Does anyone else like being wrapped up tight in a blanket?

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I learnt to do this when I was younger. It calms me down. I roll myself up tightly in a blanket or sheet and stay like that for however long it takes. Sometimes if I've been really anxious for days and couldn't settle at all, doing this makes me almost fall asleep as it's so relaxing. The calming effect can last anywhere from an hour to all day depending on how I'm feeling. Often, it even stops me wanting to self harm.

There has been times when being restrained by another person has had this effect, like when I was in a secure unit and then a psychiatric unit. But that wasn't so reliable as sometimes people were rough or I didn't like them or they didn't do it right. But when it was someone kind and patient, it did make me calm down.

I've been diagnosed with BPD, depression, anxiety, OCD and brief psychosis, but I think only the anxiety and OCD are true. The only people I've heard of who did this are those with autism and I don't have that. Am I strange to find this relaxing? Does anyone else or am I the only one?
 
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I learnt to do this when I was younger. It calms me down. I roll myself up tightly in a blanket or sheet and stay like that for however long it takes. Sometimes if I've been really anxious for days and couldn't settle at all, doing this makes me almost fall asleep as it's so relaxing. The calming effect can last anywhere from an hour to all day depending on how I'm feeling. Often, it even stops me wanting to self harm.

There has been times when being restrained by another person has had this effect, like when I was in a secure unit and then a psychiatric unit. But that wasn't so reliable as sometimes people were rough or I didn't like them or they didn't do it right. But when it was someone kind and patient, it did make me calm down.

I've been diagnosed with BPD, depression, anxiety, OCD and brief psychosis, but I think only the anxiety and OCD are true. The only people I've heard of who did this are those with autism and I don't have that. Am I strange to find this relaxing? Does anyone else or am I the only one?
I've never done it but I have often thought to myself I'd love to be held really tightly now or wrapped tight.
I don't have autism either. Just sort of thought it would feel good.
 
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This is a very natural response.

Even cows get squished together on their sides to help them to feel calm when they are given vaccinations etc.

It makes you feel like you are bing hugged and you are secure and safe.

If you feel it helps you then you can get it written in to your care plan just in case you have to go to hospital again. So they will know that if you start to get scared or however it is you feel, they can intervene by hugging you.
 
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I also like having heavy things on top of me, like lying under a mattress. Even at night, I prefer heavy blankets and duvets.

Strangely, I can't bear any sort of other touching eg, I couldn't cope with someone rubbing my shoulder or giving me a light hug.

I don't have a care plan now. My psychiatrist discharged me back to my GP after telling me that it's unlikely I'll change much and I should just keep taking me meds. My GP has referred me back each time I got worse and they just keep increasing my meds. The last time, the psychiatrist said they'll have to refer me to secondary mental health services if it happens again, but I have no idea what that means.

I've only mentioned this 'wrapping up tight' thing to one other person, and they told me it was disturbing so thanks for not calling me weird.
 
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I also like having heavy things on top of me, like lying under a mattress. Even at night, I prefer heavy blankets and duvets.

Strangely, I can't bear any sort of other touching eg, I couldn't cope with someone rubbing my shoulder or giving me a light hug.

I don't have a care plan now. My psychiatrist discharged me back to my GP after telling me that it's unlikely I'll change much and I should just keep taking me meds. My GP has referred me back each time I got worse and they just keep increasing my meds. The last time, the psychiatrist said they'll have to refer me to secondary mental health services if it happens again, but I have no idea what that means.

I've only mentioned this 'wrapping up tight' thing to one other person, and they told me it was disturbing so thanks for not calling me weird.
I like soft touches too. Love my hair being played with etc. Hate being tickled though.
But yes, I like heavy things on top of me...I've always wrapped myself in duvet and blankets etc.
 
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No but it makes sense.

Sucking is also calming, Ive just watched a vid where a therapist said that's why a cup of tea is calming, even a glass of water, because we are using the muscles to swallow that turn on the Calming part of our brain.

Sucking lollies also.

And it explains why some people overeat, they get addicted to the chewing and swallowing more than the food, as such.

anyone who's had a baby knows that swaddling almost instantly calms them. I remember being quite startled when I had my first baby and the midwife promptly wrapped her up like a wee parcel, but its the way they are calmest, it resembles the womb.
 
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I also like having heavy things on top of me, like lying under a mattress. Even at night, I prefer heavy blankets and duvets.

Strangely, I can't bear any sort of other touching eg, I couldn't cope with someone rubbing my shoulder or giving me a light hug.

I don't have a care plan now. My psychiatrist discharged me back to my GP after telling me that it's unlikely I'll change much and I should just keep taking me meds. My GP has referred me back each time I got worse and they just keep increasing my meds. The last time, the psychiatrist said they'll have to refer me to secondary mental health services if it happens again, but I have no idea what that means.

I've only mentioned this 'wrapping up tight' thing to one other person, and they told me it was disturbing so thanks for not calling me weird.
They probably go home and wear their mothers undies or something. :D
 
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Hi,
I like going under my duvet where I usually cry myself to sleep. It is calming being wrapped up, your not weird at all.
Take care
 
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No but it makes sense.

Sucking is also calming, Ive just watched a vid where a therapist said that's why a cup of tea is calming, even a glass of water, because we are using the muscles to swallow that turn on the Calming part of our brain.

Sucking lollies also.

And it explains why some people overeat, they get addicted to the chewing and swallowing more than the food, as such.

anyone who's had a baby knows that swaddling almost instantly calms them. I remember being quite startled when I had my first baby and the midwife promptly wrapped her up like a wee parcel, but its the way they are calmest, it resembles the womb.
I think the sucking thing is why I smoke.

The swaddling makes sense. I can see how a baby would feel secure like that. Maybe I never grew out of that need.
 
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I think the sucking thing is why I smoke.

The swaddling makes sense. I can see how a baby would feel secure like that. Maybe I never grew out of that need.
You reremembered it, we were all swaddled.

Don't worry about it. If it gives you comfort and doesn't hurt any one else, then its a tool you can use.

I had a friend who at 51 still sucked her thumb.
 
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Hi,
I like going under my duvet where I usually cry myself to sleep. It is calming being wrapped up, your not weird at all.
Take care
Me too. My bed is my safe place. I also have a couple of soft toys I cuddle when I'm under there if I'm upset :redface:
 
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Yes, I like keeping my blanket around me. I'm thinking about doing it more because it helps me feel safe and feel like I can hide from the world.
 
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...and then menopause hits and youre stark naked blankets are your ENEMY...

:clap::dance::yuck::BLAH::redface::redface::redface::redface::redface:
 
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I welcome it... no more bleeding and I sweat like a mother fucker at night especially when on period
ha i used to say that too.

What they don't tell you: menopause can be PAINFUL

all those aches and pains that had me up all freaking night choking down codeine - menopause.

I'm not even kidding. I went to a brilliant little doctor who listened to me bitching about being up all night boiling jugs for hotwater bottles at the same time i was sweating like yon pig

Menopause, she said,

no, arthritis i said,

she said, the floating joint pain at night only, is menopause

and she was RIGHT.

she put me on amitriptyline and it has been nothing short of miraculous.

One tiny blue pill instead of packets and packets of pain relief. Honestly emptying my bin was like emptying a chemists bin.

now - apart from a couple of paracetamol this morning and my Trial Endone - no pain killers at all.

NEVER underestimate how awful menopause is. it is truly disgusting, painful, debilitating, life ruining.

:( it really isn't fair.

My GP told me menopause is a valid defense in France, all i need to do is take my ex to France and Id get away with murdering him there :D
 
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ha i used to say that too.

What they don't tell you: menopause can be PAINFUL

all those aches and pains that had me up all freaking night choking down codeine - menopause.

I'm not even kidding. I went to a brilliant little doctor who listened to me bitching about being up all night boiling jugs for hotwater bottles at the same time i was sweating like yon pig

Menopause, she said,

no, arthritis i said,

she said, the floating joint pain at night only, is menopause

and she was RIGHT.

she put me on amitriptyline and it has been nothing short of miraculous.

One tiny blue pill instead of packets and packets of pain relief. Honestly emptying my bin was like emptying a chemists bin.

now - apart from a couple of paracetamol this morning and my Trial Endone - no pain killers at all.

NEVER underestimate how awful menopause is. it is truly disgusting, painful, debilitating, life ruining.

:( it really isn't fair.

My GP told me menopause is a valid defense in France, all i need to do is take my ex to France and Id get away with murdering him there :D
I've had terrible joints since my early teens, I wake up and even then they ache but periods bring pain too but less since the pill thank God and I'm so paranoid about going out when bleeding cause I can bleed so much and I don't wanna leak,I can fill a super plus tampon in an hour at times lol and each time I get a new script for the pill it's a new one so have to go threw screwed up periods again but it's worth it to not get pregnant lol I'd rather have a hysterectomy but they don't dish em out Willy nilly
 
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I've had terrible joints since my early teens, I wake up and even then they ache but periods bring pain too but less since the pill thank God and I'm so paranoid about going out when bleeding cause I can bleed so much and I don't wanna leak,I can fill a super plus tampon in an hour at times lol and each time I get a new script for the pill it's a new one so have to go threw screwed up periods again but it's worth it to not get pregnant lol I'd rather have a hysterectomy but they don't dish em out Willy nilly
i actually asked the doctor for a hysterectomy, everyone i knew had had one and loved them :)

i got a mirena instead :(

which ironically stopped them testing me for menopause because it would have thrown the test results out. But I'm not willing to part with it yet, it represents a time in my life I'm not ready to let go really

plus i don't want to get pregnant, at the minute it would be a Miracle but knowing my luck, thatd be right, id have a menopause baby

NO WAY

So the mirena stays in, the ami swallowed, and all is good with my world. for another 3 years because they don't last forever and then itll be ready to come out and ill be nearly 55.

surely too old to get pregnant....

although this is ME we're talking about :(
 

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