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MatchaBunn

604d

Any advice for dealing with increased sensory overload and anxiety related to work? I’m in a retail environment, and I’ve taken on more shifts as we move towards the holidays and lost some team members. I know the lights, fast pace, standing, split attention, and noises are contributing to my sensory overload. So far all I can think to do is use earplugs. Sometimes I can’t even do that because I actually feel uncomfortable not being able to hear everything. We also have a stool at the register now, thankfully, but I barely get to use it when we’re busy. It has now, just like other retail positions I’ve worked, become a source of anxiety to go to work because I don’t want to get so worn down. I don’t like being in an environment where I have so little control, and I’m bombarded with so much on the daily. I have taken a step back from masking (ND traits), as much as I can help it, but it still feels like such an ill-fitting position. How have you managed sensory accommodations? Any advice for re-charging after work?

    • JoeyBoat

      604d

      Sometimes going into the bathroom, and taking a minute to breathe through an overload really helps…. You can put your earplugs in while you’re there, or I like to listen to my favorite song at a high volume 😖🤫… I have three versions of the same song, one is the CD version, one is a different rendition, and the third is slowed down and reverbed….. This usually helps slow my heart rate and breathing. Also, if you have a sensory toy you like, like something soft and comforting that you can keep in your pocket, that helps. You could also ask your boss if you could have the equivalent of a smoke break, just to get some fresh air outside… maybe take a little walk? Something I really like is looking at the river rocks in the parking lot.. it’s something nice to focus on.. Sudoku is a nice thing to focus on too

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