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I’m dealing with really bad autistic burnout and my sensory issues are hard for me to handle since my dissociation makes it so can’t tell when it’s starting to get bad. And partially because of this I realized that when I start to get overstimulated I seek low effort distractions to distract me from the pain, usually doom scrolling. But I think this might be part of the reason why I’m not making much progress in my recovery since it adds a lot of sensory input, distracting me but also making it worse or at least keeping it from calming down all the way. I’ve been trying to be more conscious of this and remove as much input as I can and just sitting in the dark with noise canceling headphones but it makes really hard to ignore the pain. I’ve tried breathing through it but it’s really hard to stay calm when it can take hours to die down. Do you guys have any ideas on how to help with this? Maybe distraction techniques that are sensory friendly and don’t take much effort/brain power?

    • Boogs


      This is exactly what I'm dealing with. My therapist suggested practicing mindfulness to me about a year ago and I didn't like the idea, but now I'm starting to try it and it's helping some. My stress reactivity is so sensitive and mindfulness helps lower the sensitivity of how quickly I get stressed.. if that makes sense. Like imagine you have a cup and every task or stressor fills it a little with water. When it overflows, you experience burnout or meltdowns. Having more sensitive stress reactions just means you start the day with a cup that already has water in it. It takes much less water or stressful events to overflow. Hopefully that was articulate.. it's my bedtime lol. Best of luck ❤️

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Some people have found relief by removing themselves from the situation and using comfort items like hoodies, toys, fidgets, and headphones. Others have suggested using noise-canceling headphones, grabbing a comfort blanket, laying in bed on their back, and doing breathing exercises. Some individuals also use devices or objects to distract themselves, such as a mini midi controller with built-in sounds or a simple fidget toy. Another suggestion is to touch your fingers to your thumb or press your thumb to your palm and circle it, which can help ground you and aid in breathing.

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