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dannnagi

527d

I need advice how do y'all deal with being overstimulated in public but you can't leave the situation

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    • faustmare

      527d

      Guide to Surviving The Outside World™ 🪐: Going out in public is hard, but it's required to gain Vitamin D and ease symptoms of depression. Humans are social creatures, and even the introverted ones need it (potentially even more than the extraverted ones!!) So here's what I bring with me to make being in public easier for me: - noise cancelling headphones; blocks out annoying/loud/excessive noises & deters people from talking to you - sunglasses; to protect your eyes from the brightness of the outdoors on sunny days - blue light glasses; to use when you're on your phone as a distraction/stim - fidget toy(s); for busying your hands, stimming, and keeping attention when talking to others - a friend; a small stuffed animal/doll/toy to keep with you as a comfort item - a big water bottle; one that closes properly and doesn't spill. Dehydration can cause irritability much faster. - chapstick; for the cold months, keep your lips moisturized to avoid licking them, causing chapping, which leads to sensory issues. - a reusable mask; putting this on can deter people from walking to close to you. - a small notepad + pen; helps when you think of something you want to remember later but know you'll forget it otherwise. An app on your phone works too, but requires more self discipline to avoid getting distracted by it - a calming substance/medicine; for sudden meltdowns that come out of nowhere- examples: CBD, anxiety meds, etc - a light jacket; it can be cold in places you'd never think would be cold, trust me! (Bonus points for a hood to hide last night's makeup and dark eyebags) - pain meds; for random headaches, muscle pain, soreness, etc. You never know when you might need them. - small hand sanitizer; avoid dirty/sticky/grimy hands that cause sensory issues. - small hand lotion/cream; use this after hand sanitizer to avoid cracked, dry hands, which is another sensory issue.

    • AimeeB

      522d

      I bring a pair of headphones and a fidget toy with me wherever I go. My favourite one is a fidget cube. As a preventative measure I try to get plenty of rest and to manage my anxiety levels (physical exercise and meditation).

    • Foxtail

      523d

      Loop earplugs. I use the experience pros to block out some sound but not all

    • Bre19

      524d

      Fidgets and headphones and going where its less crowded

    • Thymee

      525d

      Something that helps for me is getting a coffee or something beforehand, so I can at least have something to hold on to, and the temperature of the drink usually helps anchor me a bit if that makes sense? Like I can pour all of my energy into that one sensation and it will kind of help me not mind the others as much

    • faustmare

      527d

      Guide to Surviving The Outside World™ 🪐: Going out in public is hard, but it's required to gain Vitamin D and ease symptoms of depression. Humans are social creatures, and even the introverted ones need it (potentially even more than the extraverted ones!!) So here's what I bring with me to make being in public easier for me: - noise cancelling headphones; blocks out annoying/loud/excessive noises & deters people from talking to you - sunglasses; to protect your eyes from the brightness of the outdoors on sunny days - blue light glasses; to use when you're on your phone as a distraction/stim - fidget toy(s); for busying your hands, stimming, and keeping attention when talking to others - a friend; a small stuffed animal/doll/toy to keep with you as a comfort item - a big water bottle; one that closes properly and doesn't spill. Dehydration can cause irritability much faster. - chapstick; for the cold months, keep your lips moisturized to avoid licking them, causing chapping, which leads to sensory issues. - a reusable mask; putting this on can deter people from walking to close to you. - a small notepad + pen; helps when you think of something you want to remember later but know you'll forget it otherwise. An app on your phone works too, but requires more self discipline to avoid getting distracted by it - a calming substance/medicine; for sudden meltdowns that come out of nowhere- examples: CBD, anxiety meds, etc - a light jacket; it can be cold in places you'd never think would be cold, trust me! (Bonus points for a hood to hide last night's makeup and dark eyebags) - pain meds; for random headaches, muscle pain, soreness, etc. You never know when you might need them. - small hand sanitizer; avoid dirty/sticky/grimy hands that cause sensory issues. - small hand lotion/cream; use this after hand sanitizer to avoid cracked, dry hands, which is another sensory issue.

      • AnimalBoy

        521d

        @faustmare if i may add snacks to the list, it's easy to get over stimulated when you're hangry and it can be even worse if you're surrounded by a lot of food smells.

      • Atheris

        524d

        @faustmare woah! This rocks!

      • SalineTurnip

        524d

        @faustmare I keep much of this in my bag or in my car. I never go anywhere with less than three pairs of headphones lol. And I always take my favorite stuffed animal with me everywhere. 💚

      • dannnagi

        527d

        @faustmare thank you 😭

    • faustmare

      527d

      I literally wrote a list for my neurodivergent friend for this exact purpose, hold up

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