Highly sensitive, overstimulated, anxious. It seems that I'm very sensitive to the environment around me. This can be overwhelming at times, but it can also be very exciting and beautiful. I found some notes on sensory overload in a notebook at work today and wanted to share these along with some positive aspects of sensory sensitivity.
|What sounds are comforting?|
-Ceiling fans or oscillating fans
-Slow, steady hymns
-Repetitive, rhythmic music
What sights are comforting?
-Light on water
-Vast, open land
-Books of lists/timelines/characters
-Pretty greeting cards
What textures are comforting?
-Low stone walls
-Petting animals or squeezing stuffed animals
What spaces are comforting?
-Enclosed spaces, weighted blanket
-Rocking chairs, swings
What smells are comforting?
-Burt's Bees hand cream (the one in a glass container)
What tastes are comforting?
-Mild herbal tea
What are some of my favorite places?
-Gettysburg battlefield, bicycle standing by.
-My Grandparent's porch at dusk.
-Friendly's with a Reeces Pieces Sundae :P
-The little Amish cemetery along Rt 45.
-Crew's quarters on the Fishing Schooner at Mystic Seaport.
What other ideas have people had?
|What things trigger sensory overload for me?|
-Bright light (sight)
-Disorderly clutter, books not lined up on bookshelves (sight)
-Many people moving at once (sight)
-Many people talking at once (sound)
-Loud music (sound)
-Strongly scented cleaners (smell)
-Certain candles (smell)
-Scratchy clothing, loose socks, non-cotton fabric (touch)
-Turtlenecks, scarves (touch)
How can I tell if I’m approaching sensory overload?
-Exhaustion, weakness, trembling
-Can't muster the strength to speak or make eye contact
-Rattled by ordinary sounds/smells/sights that typically don't bother me
-Tense, bracing myself
-Panicky, urge to run away, backs into corners
-Irritability, anger, defensiveness
What happens when my senses are overloaded?
How can I prevent sensory overload?
-Limit social outings to one hour
-Rest before and after
-Stay hydrated and well nourished
-Have an escape plan
What's in my sensory emergency kit?
-A little Red Blood Cell
-A yellow calcite stone
How can I recover from sensory overload?
-Rest in solitude with no scheduled plans the rest of the day
-If ill: lay down in a dark, quiet, cool room
-If stressed: rock, cry, listen to techno music, jump up and down, hug a plushie
How do I know when I’ve recovered from sensory overload?
-No longer feeling defensive or agitated
-Feeling eager to do things again