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The Fourth of July is just a few days away and people all around the country are stockpiling fireworks to celebrate. Noise can be a trigger for combat veterans and others who have PTSD. The sudden shock to the nervous system caused by the jolt of fireworks is exciting to some but can be extremely uncomfortable for others. If you are interested in creating a safe space for fourth of July celebrations, this guide is for you.

Let your neighbors know your plans for fourth of July. Though fireworks, music, and celebrations are to be expected, they may not be the most comfortable for all of your neighbors. Take time to courteously let your neighbors know your plans for fourth of July celebrations and what they will entail. Ask specifically if anyone in the household or the neighborhood is a combat war veteran or has any PTSD which might cause a severe aversion to the sound of fireworks. Learn about what happened to them, if they are interested in sharing, and what you can do to make their experience more comfortable.

Make compromise a matter of compassion. If you learn that people in your neighborhood struggle with their mental health on fourth of July, be willing to compromise some of your plans out of compassion for them. Instead of setting off fireworks all night, create a specific curfew so that your neighbors can be ensured a peaceful night’s rest without the terrifying interruption of trauma. Keep loud music to an amicable decibel and set a curfew for that as well. Ask your neighbors what sounds might trigger them in particular and ban those specific kinds of fireworks from your celebrations at your house. You can always leave the neighborhood and set off fireworks somewhere else. Sparklers are beautiful, fun ways to celebrate, without causing much noise.

Create a time of PTSD-friendly celebration and invite others. Fourth of July is about more than fireworks and barbecues or backyard parties. We celebrate the independence of America and the founding of a new country which gives us the freedom to be who we want to be. If veterans live in your neighborhood, invite them over to be celebrated with dinner and conversation. On a day when many veterans are left out of consideration, only to struggle as a result, be the neighbor who puts in special consideration and thanks to them.

We thank veterans for their service and sacrifice to protecting the freedoms of our country. If you or someone you love is struggling with trauma or PTSD, we welcome you to The Guest House Ocala with open arms. Our treatment programs for trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues are custom designed for each guest, meeting their unique needs. Call us today for information: 1-855-483-7800