Walking through the shops this time of year is nothing short of confusing. Halloween decorations on your left and Christmas decorations on your right. All lined up together like they share the same little box on our calendar. I find it confronting when I see it, to me there’s something VERY creepy about buying vampire teeth and tinsel!
This time of year we begin our annual busy period. We slowly start to climb the busy mountain and tackle a much larger to do list than we have during the rest of the year. Summer approaches, kids begin to count backwards in weeks, days and hours until the end of school and each day you feel your chest getting that bit tighter with each degree it gets warmer.
Throw in work deadlines, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties and before you know it your equilibrium is out of whack and you can’t take on another thing.
Our senses can work against us especially this time of year. But what if you can use your senses to find focus and create internal calm?
MAKING YOUR SENSES WORK FOR YOU
The five senses we are all familiar with – sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell – collect information about our environment that are interpreted by the brain. There are two more senses, vestibular and proprioception, these additional two senses relate to movement.
Sensory integration is the process by which we receive information through all seven senses and how we organise this information and use it to participate in everyday life.
This is fascinating, we all have our own individual sensory preferences. This individual preference determines our reaction to what happens to us throughout the day. For me, I love busy places, lots of people and I love conversations, they energise me, while this might completely overwhelm someone else.
Everyone characterises sensory experiences from a different perspective.
If we all have the same senses why do we have different preferences and reactions to things? Well, our preferences are established when we are infants, the approaches our parents used and the way our brains are wired in the womb.
I have a beautiful little boy who processes the world around him very differently, his daily experience is something I always admire, he experiences the world with a unique perspective and it has made him who he is. As a baby he was perfect, he slept when he was supposed to, he fed like a dream, he was happy, chubby and predictable. However, when he was a toddler and he began to experience differences in routine, people, food, noise aka life, we found he wasn’t able to process as most kids would. The journey he continually takes us on is mind blowing, his perspective, intellect and attitude to life is one of a kind, he has taught us so much and sensory preferences are one.
When you find yourself in sensory overload you need to find what individual approach will work for you. This may mean experimenting with a few different things until you find it.
Our senses can work against us, but they can also be our greatest strengths, if crowds, noise, and people are overwhelming, go for the complete opposite and seek solitude. If you despise being inside all day, if it makes you feel heavy and drained then get outside in the fresh air it is going to make you feel better. Feed your senses and listen to what they are telling you, doing so will help you stay focused and create internal calm.
I think I have a grip on things at the moment, as long as the hot cross buns aren’t out in October I should be able to hold it together!
SENSORY OVERLOAD – Know someone who needs to read this? Share it with them and spread the Glamor Hippie vibe! Also, I would love to hear about what you do to create an internal calm, please leave me a comment below.