7 simple ways to reduce exposure to sensory overload triggers

Sensory overload is now a well recognised symptom of chronic pain and fatigue syndromes. 

Everyday Health recommends the following for managing this.

Avoid your triggers. As much as you can, control your environment so that you limit potential causes of discomfort:

  1. Ventilate your home well to remove strong smells.
  2. Consider earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to minimize or eliminate loud sounds.
  3. Take care of your skin and reduce irritation by using gentle products and avoiding temperature extremes, such as very hot or very cold water.
  4. Wear loose-fitting clothes and dress in light layers that you can remove if the weight of your clothes starts to irritate your skin.
  5. Set boundaries. When her sensitivity to light is especially intense, Pringle simply explains to family members that she can't watch TV with them right at that moment.
  6. Create a retreat. On particularly difficult days, a comfortable, cool, darkened room might be a soothing place to relax and recharge.
  7. Wear sunglasses. Inside or out, if you feel sensitive to light or certain patterns, put on some shades and give your eyes a break.

 

Source: excerpt from everyday health article http://www.everydayhealth.com/fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-coping-with-sensory-overload.aspx

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