“Strong sensory issues – sounds, sights, smells, touch, and prone to overload. (Less likely to have taste/food texture issues as males.)” Touch and sounds are my greatest sensory avoidant issues. I really don’t like to be touched by other adults! I also get very upset by certain sounds, like motorcycles, loud voices, and silverware touching […]
Whenever you enjoy your favorite sensory stims, make sure to keep a pulse on your overload radar. I love visual stims, but in the long run, they drain me. Never be afraid to just step away and recharge.
Reevaluate your space. I thought I had an organization structure for my closet that made sense and didn’t overstimulate me. But in a year’s time, I’d accumulated many more items (mostly related to my special interests)! It’s time to rearrange so my home can truly be a place to rest and recharge.
Light your spaces with fairy lights and holiday lights or use fabric and lampshades for a dimming effect. While cafe lights and fogged bulbs may look industrially aesthetic, over time they may be overstimulating you.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, reliving in your mind every possible social mistake you could have made that day? When this happens to me, I pray. I also suggest deep breathing exercises, reading a book you’ve read many times, or drinking something warm while journaling. Whatever you do, try […]
Consider the color of your decor. Even if bright colors (like orange, yellow, or any neons) are your favorite, try to keep your home decor neutral or pastel. It will do wonders with maintaining a comfortable stimulation balance.
I hear background noise much louder than foreground noise. Coupled with the fact that I struggle to look at people when I’m sensorily overwhelmed, it can be a real struggle to hear directions during high stress moments. So far, I haven’t learned any life-saving coping skills for this, except to say, “Excuse me? I couldn’t […]
The stress adds up, the stimulation peaks, the mask breaks: the sight goes red, and here comes the makings of an anger meltdown. The majority of meltdowns for the female autistic person happen at home, when she can finally shed the mask of pretending to be neurotypical. Yet, this can be damaging for our relationships […]
Time is essential for overstimulation recovery. A packed schedule, with one stimulating activity leading to another, is my worst emotional enemy. At times, I feel the temptation to stay up late for extra hours of what I hope to be a special interest reboot, but I find in the morning that the loss of sleep […]
This is exactly how overstimulation feels inside my brain and my body. My number one overstimulator right now is schoolwork for my Master’s. When I’m like this, the only way to calm down is lights out. Or, put more plainly: 1) Shut down all electronics, lie in bed, and daydream; 2) Go for a long […]