Do You or Your Loved Ones Over-React to Stimulation?
Does overstimulation tie you up in knots? We live in a fast-paced world, and hypersensitive people really struggle. They actually suffer because they can’t filter or buffer sensory input. Sometimes they can’t coordinate sensory stimuli. This prevents them from being nourished through what we call the “special senses,” which includes touch, sound, visual, and vestibular (weight shifting).
People who are hypersensitive are tied up inside. They usually struggle with:
- Sound; they can’t filter sound, and may block their ears or have auditory startle responses
- Touch: they can be touch sensitive and annoyed by clothing or physical contact
- Responding mentally or over-analyzing situations, i.e. “be in their head.”
- Isolation, and see this as protection yet miss out on social events due to lack of comfort due to overstimulation responses
- Vigilance, a form of “over-watching” with the eyes and nervous system that fatigues the bodymind connection.
5 Tips for Hypersensitive people
Don’t suffer needlessly. Get help from our qualified therapists at The Brook Institute who understand the relationship between body and mind. Also try these tips below:
- Become curious about sensation. Is it sharp, cold, gray, prickly? Can you change it with awareness?
- Add breath and tell yourself it is just sensation, the wave of discomfort will pass
- Try auditory support that works with the inner ear and brain, such at a Tomatis Listening program
- Help de-sensitize overly responsive nerves. Get proprioception (the ability to feel inner pressure) working by getting hugs across your major joints in the arms or hips. Play “squishy bug” with children by folding them in with pressure.
- Do “skin brushing,” and practice making sound and “reaching toward sound rather than contracting the inner muscles of the ear.
Finally, if you have already tried these methods, contact The Brook Institute. We can help. Our therapists are trained to work with early imprints that often go unrecognized yet produce hypersensitivity in the nervous system. Whether you are a parent seeking help for your child, or an adult wanting relief, you can be sure we can help to relieve underlying shock and re-pattern the nervous system.