I love peace and quiet. Noises tend to startle me and I often slip away, when surrounded by harsh sounds. Dissociating is something that I have to work hard against, sometimes more so than others. At times, I fall away before I realize it, and am no longer present in the moment. I've been doing better over the past few years, in some ways cuz I have isolated in many ways. There are those few times when I surround myself with sounds, by choice. But most of the time, chaos adds to my anxiety. Usually, I know now when I am having an exceptionally rough time, and am more vulnerable to triggers that are best avoided. It is at those times being home, in the relative solitude is a solace to me. I'm learning to know myself and listen to myself more and more, trusting and respecting me. It is so very wonderful that I have a loving supportive guy who encourages me, praises me, and comforts me. Thank you, sweetie, for being you!