When feeling sensory overload, what are things that work to ground yourself?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I like to lay in my bed in the dark with white noise. I put a blanket wrapped around me and hug my stuffed animals. It’s good sensory stuff that makes me feel calmer
Removing the thing that is overwhelming me the most. Crawl under my weighted blanket if I can. Pet my spouse’s bratty service dog who has decided to task for me sometimes 😂 or let her do dpt. Something noise cancelling if possible. Sunglasses
breathing slowly, turning off lights and unnecessary sounds, taking off tight or uncomfortable clothing and replacing it with well textured baggy clothing, fidgeting with my hands, moving to a less crowded or less chaotic room if i'm somewhere that requires it, eating a hard candy like jolly ranchers with a good flavor that i can focus on, petting my dog or cats when they're sleeping. those things and more can really help me calm down and ground myself before i get worked up or overstimulated!
I usually pace, use fidget toys, earbuds, my sensory blanket and favorite stuffy and stim.
When things get too loud i try to put my headphones on :0! Or do something isolating if that helps like going outside in my car or closing my room door. Sometimes overstimming the overstimulation is all i can do, like playing a video i like and hoping it distracts me if that makes sense!
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