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:
- Ventilate your home well to remove strong smells.
- Consider earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to minimize or eliminate loud sounds.
- Take care of your skin and reduce irritation by using gentle products and avoiding temperature extremes, such as very hot or very cold water.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and dress in light layers that you can remove if the weight of your clothes starts to irritate your skin.
- 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.
- Create a retreat. On particularly difficult days, a comfortable, cool, darkened room might be a soothing place to relax and recharge.
- Wear sunglasses. Inside or out, if you feel sensitive to light or certain patterns, put on some shades and give your eyes a break.