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Tristen
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Nuerodivergent Sensory Overload

Recently joined the platform, and I've noticed there a lot of fellow nuerodivergents on here.And I've seen a lot of people talking about masking, and how much different (more difficult) the world is for us then our typical counterparts. All valid points. The world will probably never change for us. For a little background, grew up in the early 90' where they just told us to shut up and sit still. Called us weird, or annoying. Bullies. Detentions. Getting targeted by the unsavory for our youthful innocence. It's still not great out there, but it's improving. The fact is we only can control ourselves, our reactions, and our preparation. So here's some tips to help with over the stimulation that often drives our less proud moments: 1) Noise cancellation. Use it. Not music, just quiet. Auditory processes and tinitus can wreak havoc our nervous system. 2) Blue light blocking lenses (Gunnar). The blue spectrum from electronics is very hard on our eyes. Combine that with he rapid moving colors and emotional attachment to our work, it can create immense fatigue and overload. These glasses will change your office life. 3) Self Care. Think of your ability to "people" like a cup. Sticking to your routine, taking your meds on time, working out, and putting your phone on DND are all great examples of how to "fill your cup". Time or conversation with our safe friends that are able to distract the intrusive thoughts. Mediation, fitness, nutrition, are all essential. More for us for the extra stimulus of being drained or physical discomfort. 4) Stop masking. You're you, and you're beautiful in your way. Spend some time working on taking the edge off your vocabulary, so your default reactions sound more pleasant, even if the message remains the same. "Being on" is the biggest drain I've experienced, just be yourself and let the pieces fall. If it goes bad, take notes and look for a culture that fits you. None of this probably news to anyone, and these won't solve all the problems. However, being aware and able to plan for our triggers helps us have control of how we respond to them. Hope this is helpful! (edited)

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You've worded that well , I hope more "regular" people read it and grasp your points! Yep I am 1 of the neuro diverse on here 😉

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