Sensory Processing Issues Not Just a Kid Thing!
When we hear about Sensory Processing Issues (SPD), we often think of children. But adults struggle just as much don’t they - don’t you? Yes, it's true! Many of us navigate our daily routines by managing these unique sensory challenges. Let's talk about what that looks like and how it can impact our lives.
Sensory processing issues are all about how our brains respond to things we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Just like children, adults with sensory issues might feel things too much or too little, and this can make it hard to go about our daily routines.
So, what's It Like?
Imagine this: You're at a lively party, music blasting, people laughing and talking, lights flashing, and delicious food on the table. But instead of having fun, you're overwhelmed. The music feels like a jackhammer in your ears, the lights are blinding, and the smell of the food makes you nauseous. This is an example of being hypersensitive or feeling things too much.
On the other hand, you might be the type of person who loves roller coasters, spicy food, or loud music. Things that others find too much are just right for you. You might not even notice when you're too cold or hot, or when you've hurt yourself. This can be an example of hyposensitivity, or feeling things too little. This can also play into coordination issues leading to clumsiness, frustration with learning to drive, or not enjoying sports with other people.
How Does It Affect Us?
Sensory processing issues can make everyday tasks difficult. You might find office work hard because the buzz of the lights is distracting. Or maybe you avoid social events because the noise and crowds are too much. Simple tasks like cooking can be a challenge if you're hypersensitive to smells or textures.
On the other hand, if you're hyposensitive, you might struggle with understanding your body's signals. You might not notice when you're hungry, tired, or when something hurts. This can make it hard to take care of yourself properly.
What Can We Do About It?
While it can be tough to live with sensory processing issues, there are strategies to help manage them. For example, if you're hypersensitive, you might want to carry earplugs for loud events or sunglasses for bright lights. You can also create a quiet, comfortable space at home where you can retreat when things get too overwhelming.
If you're hypersensitive, try setting alarms to remind yourself to eat, sleep, or take a break. Try activities that provide more intense sensory experiences, like a high-intensity workout, to help satisfy your need for more sensory input.
If you’re clumsy or a bit uncoordinated, you need to find appropriate, fun, and easy activities and exercises to fit into your lifestyle and improve your sensory integration.
And, most importantly, you need to have a proper assessment and deep understanding and awareness of your individual sensory thumbprint to be able to treat and manage it the best possible. Interested in exploring how to manage your sensory processing issues? Schedule a 15-minute Zoom consultation with me. Book your session here. Don't hesitate to reach out to me and the team. We can provide strategies, treatments, and techniques specifically tailored to your sensory needs.
Adults with sensory processing issues face unique challenges in their daily lives. But with understanding, coping strategies, and the proper support, these challenges can be treated and managed effectively. Remember, it's okay to do things a little differently and to take care of yourself in the way that works best for you!
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