Support for veterans during fireworks
Tips from our clinical team
We understand that Fireworks can be difficult, so our specialist clinical team gives the following advice:
1. Plan your evening
On days where you know there will be fireworks like Bonfire Night, New Years Eve or a party, being prepared for this can help you cope. You may wish to go out or, if you think that will to be too much, you might prefer to stay at home. Make plans that will ensure your comfort.
2. Identify your triggers
The strong smells and sounds around fireworks can trigger memories. It can be helpful to have competing sensory aid to hand, such as essential oils or soothing music.
If fireworks are causing anxiety, use your breath to calm your body. Breathe at a pace that feels comfortable and ensure that your out-breaths are long and slow to help calm you down and reduce your anxiety.
4. Stay in the here and now
Identify some things you see around you, focussing on how they look, smell, feel, sound or taste. This can all help bring you into the present and can be helpful if you are feeling zoned out or getting vivid memories.
5. It's good to talk
If you are finding fireworks hard to deal with tell someone close to you and make sure that, if you do go out to an event where there are fireworks you are able to leave whenever you need to.
You can call our free and confidential 24-hour Helpline for mental health advice and support. Call us on 0800 138 1619, text us on 07537 404 719 or email.