If you have a pup or are familiar with infomercials then chances are you know what a thunder jacket (a.k.a. thundershirt) is. Let me enlighten you if you are confused:
At first I mocked the poor dogs in the commercial for looking so silly. I also thought it sounded like a major rip-off – seriously? A jacket was going to calm a dog who is afraid of loud noises and thunder? Pppssshhh…
Apparently, they work really well and it has gone mainstream. In fact, I suggested this to a friend today who also has a squirmy dog who freaks out during storms. Then when I was recently perusing pinterest, I saw a weighted vest used for kids who have ADHD and it’s supposed to help them concentrate.
In my mind, these are similar concepts although I don’t have any
real occupational therapy experience. And now that I have sufficiently buried the lead, I realized today I have my OWN thunder jacket! I was wearing this zip-up hoodie that is a bit snug and I noticed how much calmer I felt. Mondays are prime anxiety days for me and I wasn’t feeling super angsty. It didn’t dawn on me until I was looking at myself in the mirror and I exclaimed, “I’m wearing a thunder jacket!”
Please feel free to mock me! As I’ve detailed in past posts, I’m looking for as many natural ways to cope/work with my ADD as possible. Looking back, this tighter outer layer isn’t anything new and I like the feeling of security it offers and the calming effect it offers. It’s kind of like my “woobie”. The more I thought about it the more I recognized this might be connected to my love of layered clothing – no matter the season. Of course, my big sis also wears layers and since I want to do everything she does this could be influencing it as well!
Anyway, not too much of a point here but maybe it will help someone else out there. Besides, I think it’s funny!
Finally, this %#&* sickness continues to linger. I haven’t slept well in over a week and a half, no running and now I don’t even feel like eating. These are three of my favorite things… I’m getting cranky…