Ha! I deal with this also. I did choose a neighborhood that is a little quieter. I also play music to help me fall asleep, or during the day if people are being noisy. I'm a big fan of meditation, so perhaps you could focus on one noise that is bothering you (the neighbors) and focus on slowing your breath and calming yourself while thinking about that nuisance. Also, if there are gunshots in your area, make sure you are safe and feel safe. Do you have the local non-emergency police number easily accessible? Do you have friends who you could stay with if here is another scary encounter? Being safe and prepared will also put your mind at ease!
I live in a major metro area where I attend grad school. There are a lot of anxieties that come with this lifestyle. Speaking to the city and leaving grad school out of it, there are a lot of anxiety inducing activities outside of my control. Tonight I am dealing with incredibly noisy upstairs neighbors after hearing gunshots outside of my apartment (definitely distinguishable from fireworks esp. considering I heard the men arguing and threatening each other just prior). How do other people living in metro areas, in occasionally violent neighborhoods, or in apartments deal with these problems outside of your control? The lack of sleep is most certainly interrupting the work I am doing to learn to deal with my anxiety. Any suggestions much appreciated.
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