thoughts on what to do?