Ideas of what to do when I don't feel safe
My counsellor and I are currently working on ways I can feel safe in my own home due to a situation with my neighbour. Basically, he's a heroin addict and the noise he creates when he can't get anything and also his constant begging for food, gas, electric, whatever (basically he uses any excuse to get money so he can go and get some heroin) is really stressing me out and having a negative impact on all aspects of my life, particularly uni and my relationships with people. One of the reasons my friend and I are constantly arguing is because of him, the stress makes me shut down in every sense of the word and she finds it difficult to cope with that as I still need to shower, go to uni, get my coursework done and do things around the house. The one thing that particularly stresses her out is when I go non-verbal, i.e. can't talk. She is understanding about this, but when it is over a prolonged period of time I understand why it's difficult to cope with, especially when friendship is a two-way street and she needs my support too.
I came up with a little list of my own as part of 'therapy homework' on what I need in order to feel safe, but I'm having issues with the 'what to do when I don't feel safe' bit. Any ideas welcome!