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12 Signs You’re OVERSTIMULATED (and likely feeling awful)

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Come on, you know the drill. You have scores of things going-on – simultaneously, no less. You’re huffing and puffing to keep pace. And on top of it all, you’re an emotional and mental car-crash. Crazier still, you wonder what’s wrong. Um, you’re overstimulated?

Sure, it’s not a problem for many; however, just as many of us are wired differently and don’t do well with commotion. Can we once and for all recognize and accept that?

Was talking with a very dear friend a couple of weeks ago, and lo and behold we discovered even more common ground. Oh, we knew we shared certain mood and anxiety leanings. But out of nowhere came something else…

We’re easily overstimulated. And if we don’t manage it, life can become way harder than it has to be.

How ’bout you? Ever think about it? This overstimulation biz can explain a lot of discomfort, as well as lead the way toward relief.

What Is Overstimulation?

If you do an internet search for overstimulation, a reference to babies and children will likely rank high. But that makes sense, doesn’t it? Sure, every so often noise, goings-on, sensations, too many faces add up to more than the little guy or gal can cope with. And, boom, on comes all sorts of misery (for all parties involved).

And so it is with many grown-ups…

Way too many visuals, sounds, smells, touches, flavors, vibes, thoughts, and feelings. And before we know it the beaker’s full – even overflowing.

Overstimulation – sensory overload – has arrived.

And if a mood or anxiety disorder sufferer is in the midst of the tumult, the trouble threshold can present much faster and the fallout can be more brutal.

By the way, here’s an interesting tidbit. It’s believed that 15-20% of us are considered to be a “highly sensitive person” (HSP). In the world of science it’s known as sensory-processing sensitivity (SPS).

In short, HSPs are much more responsive to their environment. And that’s because their nervous systems and minds allow more stimulation to enter without any sort of automatic or unconscious filter. Also, HSPs cognitively process their received stimulation in greater detail than others.

Think there might be potential for overstimulation here? Heck, who knows? Maybe you’re a HSP.


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You know as well as I that peacefully living with a mood or anxiety disorder is all about well-considered and targeted management. That includes prevention strategies. And so it is with the perils of overstimulation.

But how can you manage/prevent something if you don’t know what it looks like?

When it comes to overstimulation…

  1. You’re a spinning top. Attention, concentration, and direction are compromised.
  2. Distortions dominate your thinking
  3. Your thoughts – mind – are racing
  4. It’s so easy to get ticked-off at anything and anyone
  5. Your sleep can be barely existent or dominating
  6. You’re tired – emotionally, mentally, and physically
  7. You feel overwhelmed. And tears may come out of nowhere.
  8. Your already troubling mood or anxiety symptoms are spiking
  9. You physically hurt and ache
  10. Any self-esteem you had is plummeting
  11. You find yourself isolating
  12. Hopelessness is haunting you

Now, I’m not saying you have to run the table, experiencing all of them, but you get the idea. Keep an eye out for these twelve, because I really believe you’ll come to know when the trouble threshold is about to be crossed.

Let’s Close

You know, it’s so easy these days to fall into the trap of taking-on way too much, all at once. And even if we aren’t choosing to pile it on, stimuli surround us, constantly invading our personal space.

Sure, it’s not a problem for many; however, just as many of us are wired differently and don’t do well with commotion. Can we once and for all recognize and accept that?

Overstimulation is a major impediment to a peaceful existence. And it packs an even bigger wallop for someone enduring a mood or anxiety disorder. And now that you know it’s a player, and what it looks like, you can begin connecting some dots.

If there’s a personal fit, it’s time to work toward management.

Overstimulation: gain perspective and close the gate.

In the piece, I used the beaker analogy. Check-out an article I wrote a couple years back: Your Beaker, My Beaker: Why It’s Crucial to Understand They’re Different. I think it’ll hit home.

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