When I'm very anxious and overwhelmed, I get sensory overload, especially auditory hypersensitivity. Suddenly the electronic noises I have tuned out all day get really loud and I feel uncomfortable in my body, like I want to claw my way out. Of course this does nothing to alleviate the sense of overwhelm, it makes it ten times worse!
If it happened during work hours I would put on my headphones just to try and dampen the noises of lawn mowers and the roomba running downstairs, but it only does so much. Recently I got special earplugs for concerts, that will protect your ears from the noise while still letting you have conversations (trying to be a responsible adult and hopeful for a fun summer). And I realized that it's the perfect solution!
Photo by Karsten Winegeart
While my headphones do little for my computer's hum, the earplugs almost completely drown them out. It is a nice, quiet little world to live in, and it's well worth a try if you are oversensitive to sound either as an anxiety trigger or an anxiety response. Any earplugs will help, but I do like that these Alpine ones are washable and reusable. :)
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Hi, I'm Erika!
I know what it's like living with anxiety and depression, but living and living are very different things. I believe in practical tips and methods, and I will use them to help you be the brave, daring, darling individual you are.
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