Although misophonia cannot be actually cured, there are ways the condition can be effectively managed, so making some lifestyle changes is generally a productive path to take.
Different things seem to work better for different people, but the following are some of the most common lifestyle changes worth trying. [It helps to keep a record of what you are doing to avoid, combat or cope with triggers and symptoms, as this may well prove to be a valuable resource to monitor what is effective in your case.]
Reduce Stress Where Possible
This may mean changing the type of work you do, or at least reducing the hours you spend doing it. Basically, you need to identify your personal stress points and do something to change them.
Make Dietary Changes
Try cutting back on sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Some people report following a gluten free diet improves their condition.
Pursue Relaxing Activities
Things like meditation are extremely useful for learning to harness and control feelings.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Misophonia can be more effectively managed when you are at maximum health, so make sure you are sleeping, eating and exercising, as well as penciling in time to do fun things.
Create a Sensory Lifestyle Plan
As misophonia has its roots in misfiring, or over sensitive, internal brain communications, the use of specific sensory exercises and activities can help to calm and organize the mind. Possible activities include swinging (or aerial yoga); swimming in a calm, peaceful environment; walking outside, especially near a beach or the countryside, lighting/watching a bonfire and kayaking. Simply choose those you like the sound of and give them a try.
Design a Coping Template
This basically means troubleshooting to develop a plan you can then simply put into place with minimum fuss. For example, if you use public transport, knowing which seats are easiest for you to cope with helps, and the same is true for restaurants and cinemas.
Open Up to People
While there’s no need to share details of this condition with random strangers, it is important to build a network of family and friends who you can explain it to, and garner support from. It can be hard for some people to speak up about personal situations, but in most cases you will find the response is supportive and productive.
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